Day 3: How do you keep your yarn wrangling organized?
I'd be lying if I said I was super organized. At one point, my yarn stash was literally a pile of yarn, with no organization whatsoever. But I've grown since then, and I have to say I'm happy with how my yarn is organized. The most important thing I feel that I've done was to photograph all my yarns and upload them to my Ravelry stash. It took about a day to do them all, and it was amazing (or sad?) to see yarns I'd completely forgotten that I owned.
Quite honestly, if someone was trying to take the first step in getting organized, I would recommend this, or at least something like it. Knowing your inventory is key. I also made sure I got my knitting bag organized, since I use it on a daily basis.
This great bag was a bridesmaid gift from my cousin, and it's really come in handy for my knitting. It's huge, and can hold tons of stuff. Usually, these are the only things that I make sure are inside:
1 & 2: my wonderful organization bags by MadBird. The big one holds any yarn I'm using, and the little one is for things like pens, stitch markers, scrap yarn, extra needles, and darning needles.
3: This great little notebook is where I write down notes on what I'm currently working on. The cover is handmade from The Fig Leaf.
4. My Nook - need I say much more? I have tons of knitting patterns stored on here. That way, all I have to do is make sure I have the yarn I need, and I can start most any project I want.
5. I picked this notebook up at a used book store, which is weird because it was brand new. It's full of pretty, white, unlined pages. This is where I sketch out ideas I have for patterns. It's great to have with me all the time, because I never know when an image will pop into my head.
6. Ruler and scissors. Duh. I usually keep a tape measure in my little pink bag, too.
I've still got a ways to go, but I'm happy with where I've come so far. Hopefully soon I'll have a nice big set of shelves that will help me organize my yarn in a better fashion, but when you're living in a 450 square foot apartment with your husband and two kitties, there aren't too many options!