The Must Stash podcast girls are doing a June “Stash Flash” – encouraging people to show their stash, to discuss what they’d like to change, organize, or improve. Here’s mine.
I store my yarn in our bedroom, mostly in our closet.
With a little bit under the bed:
But what’s in those?
Starting to the right, here’s my bin of drawers. It holds a few tools and completed gifts in the top, and then lighter yarns.
On top of those drawers is the only unorganized bit. It’s leftover from when I had 2 baskets on the main floor. (Before I realized that cat and dog hair will accumulate with such ferocity in open baskets, and before I realized that they were an open invitation to my dog to snatch a ball of yarn to be traded for a yummy treat.) I tend to throw things in there when I am done and have a bit of leftovers of yarn, or if I think I might knit something next.
Behind the drawer is the bulk of my stash. 3 bins.
What’s it look like inside?
First, the oddballs of worsted container, which I’ve done such a great job of working on that it is now mostly filled with sweater quantities in DK and sport. (2 grey sweaters!)
Here’s a shot of something I just love but am stumped by. I adore it in the skein. It’s art. But it’s scratchier than I can wear. And I worry that I wouldn’t adore it once it was knit up.
Remember the view to the left?
The green bin is probably my biggest problem: it’s stuff I want out of my stash, off my list, out of my zone of responsibility. But there’s such a tiny community of knitters here (or there are lots of them but they never congregate) that selling it seems hard. And shipping in Canada is expensive.
Some of this is fibre, from when I thought I was going to be a spindle spinner at least part-time.
In that bin there’s also a tote bag of leftovers.
Then another big chunk of the yarn.
After that we have to go to the underbed storage.
I’ve spent a fair bit of time over the years getting my stash organized and in shape, and I’m pretty happy with it. Last year I embarked on a campaign to deal with the ‘lurkers’, those yarns that I didn’t love or didn’t have a plan for. I wanted to love more of my stash. I’m still working on that but it’s much better.
I guess if I had to pick a goal to work on, it’s actually on my main floor. I’m not happy with how I store my needles and other tools. They seem scattered, and uncentralized.
2 thoughts on “Stash Flash”
Thanks for flashing your stash! Great pictures and very informative. I hope you find a satisfactory solution to your destash basket.
Nicely organized – and much smaller than my stash. I’m building stash now while I’m still working and can afford it, so that I can knit to the end of my days. With any luck there won’t be much left for my daughter and granddaughter to deal with.
your destash section looks interesting – I’m (slowly) learning to spin and that fibre might be the inspiration I need to spend more time at the wheel.
If you send me details about what is available (type of fibre, how much, colour description, etc.) I’d be willing to try and work out a deal that includes shipping to Ontario.
Hope to hear from you