Let's talk about yarn storage. Something that happens to knitters over time: the obsession with yarn. I can't go a month without ordering a box of wool. There's something about the anticipation and potential of an untouched skein that is too beautiful. It's a wonderful addiction, but that's not what I'm here to talk about today.
MY YARN HAS YARN BABIES
I usually make about 2-3 projects/month, so I'm definitely ordering more wool than I can turn into projects. What do I do with all that yarn? I dump it all over my bed and roll around in it; isn't that what you do? But really, yarn storage is a constant struggle. I'd love for my stash to look as beautifully color coded and stacked as it does in my favorite yarn stores, but that's not my reality.
There are many angles to my yarn storage struggle: how do I keep it organized? How do I keep from buying duplicate skeins when I can't find that ball of Madelinetosh that I swear I bought last month? How do you keep it from spreading all over my house and taking over my life (that's not spaghetti I'm cooking with, that's sock yarn). Finally, my least favorite battle: how do I keep the dust away.
I hadn't ever really thought about the effects of dust on yarn until I started storing it on my book shelves. I thought "this would be a great way to display my skein's colors and keep things a bit more tidy." Turns out that as many other San Franciscans know, this city is dusty! When I pulled down a skein of ASAP to knit a Christmas present last year I had a delighted to see that it was covered in dust. Have you ever tried to get dust off of yarn? It's not easy. To prevent this, I started storing my yarn in boxes. This was a great move until the boxes started taking over and the yarn started spilling out. I guess I'm not as disciplined with organizing my crafts as I'd like to be. Still, this is good progress for me and it does the trick for keeping most of the dust at bay. It was time to level up.
WRAP IT IN PLASTIC
When I'm prepping a larger project that requires multiple skeins of yarn, I pull the skeins together, swift them and lay them out to plan my project. I usually end up stacking the prepped balls on my crafting table so that they're ready to go when I need them. And the problem with this is pretty obvious (I hope): dust. So, I started storing my yarn in ziplock bags. I'm contemplating doing this with all of my yarn and the up side is that I can collate the crap out of my yarn stash: by color, by project, by weight, by company, etc. Then I can label everything and finally step back and marvel at my perfectly organized yarn wall. GOALS.
Ultimately what I've learned about yarn storage is that it's all about the little things (coincidentally that's sort of what knitting is all about, too). When I've reached the ultimate level and am an old lady with oodles of knitting wisdom, then maybe I'll have combined all these tricks and be surrounded by yarn stash harmony. Until then I have a subscription for ziplocks.