Last week, someone asked how I organize my yarn and needles. I have to admit, it’s more like slightly organized chaos around here. Everything has a place, but everything is rarely in its place.
Let’s go with the yarn first. I thought I had a fairly large stash, but a knitter fan laughed and said that was cute. To me, I have a lot. I organize all of my yarn on two shelves. I can’t guarantee how long this system will last, but on one shelf, I have all of the wound yarn and the skeins. (Sorry, some of these pictures turned out much darker than I thought they would.)
The other shelf has all my hanks and sock yarn. There’s no rhyme or reason why this turned out this way. At one point I had wound all of my yarn into cakes. I was actually kind of surprised to see how little of it is ready to go. I might have to remedy that some weekend. Plus, cakes just stack so nicely!
The tools are a little more haphazard in a way. In the very first picture, you can see that I keep all of my straights in one place. I honestly don’t know why I keep them. I haven’t used straight needles in a long time. Most of my projects are done either on dpns or circs. Also up on this shelf are smaller balls of yarn, pins, wool wash, and other bits that had no other home.
Then there’s the tool box. I found a stacking, interlocking box at Walmart a few months back, and that’s been a lifesaver. Before, my dpns and crochet hooks were all kept in one bag. To find anything, I had to pull them all out and sort through. Also at Walmart, I found drawer organisers. These keep my dpns and crochet hooks separate and from getting loose everywhere. An index card holder keeps my smaller tools, and little boxes and bags hold my stitch markers.
Then the part I wish was more organized. All of my circulars are literally just thrown into the box. I have no real order to them. The interchangeable ones stay in the bag Knit Picks sent them in. The others just kind of lie there. Also in there are my pencils in case I want to sketch an idea out. I’m as good at sketching as sewing, but when I do at least a caricature of the idea, I can plan out what colors I want where and such.
And then there’s my projects. Anything that’s going to leave the house with me gets put into a small reusable bag. I really like the ones with drawstrings because they keep my mischievous kittens out of my knitting. The projects that stay at home are kept in little plastic boxes. All of the tools, needle sizes, and yarn (unless it’s a big project and won’t fit) go into the box along with the project. That way when I sit down at night, I know I can just get to work with what’s there.
My project shelf looks a bit bare at the moment. There’s a pair of socks in there, as well as the Bosc scarf, but that’s it. This weekend, I finished both Super Why and the mermaid, as well as the test knit project. I also whipped up a quick cowl in super bulky yarn. That leaves only 5 projects going right now: Ken’s socks, my socks, Ken’s sweater, hexipuffs, and the shawl. I feel like I need to cast something on.
I hope you all had a good weekend! If you have any organization tips, please share! I’m always looking for better ways to organize my knitting stuff.