A note from Kathleen: Interweave Crochet's project editor Sarah Read recently blogged about a subject near and dear to us fiber fiends, especially those of us who enjoy knitting and crochet, and when I read about Sarah's stash adventure, I knew you'd love to read about her journey, too.
Taming the Stash
When faced with a feral stash, you may have heard that the safest course
is to curl up in a ball, cover your neck, and play dead. But I believe that
even the wildest of stashes can be tamed. And yes, that's my own stash up
there, back when it was very wild indeed (a few weeks ago).
The first step in taming your stash is to get
ALL of it and spread it out where you can see it. (From experience, I can tell you that this is best done while small children and the yarn-prejudiced are not at home.) As you lay it out, divide it
by sections, like so:
|It's a little hard to see my category names in this photo. Clockwise from left, they are: Acrylic Island, Sock Valley, Accessories Alley, Cotton Cove, Mountains of Thread, Sea of Sweaters, and Bay of Lace. A little humor never hurt any of us, right?
Have your empty bins handy, and load the yarn into the bins according to
category. Create categories that make the most sense to you. For example, my
1. Sweater yarn (sweater quantities of worsted yarn)
2. Tee yarn (yarn for short-sleeved garments)
3. Sweaters made of itty bitty yarn (sport and fingering weight in sweater
5. Cottons and linens
7. Sock yarn
8. Super fancy-pants sock yarn
9. Acrylic and baby yarn
10. Single skeins (not of the cotton, lace, thread, sock, or acrylic variety)
The next step is to build a fort out of your bins.
Then, when you have conquered the world from the safety of your yarn fort, file
the bins away in their storage space.
|My hanging holder of projects
If you know the next few (or many) projects you intend to start, keep them
filed in a separate, easy-to-access system. My friend Sheri from The Loopy
about her fabulous baskets, and one of her readers suggested using a hanging
shoe holder as a great space saver, which seemed like the perfect solution for
me, as my attic studio has no level walls.
It's great for holding a small- to
medium-sized project worth of yarn, as well as the pattern for the yarn, so
five years from now, when you finally get to that project, you remember what it
was going to be.
Congratulations! You are now a stash-tamer. You are probably also much more
aware of the scope of your stash. I was actually comforted by the process, especially when
I ended up with two extra empty bins that were certainly not empty the last
time I did this. That means two things to me:
1. I have two empty bins to fill, and
2. If I can work through two bins a year, I'm not as close to Stash Acquisition
Beyond Life Expectancy as I thought I was.
So . . . now it's your turn to flash your stash! Come to the forums and
share your stash, feral or tame!