Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Crochet and Knitting Blog Week, Day 3

blog week

Day Three: 30th March. Tidy mind, tidy stitches.

Ugh, let me start off by apologizing to anyone who got an unfinished version of this post Monday night--I was writing it ahead of time and accidentally hit the "publish" button. Not very talented of me.

ANYWAY--here's the real post! Today's topic: Organization.

How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised? It seems like an easy to answer question at first, but in fact organisation exists on many levels. Maybe you are truly not organised at all, in which case I am personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are organised, blog about an aspect of that organisation process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organised stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry.

Oooh, this is not going to be pretty. Notice the third sentence in that paragraph? The one that starts "Maybe you are truly not organised at all..." I think whoever wrote that was looking directly at me at the time. I was off doing something else when God was passing out the organization genes, no question about it. Well, even though no one mentioned that this blog week was going to involve airing your dirtiest laundry, I took up the dare to photograph my stash, warts and all. Maybe one of you will take pity on me and offer to come over and organize it for me lol!

My main stash storage:


There is some organization here, like I do have all the wool yarns in one drawer, all the baby yarn in another. But it's not terribly neat. And you can see all the overflow onto the floor and table. Now I do have a bit of organization of my patterns in the box you can see on the floor:


But I don't keep up with it as well as I should. I print so many patterns off the web, and somehow never seem to get them filed in this box.

This is the small storage I keep in the living room for things I'm actively working on. The pile of books on top are crochet books checked out from the library. Once again, there's not much rhyme or reason to what is stashed in the drawers here.


And yet another place to keep yarn! Next to the sofa where I crochet while I watch tv. Don't want to ever be out of arms reach from a hook and a skein of yarn!


And lastly, my main project bag. Also not neat and tidy.


I have made peace with the fact that I am never going to be an uber-organized person. Never. My desk at work is always cluttered, and yet I can usually put my hand on any file I need. Maybe I've learned coping skills over the years, I don't know. I definitely do like keeping my projects on Ravelry, it let's me track my progress and also keep track of patterns I would like to make. Maybe that will spill over into my off-line crafting chaos--baby steps, right?


Fugzilla said...

Wow, you look very organized. I, too, have many plastic containers and bags. Its the only way, though I still do not feel organized. :-/

Shanti said...

I know what you mean... I am kind of the same... I am a mess and always have clutter everyware but I know exactly where to look when I need something... that must be some kind of organization, or not?

Sue Solana said...

Well I think you are pretty organized and I love the plastic drawers for your yarn. I had them and then gave them to my grandkids to help them get organized, lol, so will have to get some more.
Love your post!

katiemckinna said...

You are totally honest and brave for photographing your stash how it really looks. Bravo!