Q for You collected: Yarn management!

Q for You collected: Yarn management!

Yesterday’s yarn-winding post on Mason-Dixon Knitting (and the ensuing hypnotic discussion), followed by two different emails about related subjects, had me digging back into former Q for You posts on yarn handling that seem to be begging to resurface! (Plus on Friday I had a little meltdown about how much yarn is in my house, completely untamed at present, and how I need help keeping it under control.) These are perpetually pertinent subjects, the answers to which I never tire of seeing, and there’s so much assorted wisdom of this crowd stored in these posts. So today I’m encouraging you to take a look at the collected responses and add your two cents to each—

Do you wind your own yarn? (winder or by hand, balled or caked)
How do you sort your stash? (by color, by weight, by what)
Does having a stash work?
How do you close out a project? (what do you do with your leftovers)
How do you store your yarn? (for aesthetics and safekeeping)

And if that’s not enough Q for You for one sitting, browse through them all here at your leisure.

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32 thoughts on “Q for You collected: Yarn management!

  1. SO MANY GOOD QUESTIONS! I await everyone’s answers with bated breath … here are mine:
    I hand wind my yarn, no longer owning a ball winder, but I make a nice ball if I say so myself. I used to own a nostepinne (sp?) but in my many moves it disappeared sadly.

    I sort my stash by weight but also by ‘quality’, an admittedly subjective term. I do seem to have a surprising number of random skeins of very nice fiber (cashmere, alpaca etc)

    We don’t have a lot of room in our house so having a stash is only quasi-successful for me – to answer two questions at once, my stash lives in Rubbermaid bins in a closet over our basement stairs, accessed by a door in the bathtub (well, above the bathtub!)

    Recently, I’ve started closing out projects by storing the remaining wool in a ziplock with it’s tags and sometimes an identifying note (“Mary’s Orchid Socks”, “Churro Houlland Shawl”)

    LOVE your blog! :)

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  2. Yes, I wind my own yarn. It is stashed by weight in one closet in large plastic bins. The more delicate fibers are also bagged within the bins. Closing a project… a bit of the yarn is put away with the name of the garment knitted, in case repairs are needed. The rest of the yarn is used when friends want to learn to knit. Stash….oh.dear.yes. I’ve decided that it must be reduced and it will be.

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  3. …I also have no qualms in *giving away* yarn that I no longer need, want or love. Anything that is no longer needed.wanted.loved becomes a burden and I thoroughly believe there is no place for guilt or burdens in my life. Out it goes.

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  4. Of course I wind my own yarn: into a ball, using a swift: no cakes for me.
    I have a huge stash. In the “yarn closet” the yarn is sorted and bagged by project. Sometimes this means whole bags of a sort, sometimes it is a bag of things which I believe will come together for a project and therefore are stored together. In the “yarn armoire” are leftovers form previous projects which are either whole skeins or balls, or if partial balls, are sufficient for a small project such as a hat. This yarn is sorted by weight…I tried color but it didn’t workout as well. Under the bed, is a large zippered plastic bag where small balls go: a mix of color, weight, fiber. These get used for the granddaughters art projects, get grouped together in some fashion or other small projects, and are sometimes donated to schools for art projects. If I fall out of love with a yarn, and decide i will never use it, it is donated to the Textile Center of Minnesota’s large fundraising garage sale, held each April.

    Nothing, nothing, is ever thrown out, unless its smaller than a ping pong ball. When i die, my husband and daughters have been instructed to give away the remains of my stash at the funeral; they think I am joking, but I have deputized others to see that it happens.

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  5. Most of my yarn-buying is online and as a result my purchases are serendipitous (because it’s a great yarn, a good price, I have a project vaguely in mind, etc). As a result my stash accumulates. If yarn is slated for a specific project, it goes into a project bag along with the pattern (if printed) or the pattern name (if online) and put into a bin. The uncommitted yarn goes into one of three chests of drawers, generally grouped by weight or by potential use (sock yarn is all in one place, as is “scarf yarn”). About twice a year I will go through it all and have a destashing event with my knitting group (a la Carmen above). What doesn’t get claimed at the knitting group goes to our local thrift shop.

