As noted in the previous organization post, I have one big major division: Â yarns for designing vs yarns for personal use. Â There’s a bit of overlap when it comes to Shetland yarns — I have a lot in my personal stash but do consider those as both personal and designing. Â For this post, I’ll address just design yarn.
Most of my design yarn is for specific projects. Â I’m totally thrilled to be given yarn out of the blue — who wouldn’t be! — but I feel very strongly that if I’m given yarn by a yarn company, it’s for professional use only. Â If I can’t use it in a design, or at the very least for swatching, I’ll use it for giveaways or similar things that will promote the company.
I like having my designÂ yarn visible and accessible. Â For the longest time I had it in a large basket at the base of the sectional sofa. Â I also had some in a leather tote next to the basket. Â Then, as I acquired more, some went into the tall bookcase, along with personal yarn.
I wasn’t really happy with this: Â yarn in three (at least) different places, mingling of design & personal yarn, and yarn not really accessible without dumping out the tote or basket. Â Plus, the basket and tote contents were vulnerable to the cats, Rigel, and the occasional wine spill (WineAway is a great product, by the way, and works on yak yarn (sorry, Carl!)).
So, I’d been on the lookout for a solution.
Just a few weeks ago, on a walk on the Strand with Dave and Rigel, I noticed a garage sale sign that also said — oh thrills! — ANTIQUES. Â We stopped in on our way back, after turning around at the Pier.
And I found this (well, here it is in my dining room):
Isn’t that the neatest piece? Â It’s oak with oak veneer, and poplar dove-tailed drawers. Â It has rolling fronts, like a rolltop desk, but the center one doesn’t really work so well. We estimate it’sÂ from the 19-teens.
We spent about 3 hours removing the bottom panel (damaged), sanding the edges, and cleaning it (including each of the 27 drawers). Â It’d been kept in the owner’s very clean, cement-floored, totally finished garage, but nearly 100 yrs of existence means a build up of dirt and grime. Â I still need to take some denatured alcohol to it, but as you can see, it’s now in use.
I keep my needle cases and miscellaneous supplies in the upper left three drawers, and beads in the lower left and lower center drawers, but all the rest is design yarn. Â I’ve grouped the yarn for the next book in some of the center drawers.
I love it. I can see bits of color and yarn, which makes me happy. Â It’s easy to glance & see what’s where. Â The shallow drawers mean that the yarn is layered only 1 skein deep, so if I open a drawer, I can see it all without digging.
The scale of the case fits our dining room better than the bookcase I had there before (that bookcase is now in our bedroom), so that’s a happy bonus.
Next post: Â Personal yarn!
Here are all the posts in the series:
Project Organization: Â Introduction
Project Organization: Â Overview
Project Organization: Â The Stash (Design Yarn)
Project Organization: The Stash (PersonalYarn)
Project Organization: Â Knitting Books
Project Organization: Â Knitting Tools
Project Organization: Â The Business of Knitting