The Stash Storage Dilemma!

We all experience it. We all try to find workable solutions for it. We all pull our hair out trying to solve it. Yes, it’s the stash storage dilemma! How to store your ever-growing stash in such a way so you can find what you want, when you want.

My dilemma has just doubled as I have now spread my stash over two spare rooms in order to be able to seek and locate everything I own!! So, if you’re a friend of mine and you wish to bunk down at my place one night, you’re going to have to bring your own fold-up bed! And be prepared to sleep in the lounge room so you’re not classed as a ‘missing person’ the next day because my stash has devoured you ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some photos I’ve taken to show you. Stash room # 1. This is the top of the single bed. Each bag/container has a different ply yarn stored in it and the plastic bag contains a beautiful alpaca fleece.

Stash Room 01

This is the floor – full of fold-up laundry containers with different types of wool.

Stash Room 02

Plus plastic storage boxes on top of two bookcases. The plastic is great to see what yarn is contained within each box.

Stash Room 03

Bookcase shelves filled to the brim!

Stash Room 04

Alpaca fleece in the pillow slips and boxes of zip lock bags ready for more yarn! Plus more knitting paraphernalia in the drawers including zip lock bags that contain all my longer circular needles.

Stash Room 05

The three cardboard boxes are filled with sock yarn and a bag filled with Cleckheaton yarn. Some wool tops in the pink bag. And a vacant space so you can actually walk into the room!!

Stash Room 06

My project bags hanging on a coat/hat stand.

Stash Room 07

And hiding behind are four plastic storage boxes filled with my small stash of acrylic.

Stash Room 08

Stash room # 2 – I have recently sold and/or donated hundreds of my books to make room for my stash. A couple of empty plastic boxes just waiting to be used!

Stash Room 09

Notebooks, orange folders containing patterns, straight needles in the yellow box, dpns and small circular needles in the two small plastic boxes, knitting books, orange project baskets and knitting/spinning magazines.

Stash Room 10

More patterns in the orange folders,knitting books and knitting/spinning magazines.

Stash Room 11

Patterns waiting to be housed in their orange folders. The 2013 Knitting calendar with lots of useful patterns in it. My son gave me the 2015 for Christmas so I have lots more patterns to look forward to!

Stash Room 12

Lots of baby yarn stored in this room.

Stash Room 13

More baby yarn…Bella Baby Superwash 4ply merino and only $1.50 a ball!! As you can see I bought heaps at that price.

Stash Room 14

More baby yarn. Can you tell I’d love to be a Grandma!!

Stash Room 15

Love my stash of Cascade Superwash 220 and Lana Gatto Super Soft.

Stash Room 16

And inside the wardrobe are just some of the scarves, shawls and cowls I’ve made over the last couple of years. I must find a better way to store them so I know what I have.

Stash Room 17

Any stash storage suggestions would be very gratefully received. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to hear how you store your stash as I’m always after better and more efficient ways to store mine so I can find my yarn when I need it.

To finish, I’d like to show you my latest yarn acquisition from Zen Yarn Garden via Yarn Glorious Yarn in Brisbane of course.

This is the twelfth offering in the new ART WALK Series and features a painting by Claude Monet entitled “Study of Olive Trees”. Inspired by Monet, Zen Yarn Garden’s dyer has successfully captured some of the emotion and colour in Monet’s masterpiece.

Zen Yarn Garden Mone Olive 05

Claude Monet (1840 – 1925), the founder of Impressionism, was one of the most influential landscape painters in the history of art. Born in Paris, Monet met fellow Impressionists Renoir, Sisley and Bazille while enrolled in the studio of Glenyre. Monet painted outdoors to convey the fleeting effects of atmosphere, time of day, and season upon color and light. He represented natural color like a prism, breaking it down into its individual components. He often painted a series of the exact same view under different light and weather conditions.ย [quoted from Art.com]

Zen Yarn Garden Mone Olive pic

I bought two skeins of this Serenity 20 which is aย 70% superwash merino / 20% cashmere / 10% nylon. Each skein containsย 400 yds / 100g ย and is a fingering / 4ply yarn.

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas break and managed to sneak in lots of knitting too!

Yesterday, I started this lovely scarf which uses lots of small scraps of my my 4ply yarn.

Leftie Scarf 02

I can’t wait to show you the finished scarf. It’s looking fabulous.

Until next time…

Melanie

 

 

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16 thoughts on “The Stash Storage Dilemma!