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  6. I was actually organizing my hoard of a yarn stash this weekend. I have clear bins for the Container Store (they’re having an awesome sale right now) filled with the matching skeins/sets for projects. And on my wall I have peg board for leftover skeins or skeins I wound but ended up not using. I also have my own swift and ball winder to make it easy to whip up double cakes of yarn when I’m working on sweaters. I also happily give leftover skeins away to friends who knit too or to a newbie knitter so they can feel good fiber :)

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  7. I don’t have a swift or a ball winder and have always wound my balls by hand–for a long time I really wanted a swift and winder, but just couldn’t justify it based on my living space and how frequently I moved. More recently, however, I’ve decided that I don’t really mind winding by hand so I’ll stick with it! I used to use two chairs but now more often than not I use my husband. Or my knees in a pinch if I’m in the car. I’m knitting a lot of sweaters right now and find it tedious to do all the balls at once, so I have the bad habit of just doing a couple at a time. Just about a month ago I learned a good technique for a center pull ball, which has been life changing! I was on an Icelandic knitting retreat and was taught the “ptarmigan” technique, where you make a little figure eight around your thumb and forefinger, and then begin wrapping the ball only around one of the figure eight arms. As a result, you can yank on the non-wrapped loop to pull from the center. I’ll never go back.

    I try not to have too much of a stash. At this point I’ve realized that if I don’t have a specific project in mind, any yarn that I purchase is going to sit around indefinitely. Yarn for projects I’m working on is the opposite of organized–mostly stuffed in wooden bowls and boxes all around the house. Working on it :/

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  8. I don’t want to screw with my process because I don’t want to scale yarn mountain LOL

    I don’t buy yarn unless I have a project picked out. I have a mental queue of projects (right now, it’s shawl, beach tank for a friend, lopapeyasa sleeves, fafkal, lopapeyasa yoke, equation cardigan (thank you kt for the cardigan wardrobe post!!)) but I don’t select yarn until I’m closing in on my current project. my lopapeyasa has had a hard life so it’s a very rare exception to my multiple project ban. (my boss threw out my two completed sleeves + my yarn + my needles and knitting travel kit)

    because I don’t buy yarn for the sake of having yarn, my stash is mainly leftovers from previous projects so it’s all mismatched skeins. my stash busting looks like hats and shawls (thank you again for your hatalong posts!!) my stash sits in a wicker basket. I’ve taken up weaving to also use up tiny skeins of pretty yarns (thank you maple hand loom!)

    because I work on one project at a time, I never have too many WIPs sitting around. right now, I have two. I have the body of my lopapeyasa sitting on top of the basket and I started a simple rib scarf and then remembered WOW scarves take a long time so it’s sitting at the bottom.

    I love my friends dearly but I want to shout it from the highest mountain top: don’t give me your leftover yarn!!!!! ESPECIALLY if it’s not natural fiber!!!!!! over half my stash is yarn that has been given to me by well meaning friends who picked up knitting, realized it takes a long time to complete anything, put it back down, looked at their yarn and thought “oh dw knits!! I’ll give it to her!!”

    I don’t know what to do with your 2/3 skein of party acrylic!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • although I did reorganize my storage and now I keep my current project, knitting notions and pattern in a pretty hat box!!!! (when I travel it all goes in a field bag though)

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  9. We love love love our swift! I buy so much handdyed sock yarn and balling it up before the swift was time consuming. Now with the swift my husband and I can ball up our yarns with ease. Both of us love the feel of the yarn going through our fingers. Yarn balls for both of us.
    As for organizing stash. Yes, always a great topic. Bags, bins. Color. Nope, I’ll go by weight. Nope, pull it all out and going by color. I haven’t landed on anything that truly works for me. At the moment, storage tubs in a closet by weight with project bags of “will use this soon” around the house. My husband keeps his handspun neatly arranged by weaving project in plastic drawers at our shop. (So I can’t easily get my hands on it… ;)

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  10. I wind into a ball from a swift I made (and knit from a ceramic yarn bowl that stays put and keeps the yarn ball from rolling through the dog fur tumbleweeds). I’m no good with the nostepin but Kirsten’s “ptarmigan” may have solved my occasional need for a center pull ball to be able to work from both ends at once (thanks, Kirsten!). I store in bins in the basement by the which-bin-has-space method – BUT – each purchase is recorded on an index card first and they are grouped by weight in a little box. When the yarn is made into something, that info gets recorded on the card and it goes to the DONE section. Close-outs are all over, but the tiny balls go into very clear containers (from my husband’s Costco Nonni’s cookie habit) to be able to see the colors for inspiration, for something . . . And, “does having a stash work?” Yes – it’s a big basement. I just wish I’d remember to consult the index cards before buying more in those moments of excitement.

