Saturday, June 25, 2016

That Feeling When...

  If you're on any kind of social media, then chances are you've seen a "that feeling when" meme. Over the past few days, I've had a lot of "that feeling when" yarn-y moments. I'm willing to bet that a few of you have been in my shoes, so I thought I'd complain about share what's going on.

crochet, yarn stash

That feeling when someone is willing to pay the price for a handmade item...
I was as content as this little elephant seems to be.

That feeling when you find out the yarn company is running a site-wide sale, so you can get the yarn for less...

That feeling when you find out the color you need is out of stock...

That feeling when you search other sites to find out they don't carry that color...
That would just be a photo of a one-finger salute, so let's not go with a picture there.

That feeling when you remember you should have some of that color/brand in your yarn stash...
That feeling when you open the containers...
Oh, no.
yarn stash

  There's more to it than just what you see there. And now, I'm over the feelings. It's time for a lot of sorting, untangling, and winding. I swear The Troll gets in there and messes it all up when I'm sleeping. I just did this a few months ago, and I've only been in that bin twice since organizing it! 

  On the other hand, the second bin is still nice and neat. But like that weird way a bowl of spaghetti seems to grow as you eat it... I can't make a dent in that container, despite using 15 - 20 skeins on Mom's Afghan.

  Although I never found the yarn I needed in my stash, I did start to get everything organized again. The Troll should have fun tonight. I have a new feeling that what I'm looking for is in one of my other boxes of WIP's. I'm not going there. 

  Believe it or not, that WIP bin is organized, by category: Works in progress that are actually in progress are in separate bags, stacked in order by "less work to finish" first. Unfinished objects that require ripping out are stuffed in by random order, and then there's a pillow form that's for a WIP, so it counts as organized.

  There is a lesson to be learned, but I'm not sure if I'll ever pass the test... Take the time to keep things in order, and organize as you go. I can blame it on The Troll, but I'm probably the real culprit. Keeping my yarn stash in these plastic totes is a great way to keep it safe from cats and dust, but you can see that an extra filing system is needed here. The bin with the yarn organized by color and kept separated with bags stays organized. But the random "throw it in a box" method isn't working for the rest of the stash.

How do you keep your yarn and WIP's organized? Or is your stash a mess like mine? 

If you're a Stash Slob like me, let's make a goal to do something about it. Yarn is our friend, right? Let's treat it better! I'm going to take just one hour a week and dedicate it to untangling, winding, or ripping out (which leads to more winding). Don't have an hour? How about ten minutes? C'mon! Being able to get to your yarn faster will lead to more

Happy Crocheting!  


  1. Hello Jenny,
    don't worry - I wouldn't pass the test either. Part of my stash is organized (as you can read here: but my WIP certainly aren't. They are in bags and baskets on shelves and on any amount of space available all around the studio. And I've got quite a few "throw it in a box" boxes (shipping cartons turned out to be pretty handy and they're not so expensive).
    Unfortunately I cannot do much about it right now. My eldest still camps in the studio (ever since the flooding of his basement apartment) and we're definitely short of space!
    Don't give up hope - do some crochet instead! ;)

    1. Haha, Marjan, I missed that post about your stash! At least yours looks prettier in its containers. Crocheting more would use some of it up, but I'd just fill my stash with more yarn. It's an addiction I don't mind having, but it sure does take up a lot of space :)

      You are excused from my call to organize, since that plight is out of your control. You have enough work putting your place back to rights!

  2. You already know I'm on a mission to get my WIP's under-control, and if your on FB you're welcome to join my brand new little group dedicated to finishing stuff I've spent a huge amount of time winding yarn, but I've pretty much decided now that it's not worth the effort. How I keep tangles from happening these days is by keeping things separate with zip locks bags before stuff gets tossed into the yarn stash. I keep a packet of large-ish zip-lock bags at my crochet 'workstation' (the couch) and the WIP goes into one and extra balls go into others. Next mission will be to use up as much miscellaneous yarn as possible.

    1. Hmm... Joining a group might motivate me even more, so I think I'll go check that out. Thanks!

      Ziplock bags are a great idea, and so much cheaper than what I'm using. I keep waiting to find more of those space saving bags on sale, but I haven't had any luck. It needs to go in something, because this isn't working!

  3. I usually don't keep a lot of yarns. I have a basket with them and that's all !
    Have a nice week !

    1. That's the smart way to keep it under control, Anna! I give in to my yarn addiction too often, and now I'm buried in the results.

      Hope you have a wonderful week, too!

  4. I always try to keep my craft closet as organized as possible, but life gets in the way and I need to grab stuff quick or leave it there quick and don't have time to always keep it that way. so yeah, I wouldn't pass that test, lol, but it is sure helpful. That feeling when...moments sure get to me as well!

    1. I try to keep things organized, it just never seems to work. At least other crafty people understand! Thanks for stopping by, Katrin!

  5. I love how neat and organized your yarn looks in the bins!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.

    1. Ha, we'll see how long it stays organized this time... Thanks for stopping by, Julie! I had a fun time at the party this week!

  6. So organized! :) That's better than most of us! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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