Need to get your yarn stash organized? Check out my yarn organization project!
Several months ago, I published an article about yarn organization and storage. Today I thought: it’s a new year, perhaps it’s time to put my yakking into practice and try doing some reorganization. (Warning: this is a photo-heavy post!)
I did do some reorganization since the photo that showed my messy stash in that article. You might remember I had some plastic stacking shelves shoved onto actual wooden shelves. (Don’t remember? Here’s the photo.)
I did finally decide it was silly to have those shelves on shelves, and so I pulled the stacking shelves out and put them on the floor, stacked. I know, what a concept. However, the yarn was still a mess.
Getting Yarn Organization in Gear
I started doing a little bit of preliminary sorting a few nights ago. Well, all right…mostly I was just trying to find the perfect shade of purple yarn for a toy I wanted to make.
In the process of digging for that perfect shade, I went ahead and sorted out some of my acrylic yarn in anticipation of putting it back on the top shelf for storage. Here’s the photo I took this morning before I finished this project:
As you can see, there is sorting in process. That canvas hanging shelf holding yarn, by the way, was temporary. I had no intention of leaving it in my office, because it takes up too much space. Because I have more acrylic yarn than any other kind of yarn, I keep it in my top stacking shelf.
But it occurred to me that it might be smarter to start with the bottom shelf and work my way up. So I removed the top three shelves and got down to business.
On my bottom shelf, I have novelty yarn.
I don’t have much novelty yarn, so it didn’t take me long to sort, obviously. I’m still trying to decide what to do with the remaining yarn you see here. I’ll probably make cell phone purses with a lot of it. The suede-like yarn and that brown furry yarn have me rather stumped, though.
The next shelf had my wool and wool-blend worsted and bulky yarns.
As you can see, it’s a mess. I pulled all the yarn out and started returning it to the shelf, little by little, arranging it by color.
This didn’t take too long. Fortunately, I don’t have nearly as much of this type as I do acrylic.
I really like how it turned out. (That clear plastic bag to the far right has small amounts of leftover yarn, mostly worsted weight, that I hope to use for another project like the scrap hat I made a few weeks ago.)
My second to top shelf contains fingering and DK weight yarn. Most of it is wool or wool-blend, but some of it is cotton blend. Oh man, folks…one look at this shelf and I knew I had a problem.
You see that bag full of yarn to the right of the shelf? That would be the decent quantity of sock yarn given to me by a very generous friend who was destashing. Offering me free yarn is basically the equivalent of waving a red flag before a bull.
That bag has been sitting in a box in my office since it arrived about a month ago. See how very organized and with-it I am? (Uh-huh.)
This would be a shawl in progress. It still has the removable cable from the set of interchangeable circular needles I used to start it. Honestly, I need to frog this darned thing. I don’t even remember the shawl pattern I was using, and it was nothing but trouble for me when I was knitting it. I’ll reclaim this yarn… later.
I was making some pretty decent progress in my sorting… but wait, what the heck is this?
Oh yes. The Sock Loom. I have come to realize that I will not now, nor will I ever again, use this sock loom. A few years ago, my husband and I bought this sock loom under the mistaken impression that it would be quicker creating socks on this little gadget than on needles. We were wrong. For me, the process was agonizingly slow and not much fun.
I apologize to those of you who love your sock looms. They just aren’t for me.
(So, would anyone like to buy it, cheap? I’m not kidding.)
And done! Check this out! I’m pretty proud of it. Yes, it could be neater if I took the time to wind all these yarns into identical cakes, but I’m not going to bother. Nothing is attempting to roll away or fall off, so I’m pretty happy.
Now then. Here comes the big project. The acrylic yarns! Of course this project was half-finished since I’d already sorted the yarns. But that was a lot of yarn to try to arrange in one stacking shelf. I used a “Roy G. Biv” pattern, meaning I started with the reds and pinks, then moved to the oranges, then the yellows, and so on.
Although I combined my white yarn with my yellow, aside from that, I followed the model pretty closely.
This was tricky just because there is so much yarn, I had to stuff it and pack it in to an extent that isn’t really that aesthetically pleasing, but hey, it worked. I was pretty pleased with myself, until I noticed this.
Oh no! My neutral yarns – black, brown, and gray. Sitting on my desk. Where would I put them? Wait, wait…hold the phone. I think I have something here.
What’s this? A nice big empty bag hanging on the wall? Sure, I’ll take it.
Yes, that’ll do just fine.
Whew, that was a close one! For a moment there I — OH NO.
Argh! I forgot the variegated yarns! What am I going to do with these?! Wait… wait…that bag. You suppose I could fit those variegated acrylics right there beside the neutral yarns in the hanging bag?
Why, yes. It just so happens I can!
My Finished Yarn Organization Project
And there you have it, the end of my yarn organization project. I hope you enjoyed following along and, with any luck, got a few chuckles out of it. And I hope I’ve inspired you to tackle any yarn organization projects you may need to take on!