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deann
07-14-2012, 11:24 PM
Hello,

How do you store your knitting yarn until you need it? Is there a special way/place? Does it depend on the type of yarn (cotton/acrylic, etc). Of course I will eventually use it, but just asking!!

Thank you

suzeeq
07-14-2012, 11:27 PM
I keep mine in plastic bags in plastic totes. Many many totes. And in boxes and more boxes...

deann
07-14-2012, 11:32 PM
I keep mine in plastic bags in plastic totes. Many many totes. And in boxes and more boxes...

LOL....so just like mine, although you probably have much more!! I have mine in plastic inside a box. Thanks so much for the info.

Jan in CA
07-14-2012, 11:57 PM
I have a solid and glassed front cabinet that I keep acrylic and cotton in. My wool is in one of those giant Ziplocs. Well, that's most of it... I have a bunch in the LYS bags sitting on my sewing machine in the closet. If you don't look in there it's all nice and neat. :roflhard:

crazykntter83
07-15-2012, 12:19 AM
I have mine in about a billion boxes. Most of my stuff is just acrylic, so I don't really bother with storing it too special.

deann
07-15-2012, 01:22 AM
I keep mine in plastic bags in plastic totes. Many many totes. And in boxes and more boxes...

I have a solid and glassed front cabinet that I keep acrylic and cotton in. My wool is in one of those giant Ziplocs. Well, that's most of it... I have a bunch in the LYS bags sitting on my sewing machine in the closet. If you don't look in there it's all nice and neat. :roflhard:

LOL....too funny

ArtLady1981
07-16-2012, 01:11 AM
Zippered plastic (acrylic?) project bags.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3612/3357003774_77cb861cf0_z.jpg

Jan in CA
07-16-2012, 01:15 AM
I don't have that much room, but if you do Dollyce's method is awesome! You can actually see your stash! :thumbsup:

knitcindy
07-16-2012, 07:03 AM
Mine's all stored in the basement in plastic bags inside plastic bins. There's also some of those plastic drawer things and a few cardboard boxes.

knitcindy

justplaincharlotte
07-16-2012, 07:25 PM
My wool is in giant ziplocs with the air squeezed out, in labeled cardboard boxes. My acrylic is loose in sealed giant plastic bins. Makes it all a bit hard to fondle, but it works for me... ;)

justplaincharlotte
07-16-2012, 07:27 PM
Ooooh, Art Lady, I like, I like it a lot! :inlove:
Wish I had room for that...

Antares
07-17-2012, 10:20 AM
Most of my yarn is stored in several of those hanging shoe/sweater containers (like this: http://www.containerstore.com/reviews/closet/hangingBags/naturalMaterials?productId=10005136) and is hung in a closet. This makes for easy accessibility--but it also allows the hubby to gauge exactly how much yarn I have (uh oh).

If you decide to go this route, there are expensive containers out there that are specifically made to hold yarn. However, why you need a specialty one is beyond me. The sweater (and shoe) containers work perfectly and can be found for very cheap! In fact, I "came up" with this storage idea long before I saw the expensive yarn-specific ones. (But you know how marketing people are: they try to sell you, say, a specialty quesadilla maker when a skillet works perfectly fine!)

My "other" yarn is stashed in plastic bags, paper sacks, and totes and is probably knitted or crocheted into UFOs.

suzeeq
07-17-2012, 10:31 AM
Oh yes, I have lots of it stored 'on the needles' too, and they're stuffed into the plastic bags and totes along with the unworked yarn.

sakura-panda
07-18-2012, 02:32 PM
Zippered plastic (acrylic?) project bags.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3612/3357003774_77cb861cf0_z.jpg


I have bags similar to these, but much, *much* smaller because mine are all packaging from curtains and bedsheets. :teehee:

ArtLady1981
07-18-2012, 08:22 PM
I have bags similar to these, but much, *much* smaller because mine are all packaging from curtains and bedsheets. :teehee:

I purchased 2 sizes. The smallest size holds 10-12 skeins/balls/hanks of dk yarn. The medium size would hold 20-25 dk yarn. More or less for fingering or worsted or bulky yarns, of course.

I originally purchased two of the small size at my LYS, but the cost of about $4 each prohibited the purchase of more bags.

