|The free Beaux Jestes Socks by Tracy St. John are a perfect stash busting project. These socks use small amounts of several colors of fingering-weight yarn.
Flowers buds are beginning to poke their heads above ground
and the warm weather is begging me to open the windows and air the house out. I
love the newfound invigoration that leads me to jump into organizing closets
and dust corners I seldom ever visit.
Spring cleaning! But this year I walked past the laundry
room desperately in need of straightening and the overflowing bookshelves. I
dove into my yarn stash instead. And yes, it was just a much fun as it sounds
||Crochet hats, like the Diamonds and Lace Hat by Linda Permann, are a great quick project that uses very little yarn.
While I'm on the subject, and in the middle of the project,
I thought I would share a few of my favorite yarn stash cleaning/organizing
tips as well as some of my favorite stash busting free patterns. Then stay
tuned for a special contest at the end of the blog.
1. Keep sweater quantities of yarn together. Whether you
keep them in separate bin, tie them together, or place them in their own bag
before storing them in a larger bag or bin. Eliminate the frustration of
finding that perfect sweater pattern that requires 6 skeins of yarn and only
being able to find 5 skeins. I've been there only to find that sixth skein
several months later.
2. Determine how you are going to categorize your yarn. Do
you want to separate them by weight-worsted, DK, sport, lace? Or do you sort
them fiber-wool, cotton, acrylic, silk? The method you decide on will depend on
how you choose your yarn. When you look at a hat or cowl pattern worked in
worsted-weight yarn, how important is fiber content to you or would you rather
just have all your worsted-weight yarn in one location? I also know people who
sort their yarn according to color because that is what is most important to
||The Organic Cotton Washcloth by Kim Werker makes a fabulous gift, and you can create several with a couple skeins of soft cotton yarn. These are great for adults too!
I think first about fiber content. Whether I crochet that
hat out of acrylic, wool, or alpaca is my first thought. You don't have to
choose only one method. While most of my yarn stash is sorted according to
fiber type, I keep all of my sport-weight yarn and thread in their own separate
You may not find the right method of storing your yarn right
away, but keep fine tuning your storage method until you find what works best
3. Keep a separate bag or bin for yarn that hasn't yet been
sorted. We all pick up a new skein or two (or thirty) during the year. Some
yarn is left over from projects we finish, and some yarn is picked up on sale
or just because we fall in love with it but isn't immediately crocheted.
This helps keep your yarn organized and keeps it from
landing all over the house when you don't have time to "put it away" in the
correct bin. Then don't forget to revisit that "holding" bin periodically and
put the yarn away in the proper place.