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  11. I finally got a ball wonder after years of using knees, chair backs, etc to wind a ball. I like the cakes better than balls. I pull from the center with everything except linen, that is too much of a snarly mess halfway through when it collapses. I store my yarn stash in a large plastic bin from the hardware store. Yarn weight is irrelevant for storage. I have 4 of those boxes from Churchmouse for projects in the planning stage-knitting, sewing, spinning etc. I don’t thinki have too much of a stash, I find having too much overwhelming.
    I try to be pretty monogamous about projects. I prefer to start and finish. I dislike ufo’s laying around, clutters the mind and the house. And for wip I use project bag (right now, I am really liking my field bag, perfect size with some structure) in a basket to contain all the tools I need for that project.
    When I finish a project, I put the remains in a ziplock with tags.
    I love to read your blog. Always interesting!

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  12. i wind by hand.
    i don’t sort my yarn. period.
    yes, my stash works. i squirrel randoms away until the perfect small project comes along or i have enough to put together in a color block or stripe project.
    leftovers go in a drawer. they are perfect for small projects that make great gifts. or can be collected for a stripey project later.
    i store my yarn in a drawer in a large dresser. current yarns in use are store in a recycled tire cube by my favorite chair in the living room for easy grabbing. :)

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  13. As many new knitters can probably relate, I went through a phase of buying single skeins of yarn that I thought were really lovely, not realizing that typically several skeins of the same color are needed for a project. So I currently have a giant basket filled with very lovely yarn of all different weight and yardage that has been impossible to find a project for.
    Also I am nervous that keeping it in a giant basket will lead to moths… I definitely need a better system. :(
    And I frequently wind skeins by hand because I always forget to have the shop do it.

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    • Ravelry is really great for finding patterns for those one-off skeins–you can do an advanced search and limit by your yarn weight and a yardage range, as well as type of pattern. When knitting from my stash this is what I usually do. I also check my queue and favorites on Ravelry, first by weight and then check to see how much yardage I have. Another thought is to combine different yarns of the same weight in complementary colors to create something bigger–especially great for hats, socks, mittens, shawls, baby sweaters…

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  14. I do wind my own yarn! I have a winder and swift; I like leaving the yarn I buy in hanks until I’m ready to use it in a project at hand, then I’ll wind it up. For me, it’s part of the ritual of beginning a new project — plus I suspect it’s better for the yarn, as sometimes I might have the yarn on hand for a few years before it gets rustled up.

    I’m personally anti-stash. A few years ago I came to the self-realization and acceptance that I’m someone who does better by knowing in advance what I’m going to do with a given yarn, so having a large stash isn’t a good use of space or money. Like the elizinvt and Anna says above, I used to buy yarn one or two skeins at a time, with the idea of building up a stash rather than earmarking it for a specific project. I was especially a sucker for buying yarn on vacation; as I rarely buy other kinds of souvenirs, it was easy to justify. Except: this was a terrible idea. I ended up with a lot of beautiful yarns that had no clear intent, so they ended up being consistently passed over (there’s not enough, it isn’t “right” for the project, etc) for yarns that I purposely bought.

    When I moved from Boston to California, I shed most of this “stash” yarn by re-homing, selling, donating, yarn swapping or gifting it. It was sad — for a whole host of reasons, from admitting defeat, to giving up potential projects, to saying goodbye to memories, and so forth — but once it was done, I felt amazing and I was left with a nucleus of a highly functional stash.

    I now limit my stash to about two IKEA Expedit (now Kallax) shelf bins. One bin has all the untouched, unwound full fiber amount yarn that’s pristine for new projects; typically, these yarns are earmarked already for a particular project or project idea and they don’t get touched unless I’m ready to bring it out for its intended use. The other bin has the used or already-wound yarn from other projects, which makes it easy to stash dive only in this bin for ad hoc projects. I’m strict about what gets included here: there has to be enough of it for some potential project of suitable gauge (eg, fingering weight yarn has to have enough for, say, socks, and heavy weight yarn has to have enough for a possible hat), and it needs to have either a ball band or the yarn info recorded in Ravelry. This has been really successful, as most of the yarn in this second bin does actually get used up in new projects that I might not have otherwise tried. There’s a lot more clarity for me this way.

