It wasn’t meant to be a big job; just assembling two small bookcases and shifting some of the books to create more space for my yarn.. because I am, as probably many of you are, a”yarn collector”!
Some will say a “yarn hoarder,” but I don’t like the negative connotation which comes with the term hoarder.
I love all the all aspects of yarn; I like the feeling of it, the texture if it is a hand dyed skein, I love the story behind it and the origin of the fiber. I dabbed into spinning and hand dyeing too but again there are so many talented artisans out there that make a much better job than I do, as both dyeing and spinning require a great degree of skills.
My yarns are like color pencils, and that is why I love them displayed and divided by hue, fiber content, and yarn weight( 4ply,DK,chunky).
You probably have spotted I have a lot of STYLECRAFT’s yarn because it is what I use mainly for my blankets.
I try to stock at least one ball for each color in the main ranges I use which are: SPECIAL DK, ALPACA TWEED DK,BATIK, LIFE DK and CLASSIQUE COTTON DK. There is a gap in the library because all this ‘one blanket for each month’ makes the yarn flying out of the shelves so quickly! If I might make a suggestion, you love making blanket , you do not have a stockist near you , or, you are like me, and you get overwhelmed when visiting a yarn shop, the best way about it is to choose a brand and a weight. Then invest in one ball for each color of the range you selected as it makes the process to choose the colors for projects much easier, it streamlines your stash too. And if you have some space where to display it is a total bonus!
When come to storing or displaying yarn I am always on the lookout for the easy and inexpensive way to do it, and I might have a couple of tips to pass on…
My studio furniture is a mix of IKEA and some old vintage pieces.
IKEA is cheap and does the job very well. My sofa is from Ikea, has a washable cover ( very useful for the cat, and the tea and cakes crumble…) the bookcases are all Billy
http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/search/?k=billy the big one is several years old, and I have been adding modules as I need them.
The shelving is IKEA too and so are most of the storage boxes.
My overflow of yarn is on top of the bookcases in boxes those are DRONA boxes, http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/small-storage-organisers/storage-boxes-baskets/dr%C3%B6na-box-beige-art-70298813/ the retail price is £2.50 and they come in a variety of colors. I love them because they are really cheap but well done, made of fabric they are strong enough to hold the yarn and be positioned on their side. For extra strength and stability, I used some velcro tape so to join all the boxes together.
For the cotton yarn, have used MOPPE http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/small-storage-organisers/paper-media-organisers/moppe-mini-chest-of-drawers-birch-plywood-art-40216357/
The extra vantage is that the drawers do not have a handle, so I use the frame without the drawers as a mini bookcase, then the drawers too can be filled with more yarn and positioned on their side. Doing, so I double the amount of yarn I can store and display, and I can combine the different size drawers together. the plus side is that plywood is a natural product (yarn doesn’t like plastic…)
So you can keep an eye on what you have available, no more rummaging in bags stashed all over the place and I might be bias, but I think they look pretty too!
have a lovely day, thank you for reading,