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12/30 My Stash

30 Day Knitting Challenge Day 12: Where do you keep your stash? Post pictures!

I’ve been in denial: I really didn’t think my stash was this big (or this disorganized). I really need to sort and organize everything, and part with the yarn I don’t particularly like.

This is where I keep my stash officially, an armoire in The Yarn Office, the room formerly known as the formal living room.

Stash Armoire
Main Stash Armoire

I always think of my stash as being on the top shelf inside, but the bottom shelf has some yarn & FOs even though it’s taken up mostly by old journals and project bags and other stuff. The yarn and fiber bumps sitting on top of the armoire are my haul from MDS&W this year. And there is yarn in a few of the bags stuffed into the corner next to the armoire, yarn I was going to donate but then used to make a yarn ball wreath for my front door in 2010/2011. There are also 2 bolts of upholstery fabric tucked in there I’m never going to use – the sewing machine and I have a very tenuous relationship – and should donate.

Stash By Couch
Satellite Stash

My satellite stash is a basket next to my spot (my precious spot) on the couch and has yarn for current or upcoming projects. The big basket does have some FOs, but it’s about time for me to sort through this and return things to the mothership main stash.

Stash Yarn Office 2
Yarn Office Stash 2

The Yarn Office has another stash section. Two of these bins have batts that I’m selling in my etsy shop, also called The Yarn Office, one has leftover Knit Picks Comfy from a baby blanket projects my knitting group did, and another has sample skeins from a natural dye class I took in 2011, along with subsequent natural dye samples that I did on my own.

Stash Yarn Office 4
Yarn Office Spinning Wheel Stash

Here is the fiber basket stash that lives next to my wheel. The white fiber is targhee that I’ve had for 6 years now and the red is fiber I got in my knitting group’s Christmas exchange in 2011. There may be more hiding in the basket; I didn’t want to look.

Stash Yarn Office 3
Cecily’s Stash

This isn’t really my yarn – I’m just fostering it for a little while; it’s yarn my friend Cecily gave me when she was packing to move and realized she was never going to crochet. I think I need to pass this stuff on to someone else who would enjoy them more.

Stash Yarn Office 5
Handspun Stash

I almost forgot about this basket in The Yarn Office; it has most of my handspun, with some hand-dyed yarn & part of the commercially-knit sweater from which it was unraveled. I did that back in my thrifty/green yarn days, 2008-2009.

Stash Dining Room
Fiber Stash

Except for the fabric and notions in the two closest bins and the giant tub, this is all fiber that I’ve processed from raw fleece (or plan to process). Also, there’s is an alpaca fleece hiding in the corner that’s peeking out from between the bin towers. Shhh – don’t remind my husband.

And I almost forgot; I have two drawers in a dresser upstairs that have yarn in them, so I guess that makes them part of my stash.

Stash Drawer 1
Stash Drawer 1

Most of this is from before 2004. Note the vintage yarn label on that skein of Knit Picks from when they first started their own yarn line. Also, the purple is Valley Yarns Berkshire; I used it to make the sweater on the Fall 2007 cover of Interweave Knits but didn’t like the end result and have been doing various other things with it since then.

Stash Drawer 2
Stash Drawer 2

Most of this is from before 2004. The orange thing is a sweater my grandmother knit, but orange isn’t my color and I unraveled part of it because I needed orange for something else. The pink is 100% wool I ordered for making felted slippers in 2003ish. I got the Dale of Norway Baby Ull (the small white skein) for a fair isle hat I never made, although I did use all of the blue I got with it for something else. There’s a partially finished modular blanket made with long-retired yarn, the hat that’s my first attempt at colorwork that’s too small to fit all but the smallest of human babies, and the swatch from my first sweater in 2004.


I really need to sort through everything, organize, and donate/gift a lot of it. I hate not being organized, but when you live with 4 guys (well, now 3 since my oldest went to college), cleaning and organizing everything can be really frustrating – it seems like I’ll clean something, turn my back, one of them will wander by, and I turn back and boom: the clean thing is now dirty again. While it does occasionally bother me, they have taught me that there are more important things in life than having a clean, organized house.


10 responses to “12/30 My Stash”

  1. PaperPuff Avatar

    Reading this makes me feel a whole lot better about my creaking cupboards and drawers! Believe me, I am way worse than you!

    1. I’ve heard of much larger stashes of all kinds of things from yarn & fabric to scrapbooking & jewelry making. There was a picture (I wonder if I can find it?) that circulated a while back of one woman’s yarn stash: her basement looked like a local yarn store. I know I’m not *that* bad, I just thought I had less than what I do have.

      1. PaperPuff Avatar

        I have two roomfuls…! And considering I only make small cards etc one finished object doesn’t exactly deplete the stash by much.

        1. One of my knitting friends is working through her stash by selecting yarn to put in a bin that has to be knit within a certain time period, with rewards of doing something more fun here and there. Would something like that work for you? Or, actually, why not just be happy with or proud of your stash? I’ve tried this mind-trick with my weight and I think it’s mostly working, from “I can’t believe I let myself go!” to “I’m proud; I earned this!”

          1. PaperPuff Avatar

            That made me really, really laugh! Yes, I think I’ll just be happy with the size of the stash. And reward myself with cake.

          2. Cake for everyone! (I love cake!)

  2. “I turn back and boom: the clean thing is now dirty again” – know EXACTLY how you feel! Seems to be the nature of having kids, regardless of age…I swear it was easier when they were babies and I was up half the night nursing. lol

    A helpful tip I read in one of those home-organizing books (maybe part of the Kondo method, can’t remember), is to not store the same sorts of things in different parts of the house because it makes it harder to keep track of what you have. So if you can put all your yarn in one spot instead of having bins of it in different parts of the house, it’s better. I found that very helpful when I was going through all my stash. 🙂

    1. It was easier in some ways when the kids were babies, but that’s such as intense year! The sleep deprivation … ugh. Thank you for the tip; I think that’s what I tried to do initially, but then everything began to spread and creep into new spots. I swear sometimes my yarn & fiber are sentient beings colonizing various corners of my house. 😛

      1. 🙂 I think they take on the same form at mine. Oh well…we can’t be creative and do our thing without our materials. 🙂

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