    Since the shelf bins are opaque, I don’t have to worry too much about aesthetics. For organization and safety (eg, moths, cats who like to finagle their way into the bins for naps, catching snags, etc), I bag everything up within the bin and that’s that.

    As for closing out, I don’t have a satisfying ritual as of yet. For the most part, I don’t tend to have leftovers of yarn or supplies anymore since I project/purpose buy. If I do have some, and it meets the second-bin criteria, then it’ll get tagged ‘n’ bagged and end up there. Otherwise, if it’s a small amount, I throw it out or recycle it. Really, the conclusion of the project is mostly just blocking it, photographing it in my makeshift “light box” (a cut-open Amazon box on a surface near a window), and updating all the information on Ravelry.

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  15. I live in a church with only one standing cupboard, the old confessional. I spin my own yarn and dye it too. I have some commercial yarn but not much, which takes up residence in an old bed pillow package with zips. My fleeces have a hand made wooden blanket/wood box to live in and that takes about five sheeps worth. In the box it stays out of sight and moth proof. My own handspun yarn, rather a lot is tucked into baskets which are popped wherever space allows. My supply of ready dyes top, has it’s own small open cupboard. I hate having too much of anything and I have to balance knitting eith spinning to get the balance right. I thought I would love a stash and joined Yarnbox and purchased other yarn. I actually found out this yarn worried me and it was not at all relaxing. Spinning is my meditation and I make at least two sweaters a year, really big projects, so I have three wheels and a carder, sigh. I use zip lock baggies for my leftovers and I also knit socks with them. Nice stripey ones.

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  16. – I wind my yarn into cakes with a swift and a ball winder. That said, I do get the yarn shop to do it if I have time. The 3-year-old and the swift and ball winder are an interesting combo. ;)
    – I sort my stash by type of project it’s allotted for. I have 3 drawers of yarn, which is two more drawers than I’d like, so I’m knitting from stash for a while now. There’s an accessory/ shawl drawer, a sweaters drawer, and an I-don’t-know-yet drawer. The yarn is bagged by project with an index card saying which yarn it is and which projects I have in mind for it.
    – I’m trying to get back to not having a stash. It feels like a to-do list to me– a beautiful, colorful, wooly to-do list. I’m looking forward to the freedom of just picking s project and then finding yarn for it.
    – Leftovers go in a bag for a while– eventually I usually donate them to a person who makes blankets doe charity, but I find projects for almost-full balls of yarn.
    – I store my yarn in plastic bags, by project, in 3 cabinet drawers. :)

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  17. I had a small stash from when I knit in college and grad school (in the early 1980s), which was stored in lovely baskets, and made many moves early in my marriage and museum career. When I returned to knitting in the late 1990s, I bought some yarn for specific projects, mostly cotton. One project was a sweater for my nephew in 2001, and it had so many colors, I finally bought a swift and ball winder. Still use them both, but I often stop partway through a project to rewind a collapsing cupcake into a ball by hand.

    Nephew loved the sweater with dinosaurs, but outgrew it. I entered it in the Knitting Guild Association’s design competition in 2009, and won the grand prize with it, which came with a $1000 gift certificate. So I bought a lot of yarn (and still continue to buy, albeit at a much slower pace). It’s all stored in plastic bags in plastic bins in my basement, grouped mostly by fiber (first order sort), then by weight (second order sort). Known projects have skeins/hanks/balls bagged together. Anything that I don’t want or need (or can bear to part with) goes into the semiannual yarn swap that knitting/crochet group has every April and October. I’ve been using up some wools of various weights for Afghans for Afghan projects (baby socks, children’s mittens, teen mittens), and I have been making wool blend hats for adults and cottons for children for charity projects and gifts. When I won the prize, my nephew was a junior in high school, and I bought some yarn with the gift certificate and made him an afghan as a high school graduation gift. It’s huge, and I remained project monogamous for an entire year for fear of never finishing it. I’m not sure I’ll ever tackle a knitted blanket project again.

    I still have some of the stash yarn I bought in the 1980s. The moths got to every skein of animal fiber yarn, but the cotton, linen, and viscose yarns are all fine. And I’m knitting a scarf for my sister with some fuchsia alpaca from the 80s. I wound balls from what I had, cutting out the bad parts, and the scarf is beautiful (to be gifted this coming Christmas). Oh and the moths got to my first shawl, knit with laceweight wool on large needles in feather & fan, and also stored in a basket. Still have some of the yarn, but repairing it is a task I am saving for my retirement.

