Things I’ve Learned by Inventorying


  1. My pets are adorable and super supportive :)! I love this picture because it totally shows their personalities. The doggie needs to know that I love him, and the cat is too cool for school.
  2. I should do this (inventorying) as I buy yarn. Sometimes I didn’t keep labels (if they didn’t have a pattern). So, I’m missing some information.
  3. I also need to organize those labels with patterns somehow…a ziplock bag, a shallow storage container, a binder….ideas, ideas.
  4. 100% acrylic yarn can be range from super soft (Caron Simply Soft) or super scratchy (Red Heart Super Saver). I’m a feeler, so I love the soft feels. I just got some Daffodil Super Saver with Love that is really soft.
  5. Sometimes I paid too much for yarn. Example: I bought 3 oz of a Red Heart Classic for $9.02 ($3/oz). It’s now on sale for $6.75 ($2/oz). Both prices seem expensive to me.
  6. Sometimes I got a really good deal. I bought 6 oz of a Caron Simply Soft for $2.70 on Amazon ($0.42/oz). It retails regularly at $4.49 at JoAnn’s ($0.75/oz).
  7. Most of my yarn was made in either the USA or Turkey. That might be because of the brands I bought.
  8. I bought homespun yarn from Amazon that I could have bought cheaper directly from the seller, Bloomingdale Farm.  Note to self: research regional farms, support local businesses and farms.
  9. Some yarn skeins that weigh 3 oz have only 145 yards and others that weigh 3 oz have 250 yards. So, I need to pay attention to yardage for certain projects.
  10.  My top three brands that I’ve purchased are Red Hearts, Lion Brand, and I Love This Yarn. Are they the best? I don’t know. I feel like I get loyal to brands and then forget to take risks.
  11. I have ONLY purchased from Hobby Lobby or Amazon so far. I’ve been putting yarn in my cart at, just haven’t pulled the trigger.
  12. I have 49 full or mostly full skeins! And a couple more on the way! Wow! That might not seem like much to you veterans, but I’ve only been doing this for 5 months. P.S. It only took me a couple hours to inventory all that yarn in that huge spreadsheet I made. I haven’t put it in Ravelry yet, but that’s not that bad.
  13.  BONUS FOR EVERYONE: JoAnn’s seems to be having a yarn sale! I was researching a color for a skein with a missing label, and I found this! 25% off Lion Brand yarn. Also, I saw Bernat, Sugar ‘N Cream, Caron, and more on sale. So…I might stop by JoAnn’s tomorrow. It is right by my real estate office, and I need to drop off a check :).


2 thoughts on “Things I’ve Learned by Inventorying

  1. Your dog is the cutest thing!! Your cat seems very cute too, but your dog! <3 I use mostly Red Heart – it's a great value, a LOT of colors to choose from, and I have found that the tactile element varies a lot with the Super Saver line, some skeins will be very soft feeling and others a little scratchy. The best thing about acrylic yarn is machine wash/dry, very durable plus every time you wash it, it seems to get softer and softer. Caron – I love the shine on Simply Soft but it does tend to be splitty sometimes. Another plus on the Caron brand is the Caron Cakes, I love the colors but it's tricky to find patterns to use it on. Lion Brand is another that I use a lot – I love their bulky yarns. Loops and Threads is another good brand with a lot of different textures, weights and colors. I usually go with what I can get the most yarn for my budget. I seldom buy yarn online because I like to see it and touch it, plus I like to see it next to a lot of other colors. Looking at different colored skeins side by side helps to inspire me for project ideas. The yarns that I see all of my UK friends using looks lovely, but I'm not familiar with a lot of their brands.
    I never take the labels off of my yarn – especially when dye lots are involved. I work directly from the skein so the label helps to keep it from unraveling too much as it gets smaller. Thanks for the heads up on Joann's yarn sale – I need to check that out!! 😀

    • Thanks! The dog is a really interesting story; someone was going to put him down (at least that’s what he said)-unbelievable! I agree on the Super Saver and Caron Simply Soft (I thought that was just me!). I’ll have to check out Loops and Threads. And I completely agree it’s better to buy in person.

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