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Organization Guide For Knitters
Best Ideas To Organize Your Knitting Supplies
Do you search for a set of needles or a pattern that you know is someplace, but can't lay your hands on where it is? I know it how frustrating it gets when you lose your gauge or can't find one needle that you know you had a set of. It's time to get your knitting supplies organized, so you can enjoy crafting without the frustration. You can get this project done in just an hour or two. You will enjoy crafting a lot more once it's done, I promise
Getting your self organized has it's own rewards. First and formost for me, I found myself buying duplicate supplies. What a waste of money. Then I would find that I thought I had something and I would go to look for it and find that I did not have it. Next step a stop to the store. Ugh !
Getting my self and my knitting supplies organized gave me crafting peace and pleasure !
Look around your house to see what you may already have that can be repurposed in this project
Getting Your Knitting Materials Organized - What You Will Need
- Something to hold your knitting needles We have several options for you to chose from
- Bins, boxes, or totes to hold your yarn
- Two ring binder notebooks These will hold your patterns and your skein sleeves
- Clear page protectors Used to hold patterns and skein wrappers
- Binder page dividers Used to divide sections in your notebooks
- Small notebook Used to list materials and suppiles already in your stash
Getting Started The very first thing that you want to do is to decide how much space that you want to set aside for your knitting storage. It can be part of a craft room, a closet or a cabinet. Like me it can be a single bag with all my supplies. Decide how much space you are going to use . Draw and measure the space out so that you will know what will fit in your space.
Getting It All Together
Gather Your Supplies
It's time to gather up all your supplies and tools. Lay them all out and make three piles. One pile to keep, one to donate and one to toss. It's time to be honest with yourself and get rid of stuff that has accumulated and isn't of use. Make up a list of what you have in a little notebook, so that you can carry it with you the next time you are shopping. That way if you find a project you want to do, you will know if you have the needles and tools to get it done.
If you have some wool from a left over project, you should keep some for repairs
Step One-Get Your Needles Organized
If you are like me, either you are missing one needle of a set, or they are in a drawer someplace. Getting yoour needles organized is a rewarding great first step in this journey. You will always know what you have in your stash and you won't be sprending money on needles you allready own.
Step Two-Organize Your Yarn - Tote And Go Project Bags
This totes are great to organize your yarn and/or take it with yoou on the road. I love to knit while I am sitting in my doctors office or while I am on a trip, and these bags are perfect to store my skeins and take them with me.
Organize Your Wool Stash
Glass Or Acrylic Jars Or Plastic Bins
As knitters, we like to be able to store our wool, but we also like to see what we have. Glass or acrylic jars are perfect. They are decorative and visual too. Group by color and type of wool to make it easy to find what you need. You can use things like glass cookie jars. These can be found almost anywhere. Try looking in your local thrift shop . You will be surprised at what you can find reasonably.
The second alternative is plastic bins. These are perfect for all those small little balls you have been saving. You can stack these bins in a corner or in a closet. You can store them by weight, color, manufacturer or type of yarn. Use whatever will fit your space.
Step Three-Organize Your Patterns
Gather all your loose patterns. It's time to get them ortganized. Place each pattern into a clear plastic paper holder. Organize them by category -seaters, scarves, hats,ect. Place dividers for each section . Viola ! You are organized !
The alternative would be to use a file box or a desk drawer with hanging folders. Improvise with what you have and the space available.
If you have knitting magazines, place them in magazine holders or use paper decorated cereal boxes to hold them on a desk or bookcase
Step Four-Organize Your Tools
It's time to get your tools organized. This is the easy and fun part. You simply chose one of these organizers and place your items in them.
Keep At Least One Label From Every Skein Of Yarn
They should be kept in page protectors in a notebook. You can refer to the nimber, washing instructions, dye lots and a lot more. Thus idea will save you a lot of hassle, I promise.
Knitting Organization Tips
Here is my personal favorite list of organization ideas for my fellow knitters
- Sort your yarn by type of yarn or color-it's up to you If you have lots of different yarn, sort it by type. If not just sprt it by color. Use a 5 gallon bag to sort or some kind of bin or basket
- Keep all materials for projects you are working on togetherIf you are working on a project, bag all the yarn, needles and pattern guide in one plastic bag for easy access.
- Bag all stray balls of yarn together
- Use large clear jars To hold yarn They make seeing ehat's in your stash easier
- If your stash is really large use a bookcase Bookcases are really great for storing craft stuff. You can use all kinds of bins and totes to organize your knitting
- Knitting needles can be stored in a large vase They will look attrractive and be esy to access
- Use the plastic bags to store your skeins of wool They are free and you can see the color through the bag
One Bag Knitting Storage - Keep All Your Knitting Supplies Together
I knit in my special chair, usually watching TV, so this one bag storage system in essential to me. Keeps my supplies from being all over the place and everything is at my fingertips. It is well worth the price. This bag is perfect to store all of your knitting supplies
Do It Yourself Knitting Organizers
We all have those skeins of yarn laying around. You can make yourself some organizers for your knitting supplies. They are fun to do and you can take pride in your work.
Keep A Knitting Journal Or Scrapbook
This is my newest project and I am really thrilled to get started with it. It may seem like some extra work, but once you get started , you will find the information will be priceless. There is no right way or wrong way to do this, just your way
What you need
A spiral notebook or a scrapbook album
Some page protectors
Some double sided tape or glue
Some markers and scrapbook paper
Create a first page for your scrapbook. Make it as artsy as you would like
Add pages for each project that you are working on.
You can include a copy of the pattern, the band around the skein of yarn, a swatch of the yarn plus any notes that you would like to include. My plan is to include a picture of the person that I made it for with their project
DIY Yarn Knitting Organization Projects - DIY Knitting Ideas
I love recycling and making organization projects for all my craft spaces. I can personalize my stash and hopefully reuse something to get organized
- Yarn Storage Box
A yarn storage box that you can decoupage in your own colors and patterns
Read More About Organizing Your Knitting
- Knitting Needle Storage ideas
HGTV article written by Carol Duvall
Do you have a knitting organization tip or idea that you would like to share? Stop by and say hello. Either way, we'd love to hear from you !