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  18. I hand wind. I obtained a swift as a gift and it is really nice to have. As for making the ball, I enjoy doing that myself.

    I store my stash in plastic bins under the bed. It’s organized by some sort of quality rating. Non-superwash wool, superwash wool, other fiber. I do enter my stash into Ravelry with photos, and that is organized by color.

    My stash is too big for me and not well suited to full projects. I’m shifting my perspective and looking at it as practice yarn. I could learn a ton by making a whole collection of baby sweaters. Having a stash is like having food in the pantry. Great if you know how to put things together from prior experience. Not so great if you need a recipe for each meal. Until I’ve upped my knitting game, stash be gone.

    Closing out a project is a thing? I mark it finished on Ravelry… maybe I should consider this more. I’d love to figure out a great way to organize favorite patterns on Ravelry. I’m in sore need of that.

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  19. I wing my yarn with a swift and a ball winder. This has been a recent development. Prior to that, I used to goal post method i.e. another humans arms and wound by hand.

    My stash is sorted by project/queue. Current and immediate projects in a basket next to my couch. The rest is stored in the closet in containers. Having stash is surprisingly convenient. Mine is not too out of control. I keep the leftovers in storage bags, with the label and they are all together in a container. At some point, I am going to make something funky with my leftovers.

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  20. Speaking of previous Q for you posts, which I’ve now looked through at your prompting, do you still knit in the summer? I’ve actually lit the pilot on my wall heater in Oakland. I sat for most of the day at my computer with a hood up.

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  21. – Do you wind your own yarn? –
    Yes by hand into balls. Usually as I go as that forces a break in the knitting and helps the RSI a little bit
    – How do you sort your stash?
    By weight, if it’s one or two balls/skeins. By project if I’ve bough enough yarn for a specific garment and not just bought a beautiful skein on a whim (!). I put the pattern and yarn in a bag and keep them together, this is working pretty well.
    – Does having a stash work?
    It does for me for smaller projects – I have a constant supply of sock and scarf yarn (this has been great for the current Haps projects on Ravelry) , and lots of J&S Shetland jumperweight for colourwork which may need lots of small amounts for an item. I don’t tend to stash in garment sized amounts very often (but see above)
    – How do you close out a project? (what do you do with your leftovers)
    I get the leftovers together and put them with same/similar weight yarns, I do now have a giant bag of small amounts of sock yarn, though I have my eye on a ‘scrapalong’ which will make inroads into that.
    – How do you store your yarn? (for aesthetics and safekeeping)
    It used to be all over the house. I Kon Marie’d the lot and now I have a HUGE chest of drawers with very deep drawers – it’s actually called a ‘jumper chest’ how apt – and the yarn is in there, in plastic bags against the moths. I do have some more under the bed in plastic storage boxes. I pretty much know what is where now, unlike the chaos of the past. I also have a list pinned up of planned projects (it’s much shorter than my Ravelry queue and actually ‘real’ so I’m more likely to get these projects done!).

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  22. I’m actually one of those knitters that only has stash for the pattern I am actively working on. (A monogamous knitter I guess it’s been called?) Every once in a while I might have two projects on the needles but other than that I guess I don’t really have stash to sort.

    That being said I love my knitting tools and have both a swift and ballwinder. I think it’s extra helpful since I have the project actively being worked on so I like getting to that next skein as soon as I can. And also, I love the little center pull cakes and how easy you can stack them in project bags.

    I have been known to hand wind a skein or two in a pinch but I always wind it center pull by hand too.

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  23. – Do you wind your own yarn? (winder or by hand, balled or caked)
    Yes. Most times I live dangerously and just work directly from the skein, but when that is not possible- I will wind it myself.

    – How do you sort your stash? (by color, by weight, by what)
    It is sorted by what will most likely be used first. Common and most-loved brands are kept by my spot on the sofa. The rest are kept in plastic bins in the bedroom.

    – Does having a stash work?
    Yes. As I have been working a lot from my stash this year- you find a lot of interesting colors that end up working well together, even though you would not previously have thought about them.
    – How do you close out a project? (what do you do with your leftovers)
    If it is enough to make a scrap ball- I’ll roll it and put it in my
    leftover yarn” zipper baggies, if not- I’ll just tie it onto my cat’s yarn balls and let him have it.

