Sunday, 27 September 2009

Must organise...

Ok, I posted a few days ago about possibly having a problem with my stash. I decided to organise it a bit better, and I have discovered that I most definitely have a problem. I'm not proud of this, but here is a photo of my yarn stash all in one place.
















It's ridiculous! I'm getting close to the Ravelry term SABLE - Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy. In my defence, about 50% of this stash was given to me by elderly friends or people cleaning out their cupboards, so I haven't actively bought it all. Even so, I need to get it organised and start using it up.

I currently use Ravelry's stash organiser, which is a fantastic idea, but I find it hard to keep up to date. I never get round to uploading photos of my yarn, so then I start to forget what I have. I decided to revert to a good old fashioned low-tech notebook. I'm writing down the name and weight of the yarn, the meterage per ball, and the number of balls in stash. Then I'm attaching a small sample of the yarn to the side of the page, so that I can instantly remember what it looks and feels like. The notebook can then be used alongside my pattern collection when I'm trying to find yarn for new projects.













Believe it or not, I do have plans for most of the stuff in there. The only problem is that my brain knits faster than my hands, so it's going to be a while before yarn becomes finished objects. However, my aim for the next few weeks is to match yarn to patterns and try to find some sort of order in the chaos. Wish me luck!

7 comments:

  1. Wow, I thought I had a lot! Good luck :)

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  2. at least you have started to organize... I just don't know where to start with my stash...
    good luck!

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  3. Bloody hell! If I were you I'd do a re-enactment of Scrooge McDuck diving into his vault of gold, except er... on yarn ;)

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  4. OMG and I thought I was bad. Thank you, you've just made me feel a little better about my stash:) Good luck with the organising, I may try that myself. I've tried Ravelry and I'm hopeless at keep it up to date.

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  5. Oh, I have a SABLE of:

    card
    lipsticks
    beads

    (blush)

    Lots of lovely stash you have though!

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  6. I have to say I am a bit jealous of your stash, the method you are using for organising it though is inspired, I may do it myself, when my stash is big enough that is ;) :)

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  7. My stash is about the same size! I completely understand & your notebook is a great idea! Good luck, it looks like you have a bust winter ahead! x

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