I recently signed up for the Yarn Harlot’s patreon and I have been watching her videos. The most recent one was a tour of her stash and how to best care for your yarn. One of the items she recommended was to do a “toss” off the stash a couple of times of year to look for pests and to reacquaint yourself with what you have.
I got a wild hair this past weekend and pulled out every skein of yarn I own. Warning….yarn content ahead. Avert you gaze if chaos and piles of yarn will offend your sensibilities.
Okay, I warned you. The below photo is the entirety of my stash. I very carefully emptied every tub and examined every bag. I found a single spider but other than that my yarn appears to be clean and pest free. And then I had to put it all back….
I carefully curated each yarn category and repacked into clean bags. For instance my sock yarn and lace yarn is below. Starting at the bottom left working clockwise I have a large pile of variegated yarn, then above that is my self-striping, then sock blanks and sock tubes, followed by lace mohair or suri alpaca, below that is sock sets, then a small pile speckled yarn and lastly in the bottom right corner are my solid and tonals.
I packed each kind of yarn together and but into drawers. And then for the first time I affixed labels to each drawer so that I know where to look for various items.
Some of my categories were by weight, fiber content or sometimes by manufacturer. It may not make sense for everyone else, but I think it’s going to work for me.
What did I learn from this? I have WAY too much variegated sock yarn, less self-striping sock yarn than I would have guessed, very few sweater quantities and almost no worsted weight yarn whatsoever. I’m hoping this review will help me make more productive purchases in the future. But who knows….sometimes a knitter never learns, lol!
That’s a really good idea! I have mine all tucked away in cubes; however, not all of it is in bags and I should probably take a good look at it. I do have cedar disks in with each cube; however, I’m sure they need to be refreshed. That may be a project I tackle next week during my staycation. Thank for the inspiration!
We can be the worst of impulse buyers! 😀
How fun to go through and play with all your yarn! I’m sure I’d find many a forgotten treasure.
What a great job! I tidied mine last year – worked out I had way too much that I may never use! I did yarn swaps with friends, which meant I almost have the same amount of stash but there is more potential to use it (I need to live to be 140 probably, mind you!). I store by yarn weight mostly, though cottons I keep separately to wools/other fibres.
This is a great exercise. I am in dire need of a stash reorganization. This has given me a lot of good ideas.
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