In February I decided that I needed to do some deep cleaning in my house, focusing on the rooms that I would be embarrassed to have company see. One of the rooms on my list was my little Yarn Room. It had gotten cluttered over time and I usually left the door shut, ignoring the mess that was inside unless I needed yarn. I would run in (closing the door quickly behind me), rummage through all my yarn, leaving it in an even more cluttered state than previously.
After putting off cleaning the room, focusing on other areas of the house, I finally had nothing else to clean. So two weeks ago, I spent my Saturday de-cluttering and organizing. I got rid of old yarn labels that I was keeping for no reason, organized and put all knitting needles in one spot, pulled out old projects, and more. Now, each yarn is separated in cloth storage containers by type, making things easier to find. I have had the cloth containers for a few years but the yarns seem to end up in the wrong containers (or in retail bags next to the containers).
You can see my current stash in the photo for this page. I know what you are thinking, it is barely anything! However, you can squish a lot of yarn into the cloth tubs!
Hopefully, I keep everything nice and clean for the near future. My plan is to spend part of my Spring Break lounging in my Yarn Room and knitting away!
Here are some things I found out during the cleaning process:
1- My initial 20 ball resolution may not be sufficient. I may double it to 40 balls. This would really lower my stash level (almost to newbie levels) and make me feel like I am not buying yarn to just let it sit there.
I was talking to the owners’ of our LYS and they mentioned possibly buying 1-2 balls every 20 or so. This may be enough to satisfy my cravings!
I may also try and hold out to the Black Sheep Wool Festival, this is not until June in Eugene, OR. I love going and buying all the fancy yarn. This would give me time to use up my part of my current stash and make me feel like I could splurge! (Like losing ten pounds and then eating lots of cake!)
2- I have a lot of sock yarn! I like to make socks every now and then but unless the sock has a pattern/design to focus on, my Second Sock Syndrome really begins acting up! In fact, I have not knitted much this week because of it. Ugh! Darn second sock!
I plan to make some shawls with part of the yarn, I love to wear them. Some of the yarn though is more sock appropriate.
3- I have a lot of scrap yarn. In fact one entire cloth tub is just scraps!
On one hand, I feel like it shows how much I have accomplished but on the other hand, I don’t want all the yarn to go to waste. I may try to make a bee-keepers quilt (which would take years to finish) with part of it and possible a mitered square blanket with the worsted leftovers. Who knows?
Right now I am using it for techniques. I am using a little ball of it to practice my Brioche while I do a Craftsy lesson. Once that darn sock is done, I may make a brioche scarf.
4- I really enjoy buying knitting needles. No matter the size, I always seem to need more. Can you guess what I have been buying while on my 20 ball resolution? 🙂
5) I have two yarn dying kits that needed to be used. I finally got up the courage to dye the yarn and will post the results later.
Happy Knitting To You!