But one day, as I was looking around in their Accessories tab at WoodlandWoolworks.com (they are no longer in business) I spotted the very same "project bag" for $1.25. HOLY HANDBAGS! They also carried med and lrg sizes. So I also purchased the med size. I'm a sweater knitter, so these bags keep a "sweater's worth" of yarn fresh and safe from dust and bugs until I get around to knitting the garment!

knitcindy
07-19-2012, 08:05 AM
I purchased 2 sizes. The smallest size holds 10-12 skeins/balls/hanks of dk yarn. The medium size would hold 20-25 dk yarn. More or less for fingering or worsted or bulky yarns, of course.

I originally purchased two of the small size at my LYS, but the cost of about $4 each prohibited the purchase of more bags.

But one day, as I was looking around in their Accessories tab at WoodlandWoolworks.com (they are no longer in business) I spotted the very same "project bag" for $1.25. HOLY HANDBAGS! They also carried med and lrg sizes. So I also purchased the med size. I'm a sweater knitter, so these bags keep a "sweater's worth" of yarn fresh and safe from dust and bugs until I get around to knitting the garment!
Artlady,

Where can I buy those zipper bags?? I know that quilts/blankets and sheet sets are sold in them, but I just want the bags. Any ideas on what I would call them to do a search on google??

THANKS, knitcindy

ArtLady1981
07-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Artlady, Where can I buy those zipper bags?? I know that quilts/blankets and sheet sets are sold in them, but I just want the bags. Any ideas on what I would call them to do a search on google?

I've been surfing around on the web, looking for them...but so far haven't found them in my yarn bag sizes. There is a company called ULine.com...I've purchased these same zipped vinyl bags from them in larger sizes. The bags I got from them hold a sweater, with room to spare...or a sweater coat. The smallest zipped vinyl bag ULine carries is 15 x 18 x 3". Click here. (http://www.uline.com/BL_5576/Zipper-Vinyl-Bags?keywords=zippered%20bags)

The two sizes I purchased from WoodlandWoolworks are:

11 x 9 x 3" (with 14 balls Berroco Pure Merino,worsted wt)
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8024/7604828454_423f6bfe89_m.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5098/5495797858_0fe2d555bd_m.jpg

15 x 12 x 4" (with 22 balls Plymouth Tweed, aran wt)
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8143/7604825020_06988a4745_n.jpg

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4058/4439375978_e6e44ec181_m.jpg

So keep surfing the web...type clear zippered vinyl bags into Google Search. I hope you find them. I'll keep looking, too. It sorta bugs me that my size bags have seemingly disappeared when WoodlandWoolworks (http://www.woodlandwoolworks.com/) went out of business. BTW, I went to their website to see if they were still offering anything, and they do have a page filled with referring links. So try that, too.

Edited to add: I messaged the Elkins at yarn.com (WEBS) and inquired about the bags. Will let you know what WEBS says.

Jan in CA
07-19-2012, 03:23 PM
You got me curious so I had to search, too. :teehee: Dollyce, you'll have to weigh in here as whether these are similar or would work.

These have a tightly meshed end for breathablity.
http://www.grandriveryarns.com/acc-stash-bag.htm

Not meshed
http://www.premieryarns.com/product/Afghan+Storage+Bag+ExtraLarge+14+x+6+x+24+36+x+165 +x+61cm+1.aspx

ArtLady1981
07-19-2012, 04:08 PM
You got me curious so I had to search, too. :teehee: Dollyce, you'll have to weigh in here as whether these are similar or would work.

These have a tightly meshed end for breathablity.
http://www.grandriveryarns.com/acc-stash-bag.htm

Not meshed
http://www.premieryarns.com/product/Afghan+Storage+Bag+ExtraLarge+14+x+6+x+24+36+x+165 +x+61cm+1.aspx

The 'tightly meshed' bags are waaayyyy too big, IMO.

The 'not meshed' bags...one of them is about the same size as my medium-sized bag
(15 x 12 x 4": 720 cubic inches) $2.75

Here's a photo of the 'not meshed' medium-sized bag that you found:

(14 x 6.5 x 9": 819 cubic inches) $3.99

http://www.herrschners.com/500_img/630035.jpg
I kinda like the handle on top!

ArtLady1981
07-19-2012, 04:14 PM
Another idea I had: visit all the yarn websites you can think of...and click onto their Accessories tab,
or Storage, or Tools. Those tabs are where they'd put the vinyl zipped bags for sale.