    – How do you store your yarn? (for aesthetics and safekeeping)
    Plastic storage bags, and then those go into plastic storage bins. It’s not really to keep pests out, but to keep the cat out. That much yarn? He simply would not be able to control himself.

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  24. – Do you wind your own yarn?
    Yes, usually right before I start a project. Usually with a ball winder and swift but lately I’ve been winding by hand as a passenger in the car, with the skein around my knees. I also tend to wind my handspun yarn by hand.

    – How do you sort your stash?
    I organized my stash last fall. I sort it by weight because that’s usually how I look for the yarn–in trying to use up my stash, I find patterns that go with it (with the help of Ravelry) and then look through what I have in that weight. I keep them in ziploc bags with a card stating what weight is in the bag. I also have all of my yarn listed in a spreadsheet and in the stash tab on Ravelry, with pictures.

    – Does having a stash work?
    Yes and no. I’m much more careful about what I buy now; I usually limit it to very special yarn (Clara Parkes’ Cormo 2.0 from the Squam Arts Fair and yarn from A Verb for Keeping Warm while on a trip to California last year come to mind). It’s nice not to have to buy yarn for every project and to always have something to work on. It makes me feel wealthy to look at my yarn stash and it can be really great for last-minute gifts or inspiration that strikes at odd times. On the other hand, it can feel overwhelming at times and it can be frustrating to try to shoehorn stash yarn into a project it wasn’t really intended for or to squeeze it out without quite enough yardage. I have made many projects that are multiple colors because I didn’t have enough of one color. I don’t necessarily see this as a bad thing but sometimes it’s nice to just buy exactly what you need for a particular project. Also, tastes change over time–while in college I worked at a yarn shop and I’m pretty sure I didn’t make very much money because I kept buying yarn. For the most part I like what I bought back then but there are a few questionable purchases or yarns I no longer enjoy knitting with–I’m not a huge fan of most cottons, for example.

    – How do you close out a project? (what do you do with your leftovers)
    If it’s a project for me or a close friend or family member, I wind a little butterfly (~10 yards) and put it in a ziploc bag in case repairs are needed. The rest of the ball depends on how much is left. If there’s quite a bit (the size of my fist or larger) it goes in with my regular stash sorted by weight. Smaller balls go in ziploc bags, also sorted by weight.

    – How do you store your yarn?
    I keep my yarn in ziploc bags sorted by weight with a card in each bag that says what weight it is. The ziploc bags of each weight are all stored together–some in clear bins, some in baskets. The ziploc bags are clear so I can see the yarn inside but they’re protected from moths, dust, and pet fur (and claws). It’s not super aesthetically pleasing but it’s also not that bad.

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  25. I don’t have a huge stash, because I also have sewing and quilting stashes. I don’t stash sweater quantities, generally; I am more likely to stash smaller quantities and/or in lighter weights for one- or two-skein projects, like socks or shawls. Sweater yarn I usually buy as needed, because I just don’t have room. I find that it works, and my stash does turn over fairly well. Everything is in a six-drawer dresser–two drawers for sock and fingering, two drawers for dk or worsted, two drawers for spinning fiber.

    I keep a selection of different weights of smooth yarns for things like waste yarn for cast-ons and leaders for my spinning wheel bobbins, but I also give them away, or sometimes even (dare I say it) throw them out.

    Yes, I wind my own balls. With a swift and (usually) a ball winder, though sometimes by hand if the yarn seems fussy.

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  27. I bought myself a winder and swift one year for Christmas because I had realized I was being stalked by my cats while hand winding and it was starting to creep me out. Every once and a while they would lose all sense of control and knock my yarn off of the chairback (or whatever I had draped it on) and give in to their wild instincts. It just got to be too hard to wind while staving them off!

    I sort my stash by fiber (plant/synthetic vs. animal, then roughly by how quickly I plan to use it. The plant/synthetic goes in plastic bins and the animal fibers in space saver bags (the ones that are vacume sealed). I’m not too concerned about aesthetic at the moment, so they’re all a bit haphazzardly stacked on the bottom shelf of my standing bookshelf in my livingroom where I do most of my knitting.

    I’m not sure how well my stash works for me because a lot of my long term stash is extra skeins and hanks from finished projects. The finger weight scraps go into a “10 Stitch Blanket” but I haven’t figured out what to do with the heavier stuff yet.. I’m glad you asked because I’m hoping I’ll be struck by someone else’s inspiring comments!

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