View Full Version : Storing Yarn in Your Stash

05-17-2007, 05:24 PM
How does everyone store their yarn? Do you have to worry about moths getting at it at all.

Do you wind it in cakes and then put in in an air tight container? Just wondering.


05-17-2007, 05:27 PM
I put my yarn in my closet, in these cloth bin things I have. My favorite yarn I put in a wooden treasure chest at the end of my bed, I got it at A.C. Moore. I don't usually wind my yarn, 'cos it can stretch it out and I just love how it looks in hanks, skeins etc. I take it out every once and a while, rearrange it, and, if needed, find more space for it, lol.


05-17-2007, 05:33 PM
I have seperate baskets for all weights (natural fibers only, mostly wool). I have one for lace, one for fingering, one for sport & DK, one for worsted & heavy worsted, one for bulky & super bulky. I also have a basket for leftovers. I keep all my synthetics (NOT many at all) in a grocery sack in the closet.

05-17-2007, 06:12 PM
Mine is stored in rubbermaid containers that are under the bed (well, most of them :wink: ) and I generally leave them in the hanks, balls, skeins or however they were when I bought them and then roll them into cakes when I knit. I use yarn holders like this (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/Yarn%20Porn%20and%20Other%20Goodies/bexwoolholderapril162007_2.jpg) or this (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y119/rebeccame/Yarn%20Porn%20and%20Other%20Goodies/hommeryarnholderfromamy.jpg) (or others) and I have to wind my yarn for it to come out of the holders properly....I LOVE vintage yarn holders:heart:

05-17-2007, 06:40 PM
I'm acting like a squirrel.....here some skeins under the bed and there some balls in the closet and some in the drawer....I'm a yarn-squirrel :lol:

I have several places to store my yarn because I don't have one place big enough where I can store all my yarns together. And several places are better! Your husband will not know them all :teehee:

To avoid moths I have many pieces of cedarwood between the skeins. I'm not sure if it really helps but I never had moths yet.

05-18-2007, 04:51 AM
Probably not the best way to store my stash, but I have each kind of yarn in it's own bag (mostly ziplock kinds), then those bags are kept in a larger bag that is tied shut, and then those are in my closet.

I should really get a Rubbermaid container so I don't have to deal with tying and untying the bags all the time. Maybe I'll do that this afternoon.

05-18-2007, 10:06 AM
I have a LOT of yarn...a real lot. I have some in Rubbermaid bins - separated by fiber - on my back porch (enclosed!) and second bedroom. The wool yarn is in those XXXL Ziploc bags with a bar of Irish Spring soap thrown in as extra moth repellent. I have one bin with acrylics but I have slowly been doling that acrylic yarn out to the memory care facility where my mom stays. I will only keep the baby acrylic yarn.

I have an attic apartment in my house that is not in use so my future plan is to clean it up (there is a ton of JUNK up there from mom's Alzheimer hoarding days), have sturdy shelving installed and use that as my "yarn store". I also want to have book shelves installed for all my knitting/crochet/jewelry making books.

That way I can use my back porch for my beading/jewelry stuff. There is a workbench out there but it is covered up by yarn bins!

05-18-2007, 10:45 AM
I am a squirrel. I have rubbermaid containers under the bed, larger rubbermaid containers in the closet, a wooden chest I bought on ebay for $50 bucks that I love with my "sweater stash" in it. My rubbermaids are somewhat thematic. Socks, wool, acrylics, scarves, summer shells, etc.

I also have two of those canvas open boxes for things that are in process.

Right now the whole system is a mess. I need to do some serious de-stashing. I don't even know what I have any more. Summer project.

I keep things boxed up because Cooper likes to snort the yarn.

05-18-2007, 01:39 PM
I love your dog! He is a cutie patootie!

