Today's topic is on how we keep our yarn and associated items organized.
My yarn, tools, and patterns are organized fairly simply. I long for the day when I have an actual craft room or even a spare bedroom so I can keep everything in a place that is not my own bedroom.
All of my yarn is in 3 plastic storage bins. Two of those are under the bed bins, but they don't actually fit under my bed (they did in my last apartment). See I have carpeting and the bed frame sinks into the carpet, making it a tight squeeze to get the bins under. I can do it but it takes a lot of shoving and pushing, and then they are really hard to get out again. So for now they are just on the floor, up against a wall in my bedroom. The other bin can fit up in my closet but it just sits on top of the other bins for easier access.
|Yarn in my messy bedroom.|
The yarn is sort of organized by weight, but I had so many skeins around everywhere that I had to shove the yarn in whatever bin it would fit. One bin has mostly lighter weight yarns, the other has the heavier yarns, and the other bin has the overflow and all the yarn leftovers. The tote bags have some more yarn, spinning fibre, and finished items that need to be blocked. Basically those bags hold stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else.
Anything I'm currently working on sits in a tote bag from the liquor store, and it's beside the couch. There's also a magazine basket bin thing that I put projects in, and that also holds tools that are too big for my "toolbox" (things like sock blockers, ball winder).
|Liquor store tote bag with a broken handle.|
My "toolbox" is a sewing box I got for Christmas one year (thanks mom!). I have a sewing machine, but I don't use it, so I started using the box for all my knitting tools. It also sits by the couch in the living room and it's great. I like that it has a magnetic clasp so the cats stay out out if.
I don't have a lot of pattern books or magazines, but they are on a tall bookshelf in the living room also. The knitting books don't even take up a whole shelf. Any patterns I print off are in a big zippered 5-Star binder I've had since high school, organized by category. That binder is getting full so one day I will have to expand.
|Small collection of craft books.|
Of course like many others I use Ravelry to it's fullest to help me organize everything a little better. It's the best thing ever! As well as Flickr to store my photos and a folder system on my Macbook for each year which contains a folder named Knitting for that year's projects.
|My ravelry profile page.|