Knitting & Crochet Blog Week: Day 3

Day Three: 30th March. Tidy mind, tidy stitches.

How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised? It seems like an easy to answer question at first, but in fact organisation exists on many levels. Maybe you are truly not organised at all, in which case I am personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are organised, blog about an aspect of that organisation process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organised stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry.

Yeah. Organized.

Not really. It’s a loose sort of organization– everything has a place, but sometimes it’s a rather large place. So, I accept your challenge! Starting at the top:

The bookcase in the sitting room has a few things. The really old wool is from one of my mother’s uncle’s sheep, and it’s probably about forty years old. At various points in time both my father and I tried to learn to drop spindle using it, with little success. Now it’s being turned into a pad to go underneath one of my lamps, replacing the manila envelope that’s currently protecting the table from getting rust rings on it. The fishies are cat toys that need to be felted, the stuffing is just there because it’s convenient, and the chandelier is waiting for me to take it to the Habitat store. Not seen in frame: spinning wheel.

Like many other mantelpieces, ours accumulates random stuff. In addition to many smallish breakable objects, it has a vase of hooks, some books and yarn that haven’t made it to other places, the box of rabbit parts, and our previous cat. Not seen: couch with mostly-finished afghan, bag with tablecloth-in-progress.

And now we get to the real trove, in the basement. This is what we’ve been calling the “server room.” Not all of these boxes and bags contain yarn; some contain clay and other random thingies, and some are actually empty. Somewhere in here there are baskets with yarn in them, which used to be lined up along the wall in the condo living room. Not seen: the computer rack and file cabinets.

These are in the main room in the basement. I don’t know how large the blue tubs are; we borrowed them from J’s brother to move things in. So I probably should get them unpacked and stuff shifted into bins that we own, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. There’s also some dye supplies in here, and some miscellaneous small tools. But mostly yarn and unspun fiber.

The basement room also has a lovely built-in bookcase; this is just one section of it. Only one shelf has craft books on it; the other shelves are novels and textbooks. Not seen: games and more novels.

So that’s it. One of these days I plan to organize it all more, or at least get things out of the pile o’ boxes in the server room, but until then it’s ok. I know approximately where everything is, even if I have to go through a box or two to find it.


This is a part of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011, organized by Eskimimi. To see all the posts for Day Three, google today’s tag.

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