05-18-2007, 01:58 PM
I keep mine in canvas bins on a bookshelf in my room. I have them organized by yarn type acrylic, cotton, wool..
I also have a WIP bin and a bin for completed projectss~ I have baskets on top for all my knitting/crochet tools supplies..
I keep my patterns, books in a plastic file folder bin~
It works just fine~~


05-19-2007, 03:41 AM
All my yarn is kept in Ziplock bags. I generally keep one type/style of yarn in a bag. eg: all my sock yarns are in 1 or 2 bags. I have a couple of 'sweater stashes' in small tubs, not that I'll make sweaters out of them.. but I have 8+ balls...

05-19-2007, 05:33 AM
www.woodlandwoolworks.com (http://www.woodlandwoolworks.com) sells the best storage bags! Cheap, too! They come in 3 sizes. They are zippered. Located on page 66 of their online catalog.

Here is the information they give on the page with the photo:
Clear Plastic Zippered Bags
Store all your knitting projects and
yarns in these convienent bags. 3 differennt sizes
Small: 9x 11x3 #103560 $1.75
Medium, above: 12x 15x 4 #103561 $2.25
Humungous: 26x 29x 9.5 #103562 $5

Anyhoo, I store all my yarns in the small and medium sized bags.
The small bag holds up to 12 or more skeins of most dk and worsted wt. yarns.The medium will hold 30 of most skeins...and less if bulky yarn.

I love these bags. The small size for $1.75 is great. I have seen them at retail stores for $4.

I have not had any bug or spider problems, and don't want to start.

I inventoried my yarns last weekend and set up an Excel spreadsheet! Can't claim the idea was mine. Another KH knitter commented something about her spreadsheet...and I just plain got motivated!

Here are the totals of my Stash:
938 skeins/hanks/balls with total yardage of 122,167.
Having all the yarns in the zippered bags with at least one label facing out...helped speed along the inventory process.

If anyone is interested in receiving a blank copy of my YARN STASH spreadsheet thing...let me know. I created a 'sample' of mine for someone the other day, and saved it. Remember, it is an Excel Spreadsheet with 7 total worksheets (pages)...one for each weight of yarn. You could ultimately tweak it to suit yourself.

Hmmm, can we post Excel attachments on our new Forum?
Hmmm...just a sec....I will try now using that Manage Attachments link...

Nope. It didn't work. Well, click on my face...and instead of sending me a PM...send me a direct email. I think we can do that now...and in your subject line...put "Would like YARN STASH Spreadsheet" and I will be sure to transfer your email from Junk to the Inbox!

If the direct email doesn't work either, send me a PM and we will work something out.

Well, that's my 2 cents for tonight.

05-19-2007, 07:33 AM
I have 3 giant Rubbermaid containers full of yarn. The yarn that doesn't fit in there, is just in the bags from the store where I bought it. It all sits in the corner of my living room. I know that is not the best way, but my apartment is so small, I am literally out of room to keep stuff. With a boyfriend and all of his junk, and 4 cats and all of their toys and stuff, space is very tight. This doesn't keep me from buying more though!!!:lol:

05-19-2007, 06:51 PM
Good lord, ArtLady, you are totally organized!! And sounds like your stash would be big enough to start a store!

BTW, has anyone tried the Ziploc Big Bags? I'm about to go get them, as I'm moving and thinking these will be more airtight/pest-proof than my plastic totes.

05-19-2007, 07:00 PM
The Ziplocks are great for yarn! They are easily stackable and they hold a large amount of yarn. I would say get them.

Green Eyed Knitter
05-20-2007, 09:48 PM
I'm a bit of a hoarder :blush: and I store my yarn in ziplocs and then in Rubbermaid containers by color/fiber/project. I love that ziplocs come in everything from quart size (for single hanks of Handmaiden sea silk :inlove:) to the 2 1/2 gallon size which will hold 10-12 skeins and project directions without a problem. Now if my knitting abilities could only match my shopping skills. :lol:

05-21-2007, 05:50 AM
You won't believe it!!!!
Following your tips on storing, i decided to check out ziploc bags on eBay. So i found some store selling a box of 9 bags (each bag contains 10 galons) for 4.95$. But they want 27$ for international shipping!!!! :hair:

05-21-2007, 11:05 AM
As of yesterday- it's in a 4-drawer dresser. Yay! I can find all my yarn now!