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Old 11-20-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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storing your stash
I have noticed a lot of people that are selling/trading yarn make sure to state the stash has been stored in airtight containers. Is this really necessary? If so, why? I obviously understand the need to state the environment as smoking vs nonsmoking and list any types of pets, etc due to allergies and smells. Right now, all of my yarn is in a huge unsealed project bag or reusable grocery bags.
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:39 PM   #2
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Typically moths and other vermin can't get into airtight containers. If you have pests, it's even more important to make sure your yarn is safe from them!
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:30 AM   #3
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It may not be necessary if your stash is relatively small and you tend to use up your yarn (for example, I have limited space right now, so I try to create projects using yarn I have on hand as much as possible in order to stop my yarn stash from taking over my apartment ).

A lot of people though, have been knitting for years and have years worth of stash yarn stored which they may decide to sell or trade. If you're going to sell or trade yarn that is several years old to someone else to use, I think they would appreciate knowing that it's been stored in a container that is going to keep the yarn protected from dust, dirt, pet hair, etc. as well as pests such as moths, mice, etc. I know for myself, it would be very disappointing to purchase yarn from someone's stash only to find out it's dirty or damaged in some way.
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:25 PM   #4
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I would feel more comfortable buying stash yarn from someone who tells me, and better yet,
shows me
how she has stores her stash! Whenever I've sold some stash, I include the zippered yarn bag in the price and ship it to her in that bag, inside the USPS Priority box.
(And I agree with everything kmaclean said!)

All of my yarns are stored like this:


Complete protection from insects, dust, moisture and odors of any kind.

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Old 11-23-2010, 10:36 AM   #5
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Oh man! I am in awe of your stash storage (and I can only presume that you have much more where that came from ). I wish I had the space for that! Maybe someday ....
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Thanks for the info. Wow, what a stash ArtLady, that is a nice setup. I get it now, guess it seems obvious. I wouldn't be very happy to receive old dirty, stinky yarn either.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:20 PM   #7
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ArtLady1981 - Where do you purchase the plastic bags used to store your stash? I have a lot but don't know how to organize it.
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Old 11-26-2010, 05:33 PM   #8
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ArtLady1981 - Where do you purchase the plastic bags used to store your stash? I have a lot but don't know how to organize it.
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Purchased all of them at www.woolworks.com

They are called 'storage bags'. This link will take you right there.

The smallest size will hold 10 balls of most dk and worsted wt yarns. The med size will hold 20 dk and worsteds, or 10-15 of the bulkier yarns. I love these bags!

When I have decided on a pattern for a batch of yarn soon to be knit, I can slide the pattern right down in the bag, and I can see what I planned to do with the yarn!

The company is offering free shipping for orders over $50 for the time being...so if you need any yarn...or other items...now would be a good time!

I've purchased dozens of times from Woolworks. They're good people. They actually pick up their telephone, too! How's that for a novelty!?

My LYS carried them about 5 years ago. They were asking $4.50 per bag. At that time, WoolWorks was asking $1.75 for the same dern bag. Guess which way I went?

WoolWorks pricing hasn't gone up much in 5 years. $2 for the size S, and $2.50 for the size M.
They are worth their weight in gold.
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Beautiful organizing, Artlady! I especially like that the bags are see-through.

I store much of my yarn in drawers of an IKEA dresser which used to be my son's when he lived at home. Easy to see at a glance when I open a drawer.

I have received gift yarn from a friend which smelled a bit 'off' - maybe even a touch mouldy. Not good.
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I purchased a 'bazillion' a few years ago on e-Bay, clear with the zippers (such as ArtLady's and also blankets come in) which were primarily to store my huge stash of fabric yet to be used. Had some left over and now have my smaller stash of yarn and UFO's in same. Thanks for the link, ArtLady, as to where more can be obtained. I doubt I could find them again on e-Bay. They are invaluable for both purposes.
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