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Cone yarn storage ideas
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Dec 18, 2013 18:09:59   #
Okay, I have a mess and I need to FINALLY organize my cone yarns for my knitting machines.

I have one cone tree which holds 88 cones....FULL already..
Do most of you sort by color or fiber? I am trying to put some shelving in my knitting room closet to hold some of my cones. I have the cones covered with the gallon plastic bags (the old fashion twist tie kind) to keep them protected from dust. I have tried using plastic tubs, but then have to pull out and dig through...I would love to display them somehow, maybe I would get some Inspiration to actually knit something....I do have one closed cabinet I store sock yarn in, it's nice to open the doors amd admire my beautiful yarns.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

After I get some of these cones organized, I'll list some of my stash for sale! I really just have too many cones!! It will be my loss and your the classified section after the holidays for some bargins. Need to sell some machines too!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Marietta, Ga
Dec 18, 2013 18:31:59   #
Hi Rhonda, I have MOST of my coned yarn in a couple of tall cabinets like you can buy at Staples or Home Depot, etc. I inherited 172 cones when my sister passed away and had no idea what I would do with it all. The cabinets hold maybe 3/4 of it! I tried to organize it buy wt, fingering, etc. (I'm in Canada and they may be called different things). I couldn't bear to part with any of it! Good luck!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well.
Dec 18, 2013 18:39:39   #
I have an 10 foot long wall in my room. My husband got some 8 foot long boards that are 1 inch by about 4 inches. Screwed them into the wall. spaced them about 6 to 8 inches apart from the ceiling to the floor. Drilled an angled hole in each board every 6 to 8 inches across and glued a dowel into it. Now i have a whole wall full of cones. Over a hundred easy. Hope i described it so you would understand what i was trying to say.
Dec 18, 2013 19:41:15   #
The shelves are 36" wide and 18"deep, ceiling is 10'. On the left side are synthetics, right side mostly cotton. That is not all, I also have about 8 large tubs. All wool is in 2 tubs, some in the freezer to keep the moths out.
I bought a knitting room full of stuff at an estate sale, came with 500 cones of yarn.

Dec 18, 2013 20:36:29   #
My yarn set up is similar to Karla's. I too, sort them by fiber type. This photo was taken when I first set up the shelves. I now have all the cones in plastic bags and curtains hung around the shelves to cover them up.

Dec 18, 2013 20:45:40   #
Thank you everyone for your help, love your ideas! I think I too will sort by fiber, most of my yarn is acrylic and acrylic blends, lots of cotton, sock yarn which is super wash, wool/nylon, and some 100% wool for felted slippers and socks.

I think I need more of the shelving units! Home Depot here I come! I'll wait until January since that seems to be organizing month here in the USA! We all try and get more organized every January!!

Thank you all so much,
Marietta, GA
Dec 18, 2013 21:10:42   #
You may want to check your local Craiglist or similar listings before going to HD. I found mine on Craiglist and paid a fraction of the cost from brand new units. My unit is the commercial type. They're strong and shelves are adjustable. I don't think HD carry something like that.
Dec 18, 2013 21:45:46   #
Great idea! I'll check there first..

Dec 18, 2013 22:44:18   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
You could always send me some! :lol: :lol:

Actually the shelving would be the best idea!
Dec 18, 2013 23:05:10   #
Thank you, I am thinking that too. I've been at it off and on all day! I'm finding yarn I had forgotten about! It's like a treasure hunt!, the more I pull out the bigger the mess! But I do see an end in site......maybe before I go to bed!

Dec 19, 2013 07:39:38   #
Do we ever have enough room or yarn? But I can see by the posts that there are some people with a lot more yarn than I have. Now we just need to knit it up!
Dec 19, 2013 07:51:20   #
Stitch Witch
Glad, or maybe not, that I'm not the only one with cone storage difficulties. I have mine on shelves. Ergo, the dust problem. Anyway, I'll be looking for your sales in the classifieds. In the meantime, due to a computer upgrade, I have lost all the email addresses for purchasing cone yarn. Can any of your lovely folks aid me in getting back into the buying business? Thanks.
Dec 19, 2013 07:57:57   #
I have some in tubs and some on shelving, but the best advice is keep exposed ones dust free with plastic bags, and DEFINITELY keep them out of sunlight! Nothing worse than finding that your cone of yarn has sun faded on the top edges and you get that mottled look when you knit it into something!!
Dec 19, 2013 09:10:52   #
SOunds great. You are very lucky.
Linda888 wrote:
I have an 10 foot long wall in my room. My husband got some 8 foot long boards that are 1 inch by about 4 inches. Screwed them into the wall. spaced them about 6 to 8 inches apart from the ceiling to the floor. Drilled an angled hole in each board every 6 to 8 inches across and glued a dowel into it. Now i have a whole wall full of cones. Over a hundred easy. Hope i described it so you would understand what i was trying to say.
Dec 19, 2013 09:15:31   #
I have those white plastic coated wire shelves that you get from Home Depot or similar. I put them about a foot from the ceiling around the room. They are out of the way, so don't take up any room, yet I can just glance up and see everything. Covered in plastic and sorted by fiber. They get no sun because of being up high.
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