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Sep 10, 2019 13:46:59   #
GeorgialCampbell
 
I've been reading some posts about buying yarn and stashes, my question is how do you organize your yarn? My stash goes from Thread to 100% cotton, to sock yarn, all the way to extra bulky... Do you put it worsted weight? color? brands? I've got more then 12 extra large totes full of yarn and I don't know how many smaller totes...And that doesn't include pattern books (I just ordered another one today) and what about all the knitting needles, straight, circular fitted, circular kits, double pointed, and lets don't forget all crochet hooks either and everything else I can't live without... Do I have a problem??

Georgia
 
Sep 10, 2019 13:51:41   #
ptspraker (a regular here)
 
I think we all, most of us at any rate, have the same problem. Just think, we could be buying drugs instead of yarn and then we would have a real problem. LOL.
Sep 10, 2019 13:53:34   #
aljellie (a regular here)
 
First by weight, then by color and store in plastic bags in plastic bins from Target. When I find a project I want to make, I select yarn and put in a separate plastic bag with the pattern.
Sep 10, 2019 14:05:02   #
ckmc
 
I have all my stash recorded in Ravelry. I have bins for my yarn and each bin is numbered. I include the bin number in Ravelry so I know where to find it. Sock yarn is stored in a bin, cotton in another, but everything else is pretty much stored in whatever bin has room. My fixed circular needles are stored in a plastic accordion folder, in the original bags, but size.

Straight needles in a cloth holder. All of this, including my interchangeable sets are stored in a drawer in my double recliner along with other miscellaneous accessories.

WIPs are stored in project bags and then in baskets stored in a bench in my living room.

I recently got a cat so everything has to be tucked away.
Sep 10, 2019 14:38:28   #
JMBeals
 
Unfortunately, my yarn isn't organized, but I hate searching for the "right" needle, so try to keep them under control. I pick up audio books in the thrift shops when available and sometimes they're badly damaged/won't play. The cases are excellent for storing cords ( have lots of Knitters Pride) and my 9"-12" fixed circs. If the "pages" are too flimsy, I make new ones from clear plastic. I sew a flap on the "page" top in any case, to make sure the contents behave themselves. Well-labeled and easy to find on the bookshelf.
Sep 10, 2019 16:59:56   #
kjanel
 
When I have all my yarn organized, I use 5 drawer plastic storage containers you can buy at a Walmart Supercenter. I can use masking tape, then write with a Sharpie marker on it the type of yarn ( cotton, acrylic, polyester, etc).After it's all written out, I like to put it on the right drawer.
 
Sep 10, 2019 17:02:14   #
kjanel
 
One thing I might add, I have knitting and crochet books in my living room bookcase. The storage units are in my bedroom beside the bed and in my large closet.
Sep 10, 2019 17:06:58   #
grannyfly81 (a regular here)
 
I store my yarn in plastic bins with a list of what is inside. Brand,type,weirht,ounces,grams,yards and color. I have a note book where a copy of each page so I check my notebook first then go to the bin. My fixed circulars are in a big open bag with dividers. Needles are kept in plastic they came in. Straights in a case. Interchangeable needles in case they came in. I have projects in bags along with needles needed,accessories,yarn and copy of pattern in a sheet protector. Each bag has set of crochet hooks as well. I have several of all needles and hooks and I have about 15 project bags of different sizes. I got hit by the big bad so I am ready for anything.
Sep 10, 2019 17:45:22   #
Tamsen (a regular here)
 
ptspraker wrote:
I think we all, most of us at any rate, have the same problem. Just think, we could be buying drugs instead of yarn and then we would have a real problem. LOL.


Ah, finally something to tell my husband!
Sep 10, 2019 17:59:48   #
Evie RM (a regular here)
 
I have my stash organized in those large plastic 3-drawer units that I can stack 2 high. I put all my worsted weight yarn together, all my cotton yarn together, all my baby & 3-ply yarn together, all my crochet thread together and all my specialty yarn together. Within each type of yarn, I keep all the colors that are the same together. I don't list what is inside as I can see into the clear drawers. I still plan to label each drawer, but haven't gotten that done yet.
Sep 10, 2019 19:44:38   #
bokemom (a regular here)
 
Organization tends to be so personal. I didn't start getting it under control until I really thought about the way I pick projects and how I use my things. I have my fixed circulars in a CD case. I use vacuum bags to store yarn. I try to keep fiber types together. Before I vacuum pack my yarn, I lay everything that's going in that bag out on the bed and take a picture. When I take something out of a bag I replace the old picture with a new one. But what works for me may not work for anyone else.
 
Sep 10, 2019 21:27:32   #
redquilter (a regular here)
 
I have a very big walk in closet on the third floor. Had a long, closet pole hung and bought those shoe storage hanging shelf bags (zippered so no dust gets in) I store by weight, then color. Books & patterns I keep in a bookcase in my sewing room. Knitting needles in one of those decorative kitchen utensil holders, circulars in a cabinet. Crochet hooks are all in various pretty pencil cases - each one contains the same variety hook sizes, small scissors, yarn needles and measuring tape. These are all in various project bags and one is in my sewing room.
Sep 10, 2019 22:42:36   #
Montana Gramma (a regular here)
 
95% of my yarn is on chrome shelving in dark closets and wardrobes. That that isn't is in plastic tubs or market bags away from the sunshine. I organize by content and color in that group.
The shelves are full. I either make a dozen afghans right away , to enable the thrift visits or just avert my eyes.
I think I will get started on those afghans, lol!
Sep 11, 2019 05:10:05   #
Licus
 
Not a problem - just a passion!
Sep 11, 2019 06:17:36   #
carlamwest
 
Ugh! I'm almost into my new house. The upstairs isn't finished but that's where I have all the "overstock" in plastic totes and banana boxes (which I need to swap out into totes when I can) and downstairs in my "me room" I have WIPs and yarn for the next few projects AND scraps.
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