Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Great Yarn Fiasco
You think this looks bad, but really it's on it's way to being much better.
I used to store my yarns in that bin. Loose. And loose yarns did what they always do in a cramped space: they reproduced. They made this lovely little yarn tangle, which actually used to be much bigger before I started organizing.
Recently I bought some new yarn, and when it wouldn't fit in the bin, I knew I had to take action. First I bought some gallon sized ziploc bags. I wish I had noticed that they were the blue ones before I bought them, but oh well. They were on sale. Next I started organizing the yarn into these bags by weight.
Here we have some fingering weight, I think. Or is it called bedspread weight? I can't imagine making a whole bedspread out of these tiny threads, but I'm sure someone, somewhere, has done it.
Next we have some yarns of similar weight but different.
I discovered while doing this that if I leave a little opening in the ziploc, I can fit much more in the bin. I can squish the air out of the bags as I go along. I'm not particularly interested in having the bags keep the yarns clean or dry. The bin will do that.
I just want to keep them from swapping genetic material.
And oh! Aren't these some pretty yarns? The red and teal ones are new. They are mohair/acrylic and so soft and fuzzy. Can't wait to see what project I'll be using these for. Probably not scarves, tho. Too itchy. Leg warmers, maybe?
I love eyelash yarn. Can you tell?
On the very top I have more new yarn: some very soft acrylic in white and multi. I will want to get into these soon.
And so there you have it: all my yarns fit in the bin and they're neat and organized, and protected prophylactically.
Well, almost all my yarns fit in the bin.
These yarns are some that I have decided need to live at a new home. So if you're reading this Carol, and you don't want any of these yarns, speak now or they are showing up with me at your house on Friday!
Except for the granny squares. I will repurpose those, I think. Maybe they need to be potholders or coasters or something...
And here is proof that I got the lid on:
And the moral of the story is: I will not buy anymore yarn until I use up some of the yarns I already have. The end.