What To Do With All That Stash?

Do any of you take an inventory of your yarn or fiber stash? I’ve made a half-heart attempt on a few occasions but never really seemed to finish after becoming overwhelmed at the shear mass of my stash! I have no doubt that there are plenty of people who have much more in the way of yarn and fiber than I do and who manage to go through it in fairly short order. My aim is to get through all of the commercial yarns and focus on creating and using hand-spun in place of commercial yarn.

I’m back in the groove of wanting to finish existing knitting projects having just finished the cotton hand towel that I started a year ago. As I wade through the WIP and UFOs in my stash I am looking at specific yarns and trying to decide on future projects for those yarns. And make notes! I have a lousy memory if I don’t write things down. One of the best ways to keep track is what I am doing right now, i.e. blogging! It’s so easy to go back and look over past posts and remind myself what I had planned but it would be even better to start a future project page using my One Note program on the laptop.

I’ve made project pages, sort of, for a few knitting projects using One Note as I cast on, noting yarn, gauge, pattern and so forth. I could easily take some photos of yarn and pick patterns and start future project pages with One Note. I could also start a photo inventory of all my yarn and fiber.

I’ve got a good place to work and a tripod for the camera. I could lower the small work table in my studio to make it easier to photograph yarn and fiber or I could move the skein winder and swift from the other table and use that instead.

This table is adjustable and can be lowered. There is plenty of good light in this room. All those bags and bins of yarn and fiber need to be inventoried and photographed so I remember what I have to work with before I think about ordering more.

This table could be cleared to use for taking photos with the camera on the tripod and leave the other table adjusted the way it is now.

There is plenty to do and I could manage some deep cleaning as well. It’s time to take stuff off the wire shelves and give them a good wipe down and I’m sure the dust bunnies are breeding under the shelving units, tables and loom. As usual I have no excuse to be bored.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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