One of the knitting-related blogs that I’ve discovered lately is called Eskimimi Knits, and I love seeing all of her projects. I also found out that she’s doing this great project called Knitting and Crochet Blog Week – which is a fun way to get a lot of crafty bloggers to all blog on certain themes and get to know each other better all week. I’m so glad that I found out about it just in time to participate! Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up every day – if you’re a knitting or crocheting blogger (you don’t have to have a blog dedicated to it), why doing you join in too?
Today’s topic (2KCBWDAY3) is about organizing your knitting – or not. I don’t know that I really consider my knitting supplies ‘organized’ per se – I have them in several different locations, out of necessity since space is at a premium around here.
I have a little corner in our master bedroom, and that’s where most of my stuff is:
But I also have some yarn stored in the basement – mostly yarn left over from my crocheting days though, basic worsted weight and baby yarn from when I used to make a lot of afghans. I really don’t even know what’s in there – that’s the yarn I need to sort through and probably get rid of a decent amount of.
There are also a couple of half-finished crochet projects somewhere in those drawers – not only did I stop crocheting for a while because of hand pain, but I also stopped having babies, and so did most of my friends. Someday I’d like to finish the last couple of blankets – but I’ve discovered that I enjoy knitting a lot more than crocheting, so I have no idea when.
There is one last, very special, stash of yarn that I have. It’s stored in my closet:
This bin was brought here in its entirety, almost exactly a year ago after my aunt died. She had taken up crocheting after she retired, and was well known in the family for making afghans. Always the same ripple pattern – just the size and colors varied. I have one of them over the back of our couch right now, and my mom has several as well.
After the funeral, we all went over to my aunt’s house and my cousin asked if there was anything that I wanted. Knowing that I knit, she offered me her mom’s remaining stash of yarn, so I brought the bin home with me. Some of the yarns are ones that I will likely use and some are colors or yarns that I’m not fond of. I plan to donate the yarn that I won’t use, and at some point want to figure out something special to make with the rest of it – I just haven’t sat down and looked through to sort it all out yet. In a way, I think I’ve been putting it off on purpose, but now that it’s been a year, I really need to get that done.
I have a few things scattered in other places – my current project is in a bag on the couch, so I can grab it whenever I have a few extra minutes. And I can think of at least 2 cupboards or drawers where I’ve got needles and books. Someday, I hope to have a ‘craft’ room of my own, or at least a portion of a room. Then again, if I had more space, my yarn stash would likely grow out of control, so it’s probably for the best.
There’s another type of organization to consider – I do track and organize my current and past knitting projects (plus needles, yarns and patterns) on Ravelry, as well as on an iPhone app called KnitMinder. I love the app, because I always have my phone with me and I can take pictures of my work as I go right with it too. And there’s a built-in counter, which also comes in very handy too.
Come back tomorrow to hear the fates of some of my past knitting projects!