  1. I’m so pleased to see your photos – thought mine was a lot!!! I moved house recently and this gave me more space to expand into. I kidderminster myself that everything I had would just be better organised and in the one room, but didn’t allow for the fact that I’d moved closer to a brilliant yarn source, and that I’d join a spinning group!!! (so in addition to all the knitting and crochet paraphernalia, I now have 2 spinning wheels, 2 fleeces and a nice pile of pre prepared top! Good job the new spare room is a reasonable size! I have a blanket box with trays in it – reserved for all my lace and cobweb skeins. The built in wardrobe is crammed – started off well with plastic boxes but things have sort of got packed around it! I use linen baskets too. One is full of cotton yarn and the other full of an aran project a friend of mine got fed up with – there’s loads of it! Another I have is full of all my sewing things, and cross stitch and tapestry gubbins – did I not mention that before! My bookcase is full, and like you I have a load of patterns waiting to be filed. One weekend after I moved, I decided a little organising was in order. I bought an a4 size plain book, and went through heading sections: cobweb, lace, 4 ply, sport, dk……..you see where I’m going?! I then sat with pen, scales and stapler in hand cataloguing my stash – snipping at yarn ends and stapling them against their description. Yarns that I’d earmarked for specific projects went into project bags and got labelled in my book as ‘kits’. It took ages. However, by the end of it I’d had a lovely weekend saying hello to some forgotten treasures, was filled with inspiration and can now tell you (relatively) quickly whether I’ve got enough 4ply for that specific project…………..although finding it will take me a little longer (cos I’ll probably get distracted on the way!!!!!).

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    • Hi Sara, love your comment! And I love the idea of cataloguing all your yarns. It’s a great idea. Usually, when I buy yarn and I know straight away what I’m going to knit, I slip the pattern into the zip lock bag with the yarn before sealing it so at Least I have one project prepared and ready to go. I have 12 spinning wheels and lots of fleece and rovings too. And crochet is my other vice so at least I’m not side tracked with sewing fabrics.

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  2. I’m hearing you Mel, not easy storing so much but at least you have the rooms. I can tell you that Super AMart have $30 bookshelves at the moment.

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    • Thanks Helen. Maybe I need to be looking inside the wardrobes for more room but they’re filled with clothes and jigsaw puzzles put away for retirement although at this rate I won’t have time to complete them!

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  3. Oh my!!!!!! I think that says it all!!! LOL
    Mel, you are a lot of fun and I really wish we were in the same knitting group. I was about to go on a yarn diet (for three loooong months) but now I think I can wait. I know I have too much but my stash is contained in 10 measly storage bins. I adore your last acquisition of the Zen Art Walk, it’s mesmerizing! And I love that you’re making a true Leftie. I have made two and love them! Hope 2015 is also a fun and yarny year for you. Hugs, Viv

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    • Hi Viv, I’ve purchased two skeins in each of the Art Walk Series offerings and now I’m obsessed about completing the series. I have no idea when the end will be though! I’m lucky because a yarn store in Brisbane always stocks these series and I don’t get charged postage so it’s a bargain isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚ And you guessed it, I’m knitting a Leftie. I love this pattern and can’t wait to show the end result in a future blog post. Cheers, Melanie

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  4. Mel
    You outdid me and I thought no one could! LOL I have two huge walk in closets full of plastic bins of yarn-and so many projects I want one day to do but each time I finish a project I see another one I want to start and of course I just have no yarn suitable for that project-so off to buy more! LOL Just think-maybe one day the stores will all sell out and there will be no more wool-we will still be knitting.:)
    Susan

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    • Hi Susan, wanting to knit different projects is just an ongoing issue isn’t it? I’m always printing off patterns with a view to making them and, like my stash, I’ll never get through all those patterns in my lifetime!

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  5. You could go upwards and add one BIG room? Or maybe finish work and get all your friends together and open a Knit Natter coffee shop!!! What a life sitting on the job!!! Knitting and nattering , heaven for you Mel. Then your homes would be free for other friends to stay and you could share all that beautiful work you have done๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    • Fran when I win Gold Lotto my aim is to open a yarn store where you can sit down and knit and drink coffee. No doubt I will still have a large yarn stash in my home though! I think maybe a bigger house would also be on the cards.

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  6. Wow Mel, I can only aspire ๐Ÿ˜„ my stash is only half of one room! I found some great storage ideas at IKEA especially the long hanging storage drawers and also storage hangers in the kids section. Love your work…

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