Yesterday, I was experimenting with making a lime slice coaster, and I realized the gorgeous green in my hand was sport weight, not worsted. I doubled it and tried to make it work, but I was just too picky to keep it. Besides, I probably bought that gorgeous green for something else right? I would hope so, but at this point my beginning yarn bin (which will soon become my “working yarn bin”) is overflowing, and I should probably start organizing before Wednesday when more yarn arrives from my friend Amazon. 🙂
Some skeins in my lovely yarn bin are clearly for a project. The extra long blanket has quite a few skeins designated for it. The hot pink, bright white, and medium green were all for some Easter projects that I didn’t do (maybe next year, or…more watermelon coasters).
Most of my yarn stash overflowing the original bin!
There are a few skeins that I know I bought when I started out and just liked them. Now, well now, I have skeins that I can’t remember why I bought them…this is a problem! Don’t get me wrong, I like having skeins on hand to try out a pattern for fun, but I need to get organized tout suite!
So I started looking at ways to organize my yarn stash. This blog “31 Days to Get Organized: Tracking Your Yarn Stash” by the Webs Yarn Store pretty much summed up all my research except I also found this really amazing binder by Look at What I Made. This binder is so cool! I know myself though, and I can’t see myself keeping this up. But this might work for some of you detail-oriented types. Even though this binder isn’t for me- it inspired an idea. I have a large ring clip that I used for task cards at school and I might tie yarn samples to it in color order-maybe even tag them…I will definitely post this if I get it done.
Of course, some people like to hand-write everything down, and there are a plethora of free printables out there. I like this one by Amanda Saladin. It’s simple and covers about everything that I would want. But if you know me…. I have a tendency to stack papers and stack papers for a few months before I organize them. Even keeping a binder of paper could be cumbersome. I need things that are easily accessible now. I need mobile and convenient things. Even my grocery list is on an app that I can access from multiple sources.
So the way I see it, I have two options: a mobile app or a Google Sheet.
I’ve done a little research, and a lot of people on message boards and in blog comments mentioned Ravelry. I like using Ravelry to look up patterns, and I just realized I could record my “stash” there. And I found an app called Stash2Go that is linked to all of your Ravelry information. I downloaded the app so you can see some screen shots of what it looks like. I think there are more apps that are tied to Ravelry too like Ravulous and Knitwits and maybe more. For me Stash2Go was free and had decent reviews, so I am going to try it out.
I’m also going to try using a Google Sheet I created and named Yarn Stash. I used advice from the “31 Ways…” blog linked above, the back of a yarn label, and my own preferences to make it. I have attached it here if you want to make yourself a copy (I screen shot from my phone so you can see my categories).
So, yes I am trying both methods. You might be wondering why I would want to do double the work. I don’t know if the Ravelry or Stash2Go app keep all the information that I want. But then, I don’t know if I need all the information that I put in the Yarn Stash Google Sheet. So I will try them out and keep you updated!
How do you guys organize and track your yarn or other craft stashes? Any advice?