Wednesday, 30 March 2011

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

Thanks so much to all the people who took the time to read my blog over the last few days. I've had some lovely comments and lots of "hits" and some new followers on Twitter too - so to all of you, a big HELLO! *waves*

I'm really enjoying participating in the Knitting & Crochet Blog Week - it's nice to have  structure to my own posts, which are otherwise random musings, and to see how different people interpret each topic and reply. The photos are my favourite bit and I'm especially looking forward to photos of today's topic which is:  
How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised?

Contents of the stash box
In physical terms, I don't have much yarn to organise as I tend not to buy in advance. I enjoy browsing patterns and fear buying too far in advance will limit me, so buying as I go lets me change my mind frequently before casting on any queued project.  As the nearest LYS with nice wool is a 40 minute drive I tend to buy for a few projects on each trip - although I have also had to order some things online too. This means my yarn "stash" is confined to one small box in the Cwtch. I also have a bag in the bottom of my cupboard which contains any leftover yarns.

My needles and cables are organised in a needle roll from Katie Fleck. (Actually, I wish it had a couple of poppers on the bottom of the flap so that's on my To Do list - I have a few little jobs like that I need to do.) I keep my stitch markers, ruler/needle gauge and a long tape measure in a project bag with my current WIP.

My first pattern is the only one that wasn't from Ravelry and my method of organising them is really simple - I save them all into Evernote so I can access them on my iPhone, iPad, laptop or any computer with internet access - NO chance at all of losing them. (I added the first/paper pattern by taking a picture of the text and importing it to Evernote that way.) It also means it's really easy to search the text. I save the Ravelry link too for ease of reference. I actually use Ravelry quite extensively and update my project notes every day, although my queue is more a general "wishlist" than a real statement of intent as I change my mind so often. So that's pretty much it! Very straight forward.

I am REALLY looking forward to read what everyone else has to say on this topic and I am expecting some drool-worthy yarn stashes, so I'm off to google 2KCBWDAY3 - you might like to do the same!


  1. Your needle roll is so pretty! Ravelry is just the best isn't it?

  2. I need to make myself some needle rolls and project bags.

    Everyone seems so much more ordered than me. I have chaos all around :D

  3. Oooh, I like the needle roll (in fact one of my points on today's post was that I should really make myself one!)

  4. I reckon you'll need more spcae soon though, I mostly only buy yarn for specific thigns I am knititng, but somehow the leftovers + yarn I never got round to using + mysterious turned up from nowhere yarn turns into a stash! I love your needle case, I wonder how hard it would eb to make.

  5. Oh the needle roll would be REALLY easy to make if you have the things you need to make one (which I didn't)!

    Naomi - I suspect you are right about the yarn although at the moment a large amount of space is taken up by my wrap stash (and a lot of money is tied up in that too) so I'm thinking that when I'm not wrapping so much and I destash, then I will have more money and space for yarn!

    I also need to declutter the Cwtch (it's currently where odd furniture lives if it can't live anywhere else) and is the tiniest room in our house so my eventual plan is to get some furniture out and some proper storage (chosen for the purpose) in. I think that'll be a future blog post though!


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