ArtLady1981
07-19-2012, 04:34 PM
Oh yay!!! I found a website that sells my bags, in assorted sizes!

The Box Depot (http://www.theboxdepot.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?search=action&keywords=vinylzipper&template=Templates/vinylzipper.html)

http://www.theboxdepot.com/images/regular%20vinyl%20bags.jpg

Clear Vinyl Bags(Pouches)(Zipper Bags)
3.2 Gauge with clear sewn seams, white nylon zipper around top

Sizes:
9" x 12" x 2"
9" x 12' x 3"
9" x 12" x 4"
9" x 11" x 1"
9-1/2" x 11-1/2" x 1-1/4"
9-1/2" x 11-1/2" x 2''
9-1/2" x 11-1/2" x 3"
9-1/2" x 11-1/2" x 4"
11-1/4" x 8-1/2" x 1-1/2"
11-1/4" x 8-1/2" x 2"
11-1/4" x 8-1/2" x 3"
11-1/4" x 8-1/2" x 4"

And larger sizes with the 15" dimension on one side. Check the website.

They seem to be sold in sets only. (set of 10....$5-$7)
Not sure about the strength of 3.2 Gauge vinyl. But we're not using these bags to hold a dozen croquet balls!

I wouldn't purchase a bag that is less than 3-4" in fatness.
So the sizes above that are bolded are the sizes that I'd buy.

Anyway, I can't get over the cheap price!

knitcindy
07-19-2012, 07:22 PM
While those are great for extra yarn, I'm looking for ones big enough to hold comforters!!! The one I've got measures about

15" x 20" x 10"

and it help a twin size comforter. I've been storing my finished lap blankets in it. Any ideas on where to buy these EXTRA big ones??

Thanks (again),
knitcindy

Jan in CA
07-19-2012, 07:31 PM
In that case a super large ziplock would work, too.

ArtLady1981
07-19-2012, 08:14 PM
While those are great for extra yarn, I'm looking for ones big enough to hold comforters!!! The one I've got measures about

15" x 20" x 10"

and it help a twin size comforter. I've been storing my finished lap blankets in it. Any ideas on where to buy these EXTRA big ones??

Thanks (again),
knitcindy

Jan shared a link on page 2 of this thread, and it also has super-sized vinyl zippered bags:

http://www.grandriveryarns.com/acc-stash-bag.htm

How's 24 x 27 x 8" for BIG? :thumbsup:

deann
07-19-2012, 11:09 PM
Zippered plastic (acrylic?) project bags.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3612/3357003774_77cb861cf0_z.jpg

WOW...I need to come and shop at your house!!!

ArtLady1981
07-19-2012, 11:37 PM
WOW...I need to come and shop at your house!!!


In a way, you can! I have 57 yarn offerings in my Willing to Sell stash folder over at Ravelry! :wink:

http://www.ravelry.com/people/artlady/stash/trade

sakura-panda
07-20-2012, 09:37 AM
While those are great for extra yarn, I'm looking for ones big enough to hold comforters!!! The one I've got measures about

15" x 20" x 10"

and it help a twin size comforter. I've been storing my finished lap blankets in it. Any ideas on where to buy these EXTRA big ones??

Thanks (again),
knitcindy

In that case a super large ziplock would work, too.


I use the Ziploc Flexible Totes (http://www.ziploc.com/Products/Pages/FlexibleTotes.aspx) to store my outgrown kids' clothes (I have boys 6 years apart so I save all my oldest's clothes "just in case") -- it has mesh across the top and if that doesn't bother you, I think it would hold a comforter easily:

XXL: 2.2 ft. long (26 in.) x 16 in. deep x. 12 in. high

http://www.ziploc.com/Products/PublishingImages/Large%20Images/Zioloc_flex_totes_xxl.jpg

I use Space Bags from Target for my comforters. :)

amy
07-21-2012, 08:19 PM
Dollyce, those bags are brilliant! :inlove:

I keep my yarn on shelves, with handmade cardboard dividers to give that "sorted yarn store shelf" look. Not very fancy, but I like the way it looks. I also have some in a dresser, and my least favorite yarn in boxes, in the basement. But my favorite storage is the odds and ends which I put in tall glass bowls (Christmas tree shops, $10 each), sorted by color. It looks really pretty on display, and makes it easy to find the color I need when I'm looking for a bit of color.