How to Store Your Yarn: Neat Ideas and Smart Solutions for Your Stash
Now... How to Store it?
Is it Time to Organize Your Stash?
If you are a crafter who works with yarn, sooner or later, you'll find yourself longing for ways to organize and store your yarn. While a few balls can be tucked away in a bag somewhere, once you have multiple hanks, skeins and balls, you'll find you need a way to organize and store your stash.
Many people buy yarn when it is on sale and obtain multiple skeins at a time or they buy their yarn in yarn lots with an eye to saving money on shipping. Others find a stash of yarn at a yard sale and snaffle it up. If you work on a number of projects, your yarn left-overs start to pile up.
Over time, your yarn stash grows and grows and as it does, space and storage become more of an issue.
Having the right storage containers can help you to keep your yarn stash orderly. Many different types of containers are offered, which, in the long run, can make things so much easier for those of us who love working with yarn.
This article looks at yarn storage products, whether it be for one ball or for an entire roomful. We'll start with soft containers and move on to their harder counterparts.
Looking for Soft Storage?
There are some surprisingly good soft storage containers and these work very well for storing yarn.
What a neat idea! These make the perfect yarn holders and all without being overly heavy.
InterDesign offers a range of soft storage containers, so make sure you check out what's available. You can choose larger or smaller, open or lidded, depending on your needs.
If you tend to store yarn for long periods, a lidded soft container will keep it in good shape until you are ready to start a project.
If you have a cat, you know how "curious kitty" is attracted like a magnet to small balls of yarn which kitty thinks are play objects. Storage bags can help to keep your frisky feline at bay.
Storage bags can also be actually purchased. (This was a new one to me.) You can find the odd one on Ebay. If you have odds and ends of yarn, these bags make short work of keeping everything orderly.
For yarn you won't be using for awhile, storage bags offer a practical solution and can be tucked away in a closet.
Need to Take Your Yarn With You?
Portable Yarn Drum
You've placed a cloth tote down, only to find it wet on the bottom because a porch was soaked--or it is raining outside and water pours directly into the top of your tote!.
A yarn drum is a handy container because you can carry up to eight balls of your yarn with you. The lid has an opening for easy yarn retrieval and the drum includes an accessory pouch + a mesh pocket for pattern books. A handle allows you to carry this drum in a couple of ways--in your hand or over the shoulder. A sensible feature of these drums is the PVC bottom, which protects your yarn against moisture.
Now Let's Move on to Hard Storage
Looking for something a bit more solid?
A Holed Lid and No More Tangled Yarn
Ever had your yarn go scooting down a staircase? What a nuisance!
For those who have longed for something to hold a single ball of yarn in, so that it doesn't shoot across the floor and wind itself around the nearest table leg, a yarn holder or tainer, as it is called, can be a godsend.
These smooth containers have a snap-on lids with holes in them for easy dispensing of yarn. Larger containers are also available, as pictured to the right, for holding additional balls of yarn.
Yarn holders/tainers are a great way to store and dispense yarn, preventing it from becoming tangled, knotted, and rolling around.
Lidded Plastic Bin Containers
While theoretically, you could try to stack your yarn skeins in the corner of a room or up against a wall, (only to have them tumble over and arrange themselves haphazardly across the floor or carpet) it is far easier to simply place them in a storage bin.
If you have a craft room, lidded plastic bin containers or stackable bin containers are ideal. They make great yarn organizers, and because they are clear, you see your yarn colors at a glance--very handy when you are looking for a particular shade.
Lidded and/or stackable bin containers are matching and as your yarn stash grows, new bin containers can easily be added. They are not generally considered as attractive-looking as some of the items mentioned above but if you have a spare closet, these are a good choice for yarn storage.
If you ever have to move, these large containers are ideal for transporting your yarn--and best of all, everything is already packed!
Lined Wicker Baskets
Trying to carry an armload of yarn can be tricky.
One of my favorites for yarn storage is a large lined wicker basket. These look homey and attractive and if you don't have room for shelving or haven't gotten around to installing it yet, a large wicker basket can be a convenient container for your yarn.
This larger storage unit looks tailor-made for yarn skeins. What a great offering.
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Not Gnarled but Neatly Organized
It can be rewarding to see your yarn neatly organized and ready for your next project. The storage products mentioned above can help greatly in reducing "yarn clutter." You can sort, organize, and combat common problems, such as soiling and tangling.
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