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Old 01-13-2005, 05:30 PM   #11
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Thanks Amy. I'll give that a try.
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Old 01-20-2005, 01:58 AM   #12
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I had red hart 373. Sorry. I do have a lighter pink ball about 5" in diameter that may be it if you want to try it, but it has lost its label. I had many many little yarn balls (1 1/2" to 2") stuck in my bag. I finally put like colors together in ziplocks. Now if I need a cuff for a mitten or a border I have it. I also made a baby blanket out of them alternating them with strips of white. It came out very cute. I am going to do another one with bright colors and black for a lap robe. My granny (85) used to use them to make lap robes for the "old people" (her words). She just linked them one after the other. Picking another color when that one ran out. They were very cute.
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Old 01-20-2005, 03:43 AM   #13
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storage idea, maybe?
I was just thinking, after reading everyones storage ideas, what about using one of those clear ornament boxes with all the sections? Those seem to be readily available this time of year. I bet that would be a cool place to put all of your balls of yarn, since you could see through it. Some of the boxes even have snapping sections, so you don't have to take all the stuff out to get to something at the bottom.

What do you guys think?

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Old 01-22-2005, 02:18 PM   #14
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One of my plans for extra bits of yarn is to knit squares with them and eventually sew the squares together to make charity quilts. I also like the charity hat idea, perhaps even charity chemo caps with ultra soft stuff. I once shaved my head and know how nice a soft cap can be!

We need an organizing thread! These are some great ideas!

I put together a pattern organizer that is working out well for me. I got a vinyl expandable organizer at Wally-World and separated the sections into Afghans and blankets, Babies, Children, Ladies' Sweaters, Mens' Sweaters, etc. I'm going to pull the patterns out and also keep an index organized by guage, I think. I read about that somewhere and it sounds like a great idea!

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Old 01-23-2005, 06:07 PM   #15
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Goodness what a wonderful thread this became!
Amy, what you've done with your trunk has definitely inspired me! I've two antique trunks that are basically used for decoration. I need to find a way to get rid of the musty odor first and then I'll work from your inspiration and line them. Plus, it's the perfect way to keep my stash and needles well out harms way.....harms way being our 9 month old Vizsla puppy, Gracie!
Also DH has a home office that we've been talking about moving upstairs and taking over one of the empty bedrooms. He'll have much more space and I will get my very own room....complete with shelving for baskets'o yarn'n stuff!
Today I did go through my stash...sorting yarn by type, full skeins, partial skeins etc. and put them all in ziploc bags. It's going to be great to pick up a bag and see at a glance what it contains! Hopefully it will keep out any critters too.
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Hi Peg,

I had the same "musty" problem with the antique sewing machine that I bought a couple years ago. It has wooden drawers, and they were horribly musty. ...I'm trying to remember what I did to get the odor out....

Oh yes. I somehow got the notion to use boric acid on it. It was a horrible mess! LOL. I'm not sure how much it helped to tell the truth. If I were to do it again, I'd probably wash the thing down with a baking soda in water solution, or a light bleach solution.

What definitely did help, was that I followed up by oiling it with high quality furniture oil. I used tung oil, and I wonder if it may have had an anti-fungal quality, because there's not a trace of mildewy smell now. Tung oil has a strong smell, but not a bad one, and it fades. In any case, the wood looks great, and loved the oil...and no more smell!

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Old 01-24-2005, 09:46 AM   #17
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Filling the drawers with kitty litter or charcoal is supposed to help. You can actually get the charcoal refills that are used in fish tank filters. Put one or two in each drawer, close the drawer, and it's supposed to clear out the smell in a few days.
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I got my husband this charcoal oder-absorbing bag/pillow thing to throw in his gym bag, and it worked great! Mayeb you could get one of those and knit a fancy cover for it!
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incentive #25 for using zip-lock bags to store wool yarn in = moths! who wants their beautiful yarn to smell like moth balls, or worse, to be full of moth holes!

yeah, this is a great thread. i'd love to see more of where people store their yarn/knitting/crafting supplies and/or where they create. maybe i'll start that thread.... NOW!!
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