If anyone has any suggestions, I’m happy to listen.
Here’s my plan, and I’m not totally sold on this plan but it seems to be the best I can come up with.
- Sort according to weight – for all the miscellaneous, especially single skeins, I’m putting them in tubs according to weight – fingering, sport, DK, etc.
- In those “sortedby weight tubs”, mostly it’s yarns that don’t have specific projects in mind.
- For yarn that’s planned for a project, I’m going to put that in “project” tubs, which are also sorted by weight.
There will be several tubs of fingering weight yarn, less of sport, even less of worsted because I buy lots of single skeins of fingering weight for socks, hats, shawls, etc. I rarely buy worsted weight yarn unless it’s for a project.
Say I have 8 skeins of Malabrigo Rios, which is a worsted weight yarn, which I had planned to use for a sweater, it goes into the tub 19-PW-1, which means it was sorted in 2019, it’s for a project, and it’s worsted weight and it’s in the first tub of worsted weight projects I sorted. Suppose I have 5 skeins of Madelinetosh Sock to make a sweater, that would go in 19-PF-1, which means it’s a tub sorted in 2019, it’s for a project, it’s fingering weight and it’s in the first tub of of fingering weight project yarn I sorted.
Then, suppose I make that fingering weight sweater . . that leaves a spot in that tub so if/when I buy fingering weight yarn for another sweater, I could put it back in that same tub.
This is basically the method I’ve been using but when I was buying lots of yarn, it was hard to keep a “flow” going. One thing I’ve learned is that I should not take out a bunch of yarn at once – some fingering, some worsted, some sport – to make a couple of projects, then just chunk it all together into an empty tub when I decide not to use any of what I pulled.
Another thing I’m planning to do is keep a “Projects” tote and in that tote, I’ll keep several projects – maybe yarn for a few pairs of plain vanilla socks, a few pairs of fancy socks, maybe an easy shawl and an easy sweater, and always a couple of skeins for hats.
I’ve been keeping a container in the car that has stitch markers, a tape measure, scissors, a darning needle, etc. I’ll make sure whatever patterns I plan to use are on the iPad. I just ordered two sets of interchangeable needles from Overstock and I’m going to keep one set of those in the car, along with sock needles.
When we start to go somewhere, whether it’s just to Abilene for the day, or a quick trip to Arkansas to look a house, I’d have my project ready to grab and take with me.
What matters to me with sorting the yarn:
- Being able to find a specific yarn when I need it.
- Being able to see how many yards I have of each yarn so that when I need to find yarn for a project, I can easily see which yarns will work for the project.
Again, any better suggestions would be greatly appreciated.