I use to have my little cakes organized by color, but now I have them sorted by fiber type, for the most part. It's not nearly as pretty as Lorna's, partly because I have so much grey, but it makes me happy to see everything and know what it is. The upper left corner is sock yarn.
As you move toward the middle, there's some cotton, and then to the right is wool,
working from blends to 100% wool.
Now I have to be honest and admit that this is really only half of my stash. The other half consists of cones, which are on my bookcase, and special occasion yarns, like Christmas, Baby, or Sequined yarns, which I keep organized in 5 little stackable plastic containers, each fitting about 8 skeins. I have my current spinning project in the 6th container.
Here's a close up of that section. I keep the yarn labels in the middle of each cake, so I don't forget yardage or anything like that. For the hand dyed yarns, I put a little note in there.
- They are very compact and easy to store, whether on a pegboard, in little stacks on a shelf, or in a container
- You can start knitting with them right away without any additional work
- They don't get tangled when you're using them
- You can use them as center-pull, or pull from the outside, and they'll sit still because they're flat
- If you're doing a pattern that calls for double stranded, you can just use the inside and outside ends simultaneously
I'm sure there are more reasons I'm not thinking of right now, but haven't found any downsides... If you have, please share in the comments section! I'm really curious to hear what other people think about it.
While I'm talking about my needles and hooks, I want to show you the cases I use for them. These were all designed and made by my awesome mom. She's a wonderful quilter and seamstress, and you can see some of her quilts on Flickr.
The circulars are always trying to escape from wherever they're at!
I keep sizes 0 - 2 in the zippered compartment.
The second one down is where I keep my straight and double pointed needles.
This one is the bomb, and it's super convenient.
On the bottom is the case in which I keep my crochet hooks and my interchangable needles.
I put the interchangable cables and the oversized crochet hooks in that zippered pouch.
Also fantastic, and I love the fun colors.
Now that feels good!
Please comment below to let me and other readers know
how you keep your stash and tools organized!
P.S. My first pattern is up!