How to Sort Yarn – Method 2By Veronica Smith – 14 Comments
How to sort your yarns – method 2, a follow on to method 1 (funny that). This is another way to manage your yarns and can be used with method 1 or instead of. This is a wonderful system and it really works, as does method 1. It works in the hands of somebody organized, although I must admit even I have employed this system with great success, I use it in conjunction with method 1 (method 1 is still is stored in the bedroom) and I think I am getting on top of things finally.
- Grab a book – plain paper or lined, doesn’t matter.
- Rule the page horizontally into 2 or 3 sections, don’t make them too cramped.
- Pull all the yarns out – messy but fun.
- Cut a snippet about the length of a crochet hook.
- Tape or staple this into the book in one section. Write the relevant information. (5 balls, 180 meters each / 100g, 100% acrylic, 10ply / worsted weight, 5mm/H hook) Whatever you think is relevant.
- Keep doing this – I actually tried to do it in color lots but then new ones were purchased or I had some variegated ones so that didn’t work.
- Make sure you keep updating the book. If you had 7 balls and have used 5 change the quantity in the book. If you purchase new yarn, add it straight away to the book.
Why would you do this other than an excuse to play with yarn and not do housework? Well, if you have your stash stored everywhere or you have it squished in hard to get to places this can save a heap of frustration. If you find a pattern you like you can go through the book and see if you have enough of something hiding away. If you keep the list in your car or handbag then you can check easily the colors you have and the amount. Let’s say you see some lovely variegated yarn but it was a bit overwhelming – you can easily check if you have something suitable at home to go with it.
If you see that lovely expensive yarn (READ: The stuff you can’t afford – but why can’t you?) you can see if you have something to go with it. Or the other way around if you already have a fancy accent ball at home.
As with Method 1, this takes a fair bit of initial work but once it is done, as long as you maintain it, works well. It works for me anyhow. I started it in a bid to cut down my spending, sometimes I found I had just purchased something similar to what I already had. Or I bought something for a trim and when I got home it didn’t match what it was suppose to.
….however it seems I am still buying anything and everything that I can crochet with.
How do you organize what you have?