Knitting and Crochet Blog Week: Day Three

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.

I posted this picture last September of my lovely, stuffed-to-the-gills bureau, and to my surprise, it actually still looks more or less like this.

I say more or less, since the desk surface under the flap has become something of a dumping ground, but otherwise, things are still pretty much where they should be. Yarn is under the bed in boxes, Fabric is in the bureau, stuffing is at the back of the wardrobe.

My main problem comes with storing works in progress. At the moment, crochet ones live in bags and hang from the curtain hook to the right of the bureau, and sewing ones live in a big bag under the table. It’s not a great system, but it seems to be working and I can always find what I need.

One thing I like about the crochet system, is that I can just grab and go when I want to take a project out with me. I’ve got 2 of these Japanese knot-style bags, and a clutch of drawstring ones, all just waiting to go when I’m ready. But probably the best organiser I have is for my crochet hooks:

I really love this case and how my hooks look in it. They’re neat and tidy and compact, so I can grab a crochet bag or even just a ball of wool and the case and I’m good to go. For my current space arrangements, compartmentalisation is essential. But our new flat is coming (slooooooowly, but coming) and I’m already planning how to organising things when we get there. We’re going to have a garage! Storage space at last!

And boy, will my husband be glad to get the living room back…

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12 thoughts on “Knitting and Crochet Blog Week: Day Three

    1. We have such a tiny flat that I have to keep everything organised. It’s hard enough on my husband as it is! The knot bags have been wonderful for that, definitely.

      Thanks for dropping in!

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  1. I hate to tell you but your stuff will expand to fill your space. We moved from a one bedroom flat – bought no new furniture – moved to a three bedroom house with a garage and didn’t have enough space to store everything! Just sayin’

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  2. CraftyCripple is right on the space thing!! We move next week and my husband has allocated me a craft area with the hope that I don’t overflow into the rest of the house. At least I won’t be hogging the dining table any more!

    Love the crochet hook organiser – I definitely need to look out for (or make) something like that!

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    1. Having your own space definitely makes a difference. I have to put the table up and take it down again every time I sew – really looking forward to having a permanent table!

      I love my hook case, but it does get a bit heavy to carry around. I’m working on a smaller ‘travel case’ design, but haven’t had time to make it yet. At this rate, we’ll have moved house before I get to it!

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