Itís always a good time of year to give your yarn stash and tools a quick overview and organize things a bit. If youíre anything like me, projects get started and may or may not be finished before the next project is underway. Yarn may get pulled out to use as an accent color, and not put back in its proper place. Tools generally end up in the right area, but arenít always neatly put in their place.
So, hereís what I do about twice a year to make sure my yarn stash is as beautiful as the things I make with it.
First, I organize my yarns by weight. That way, when Iím looking to match yarn to a particular project, all the yarns that qualify are in the same place. I have square baskets to hold my yarns that sit nicely next to each other, so I line them up from crochet thread on the left to super massive on the right. This way, whether the baskets are labeled or not, I can easily approximate where to look, based on the weight required for my project.
Then I have subcategories within each yarn weight category. For me, the first division is between fiber types. I like to keep my wool yarn separate from alpaca, silk, cotton or mohair, etc. Each gets its own section.
Then, within the fiber types, I organize by color. That way, itís really easy to see at a glance what colors will complement each other for a project, and I believe itís easier to be creative when things are visually appealing and organized.
Organized yarn makes a beautiful display item. Perhaps youíd like to group some neutrals together in a basket as a visual feature on the bookshelf in your study. Or perhaps balls of bright holiday colors in a bowl are the perfect coffee table conversation starter.
And, of course, thereís no need to keep your main stash stowed away in the dark, no matter the size. You may be surprised, especially once itís organized by color, how beautiful your stash is. Bookshelves with cubbies or baskets turned on their sides are a wonderful place to store yarn. A large portion of my current stash is in stackable wooden crates, turned on their sides and stacked creatively.
Tools can also be stored beautifully. Hooks look lovely stored in pen cups, or rolled in a custom sewn cloth storage pouch. Tapestry needles and stitch markers are cute when stored on items meant for earring storage. Buttons and other notions are lovely in clear glass jars.
Itís easy to think of your yarn and supplies as the ugly or utilitarian side of your creative endeavors, but this doesnít have to be so. You choose beautiful yarns, and they can be beautiful even in the waiting.