So, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before now, I recently had the excitement of moving to a new apartment and starting a new job all at the same time. This has generally been a very positive move, because although having a day job does drastically cut into my knitting time, having a regular income also greatly increases my ability to afford things, which is pretty freaking amazing.
As moves go, it went pretty well, but one of the holdups has been unpacking my yarn stash. Back in November I managed to get literally everything else unpacked except for my yarn, which has since then still been in the 6-7 large moving boxes it travelled in. It’s also, I realize, been a big reason why I’ve mostly still been knitting on the few larger projects that I started before I moved – the granny square blanket, the Venezia pullover – and a few skeins of sock yarn I pulled out of storage in advance.
As a result I’ve discovered it’s been a lot harder to fully engage with my creative knitting process when I don’t have as easy access to the materials. Sure, they’ve been there in boxes, but it somehow gets a lot harder to pull out a skein of something to swatch up for a new project when you don’t know exactly where that one skein is. Or, even if you still have that one skein anymore, because what if you knitted with it before you moved and just forgot about it?
I finally got some headway on all of this a couple of weekends ago when I got some shelves just for this purpose. (I also needed to make sure I didn’t order anything that wouldn’t fit in the space, which would of course not help matters at all to make that mistake).
Friends, let me tell you how much better it is to be able to see your yarn all in one place. I’ve always enjoyed having an at least slightly organized stash, and let’s face it shelves or some kind of system of plastic bins are probably the most popular way to do that (I hear stories about yarn closets, too, those sound pretty amazing). But it makes such a difference to be able to just see at a glance what I’ve got to work with. The creative process is a strange and loopy thing sometimes so at least removing one barrier helps a huge amount. Also it makes one wonder how many of these IKEA shelves get sold for yarn purposes – by my partial and limited statistical sample of knitter friends, I’m guessing at least 95%. 😉
Now I can move on to new challenges – remembering all the great things I had planned for all this yarn, and deciding which to work on first. That is a good problem to have!
How do you like to organize your yarn, knitter friends?
Have a great Tuesday!