The weekend I got my stash in order

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If, as I did, you’ve got yarn stuffed into tote bags and bins, spilling out of cabinets and falling off the dryer, no idea what it all amounts to or where to find what, you might have the kind of problem that reality TV shows are based upon. On the other hand, if you’ve got four innocuous little bins* neatly lined up on a shelf, yarns all sorted by weight and clearly visible, with lots of room to spare, then you’ve simply got a lovely little hobby! Am I right?

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*Ok ok, four little bins plus five sweater-quantity sets, but those are also now neatly divided into oversized ziplocs.

18 thoughts on “The weekend I got my stash in order

  1. Hi, Sophie. Hm, we might have a case of monitor discrepancy going on. The yarns visible in that top right pic are purple, ivory, black, grey and blue. Do you maybe mean that skein in the bottom of the top LEFT bin?

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  2. Amazingly, this is exactly what I spent my weekend doing, too, while listening to my 17 year son’s first album! it was a bit tiring to lug everything out and reorganize but man oh man,did it feel good once I was done!

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  3. I’m late to the discussion, just working my way through the archives. I did some organizing a couple months ago and sorted into bins by color. But then when I was looking for bulky weight yarn for a particular pattern, I had to go through all the bins to see what I had. Do you sort your stash by weight or by color? Or maybe just getting things into bins is enough:) Maybe you could add this to your list of questions in Our Tools, Ourselves (inquiring minds want to know!)

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    • Hi, Colleen. It’s funny you bring this up — I was putting away all kinds of skeins on Sunday that were just strewn all over the place, and as a result realized the bins are now FULL. I’m at maximum capacity!

      It’s a good idea for a Q for sure, but to answer you in the meantime, I sort by weight.

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