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I have very little storage space and lots of yarn. So, I have to go almost all the way up to the ceiling. When you do that, you lose the ability to know what's in that box or basket.
It came to me today when I was filling a basket that while I could see the larger balls on the top, I couldn't see anything below them.
So I left a tail of each one out the handle and now when I need that color, I can find it without climbing up on a step stool.
I then cut the bottom off, just above the fluting. You stick the skein in, feeding the tail through the soda top, and place the bottle bottom back on. If the skein is a bit too long, a bit of tape helps to keep the bottom on. Then, you simply place the soda bottles in the shoe part. You can keep them there till you need them, or work from the lower ones in the middle, moving the colors up and down that you need.
This is a simple and almost free project that will help you keep your yarn clean, organized, and handy. N-JOY!
Source: My own need to stay organized.
By Poor But Proud from Salem OR
I just really love this idea. I have lots of yarn and had it pretty well organized. Then I got sick, moved, stayed sick, this went on for about 3 years. Now I need to get it organized again, right now it's all in totes, plastic bags, several closets. Going to try this cause it looks great.
I found a box of Easter decorations, and there were some egg wraps left inside. I used them to hold my yarn remnants and taped the wrap tightly around the yarn. It looks just like a small skein of yarn!
I like to ball my yarn when I get it. I always save the wrappers to go back for size of skeins, color, or washing instructions. I found though that sometimes I couldn't match up the label with the yarn I was working on until I came up with the idea of how to solve that problem.
When using yarn from a skein, you mostly use it from the center of the skein. That is the "norm". When you are winding yarn into a ball, use any button and tie it to the end of the yarn that becomes the middle of the ball.
I like to store yarn of the same color together. I use those skinny plastic newspaper bags to store yarn that is the same together. I squeeze out all the air and knot the bag.
I learned this tip from my mother many years ago. Store your skeins of yarn in 2 liter soda bottles. Cut the bottom off, thread the yarn through the top, and tape the bottle back together. No more tangled yarn!
I went to a local bar and asked for three empty liquor boxes all the same size which have dividers right in them. Then I decorated them with contact paper, and placed them on their sides on a top shelf in my craft room.
I store my yarn in 2 litter soda bottles. Take an empty, clean bottle and remove the lid. Take a knife or large scissors and cut it in half, near the center of the label. Place your skein or ball of yarn inside the bottom half, take the end of the yarn and run it out the mouth of the bottle.
When making a ball of yarn, secure a button (with a shank) or some other similar item to the end of yarn at the beginning and hold on to it while continuing to wrap the yarn.
I tried to keep my yarn organized and finally after trying umpteen different methods, decided "forget it!" I donated 5 large leaf bags full and still had lots of yarn left. Now the only time I buy yarn is if I have something specific in mind to make.
I previously submitted an idea about using oversized shoe bags from thrift shops to store yarn. You can get the kind that are for shoes that are upright and usually clear plastic.
Since I am so thrifty that I purchase all my yarn at thrift stores, I don't usually get full skeins. After being disappointed by running out of yarn during a project, I finally pulled out my food scale and now I weigh my yarn to make sure I have enough for my project.
I find the best way to keep wool skeins together, tidy, and undamaged is to store them in "under the bed" plastic containers. I lay a small length of each yarn in a zip-lock bag, which I tape to the side of the container to show what is inside.
I keep my supplies of knitting and crochet yarn in the large click zip bags usually used for food storage. I write the ply and date on the white label, and because they are see through I do not have any trouble seeing what is inside, making it easy to select what I need.
I use the wrappers from rice cakes to store a skein of yarn. It keeps the cats from making a nest out of it, and stuff from spilling on it, while you're working with it, or storing it.
For people who knit, crochet, or just need a lot of smaller storage spaces, go to a store that sells liquor and ask if you can have their empty liquor boxes.
I use the plastic bags that my newspaper is delivered in when knitting or crocheting. I place a skein or ball of yarn inside to keep it clean and free from snarling.
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Help. My yarn stash is out of control and I need some ideas on how to store it all. I have tried the clear plastic containers, they are not working for me. We have very limited space in our house so any suggestions would be great.
By Amy from Brazil, IN
I have also tried plastic containers but preferred storing my yarn in large drawers which seemed more organized. Luckily I had a spare bedroom where I could do this. But I also had yarn stacked in vertical wire storage baskets in the closet of the spare bedroom. Much as it pained me to do so, I ended up resorting to downsizing my yarn stash. I go through phases where I enjoy doing a lot of knitting and then have periods where I don't. I still have a way to go but realistically sorted out batches of wool that I'd least likely use and sold them on ebay. I've condensed what's left into a drawer unit in the hall closet and the rest into plastic tubs in a sideboard in the living area. I still have a way to go but it starts with getting it under control and then organizing. Good luck :)
Coming from a lifelong pack rat, have you used up the space under the beds yet? There are inexpensive large, flat rectangular plastic storage bins with lids that fit perfectly underneath a bed. I've also seen cheaper cardboard boxes that are meant for under-the-bed storage too.