Wednesday, 30 March 2011

2KCBWDAY3 - Tidy mind, tidy stitches

Hello again! I am completely blown away by all the visits and comments I have received. I've been trying to find a way of easily replying to you all but it doesn't seem as simple in Blogger. I think there is an extra widget I can install so I will look into that as soon as possible. Nevertheless, thank you very much. As it stands my blog reader has got 264 unread posts and I'm trying to get through them before there will be even more tomorrow! My husband thinks I have gone completely mad (what's new?!) but I am really enjoying it. I didn't read a lot of knitting blogs before but I sure do now!

Today's topic

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

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.


Let's get this out of the way - I'm not a tidy person! My house is a wreck and needs a lot of work and because of this our possessions get shifted around the place and we can't find anything. It had got to the point where the kids were starting to mess with my yarn and that just wouldn't do! So in came the yarn cupboard. It cost me £25 from my local fabulous charity warehouse and has the wonderful benefit of a lock. With 3 children and 4 cats that makes a total of 14 sets of hands or paws waiting to unravel my skeins. I will eventually get around to revamping the cupboard. I have some great retro wallpaper for the inside and it will get painted once I get the energy to drag it back down the stairs and outside. I'm not sure what colour it wants to be yet. You can also see a sliver of my very undesirable stair carpet. A true treat for the senses!


But of course this isn't all of the yarn. The yarn in the cupboard is the stuff that was either expensive or is of a similar type, to keep them all together. The cottons and other odds and ends I keep in zip bags that came with some mattress protectors I bought. Free and kitty-barf/hair proof! The Wendy Fusion is in my 'What was I thinking?' category as I have no idea what to make with it.


My needles, stitch markers, hooks and things all fit into this bag leaving enough room for a small project too. It is a washbag from Ikea and has a metal frame around the zip so it stays open for you to knit from and you can see into all the little corners so nothing gets lost. And it has useful pockets on either side. Everyone in my knitting group has one of these. A bargain at less than £5 too. I try and keep mine as tidy as possible as it makes it much easier to find things. And sometimes I hide sweets in there too. Shhh!

23 comments:

  1. Your stash seems under control to me XD

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  2. Love your cupboard..and the IKEA bag looks like a cheerful project bag.

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  3. I love that yarn cupboard,what a bargain.

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  4. You have a yarn cupboard?! *covets* Love it :D So much nicer than my plastic box... If only I had some room!

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  5. I luvs Ikea: the Kings of storage :-)

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  6. I love your cupboard! It's so pretty with all the yarn and colors. And the bag looks great!

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  7. I love your cupboard. That's a great way to protect and display your yarn.

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  8. Yours is the kind of cupboard that I meant in my post. Looks great.
    As for the cat, she is not as innocent as she looks. Yesterday I woke up to find numerous yarn balls unraveled and strewn through the bedroom, along the hallway, down the stairs and all over the lounge. She also likes to steal them and hide them if she can't unravel them.
    x

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  9. I have totally been looking for a cupboard like that, its awesome! There is one in ikea which would fit the bill but its not cheap...lovely post (and i'm going to follow your blog, I like it)

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  10. I love that cupboard, what a bargain. I looks like I need to get myself to Ikea, their products have featured in every post I've read today!

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  11. I love your yarn cupboard! And I wish I had seen that Ikea bag before my last visit there, I could really use something like that.

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  12. I love the cupboard and the IKEA bag! You have given me some great ideas on how to get more organized!

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  13. I love your cupboard, it's like a little shop window!

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  14. I want a cupboard with a lock! Or anything with a lock. I can't imagine being able to keep the little hands in my house out of my stuff!

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  15. That glass fronted cupboard is gorgeous! What a wonderful place to keep your yarn!

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  16. Looks pretty organized to me! Love the cupboard.

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  17. I love the cupboard, especially because you can see what's in it, unlike my chest!

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  18. For being 'not a tidy person,' your stash looks pretty well stored! I love the glass panels in your cupboard - yarn is an excellent decor choice in my book.

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  19. Your knitting bag is gorgeous! If only we had Ikea in SA.... :(
    Your stash is beautifully organised!

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  20. You're tidy. Shhh.
    I'm slightly envious of your cupboard! I love seeing the bright colors peak through :3

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