No… this isn’t a store, this is my personal collection of yarn. As some of you may already know, I don’t refer to this as a yarn ‘stash’. This is my collection of yarn.
I organize my yarn by brand and not colour. I prefer to quickly see if I have a colour within a brand then surfing through all of the same colours to see what brands are there. For me, that makes sense.
I used to store my yarn in bins and totes but I stopped doing that. I am very fortunate to have the room in my home to store my yarn in this way.
Here are some tips and ideas when storing yarn:
- The shelving you see is from Ikea. Each shelf can hold 16 balls of normal 7oz size yarn balls as found as Walmart for Super Saver. It can hold a lot of yarn per section cube.
- The pricing of the shelving is only $70 each. Each shelf has 8 cube sections. It can hold 128 balls each. That’s a lot of yarn. When you factor in the pricing of a tote and the inconvenient nature of stacking totes and trying to find the yarn you need, this system seems more cost effective and convenient.
- Yarn needs to to breathe. If you trap your yarn into totes which little air movement and within the combined nature of humidity, your yarn can go musky and really smell terrible. You really can’t wash your yarn before you use it. You most likely will trash the yarn. Seems like a huge waste.
- The downside to storing your yarn like my system is if your basement or living space is damp. It will absorb the dampness, smells or anything pertaining to your home. If you are a smoker, your yarn will absorb the smoke.
- Some people like to complain about their yarn getting dusty if the yarn is exposed like this. I just dust it off and it’s really no big deal for me.
- For any balls that I use a portion of a ball, I put the remainder of my ball through a ball winder to condense the packaging to make it easier to store. I keep the labels and insert them into the centre of the new ball formed by the ball winder so I know the exact colour and brand.
Is there such thing as too much yarn? I hate to admit it but there is. Many people collect yarn just because but really will never use it in their lifetime! I probably will never use all of my yarn but I do giveaways and gift my yarn on occasion to where I think another crocheter or knitter would like some of my collection.
For me, I came to the realization in 2011 that yarn is my hobby, plus also my business. It’s a part of my everyday life. I made more of a mess when I was rifling through totes than this new system. My biggest problem is when I get more yarn that i don’t usually put it away. Truth is too, some of the yarn I liked it in the moment of purchase but have changed my mind over time. In those cases, I should just get rid of it to someone that might enjoy it better than I.
If yarn brings you happiness and this is your hobby, why not display your yarn like a library collection. Sure, maybe some men or family members won’t see your idea of storage as pretty, but if it makes you happy… then too bad for them! haha… That’s my motto anyway.