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Old 03-04-2005, 01:50 PM   #1
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Knitting Organization??
Hi everyone!!!

I am going to finish my first project this evening

During the past few weeks, since I started knitting, I have begun to collect knitting magazines, patterns, needles, and yarn that has been generously donated by friends that "thought you could use this"
(amazing how many of my friends thought I'd like their old unused yarn! :? )

(Even more amazing how many of them were right :D )

Anyway,

I have a job which requires that I am very organized throughout the day, so, naturally, I tend to not want to organize myself well at home. This being said, I really want to get my knitting supplies organized before it gets out of hand! I would like some suggestions for how to go about this.
What do you do? What do you wish you could do? Anything at all!
Your comments would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 03-04-2005, 02:03 PM   #2
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If I had the space, I would assign an entire room as my "Hobby Room", "Work Studio" ... whatever you want to call it

If I had the space AND MONEY, I would take trip to Ikea. They have such cute organizing supplies!! :D
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Well, I'm kind of a split person. I'm really good at organizing things, but even better at destroying this order again
Guess i'm just to lazy to keep any order :D
Therefore all my needles are stored in a hat box I got from a fleamarket. I also have one needle organizer that is crocheted, but it's only for straight needles[it's also stored in the box].
I don't have any space for my supllies and so far all my yarn is in plastic bags which lie around in my room. What I want to get are some plastic containers which you can pile up. And some magazine holders.
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HAH! I thought this thread was gonna be about Organizations that focus on knitting
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Originally Posted by feministmama
HAH! I thought this thread was gonna be about Organizations that focus on knitting
Sorry about that mama!
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Originally Posted by javede
Well, I'm kind of a split person. I'm really good at organizing things, but even better at destroying this order again
Guess i'm just to lazy to keep any order :D
Therefore all my needles are stored in a hat box I got from a fleamarket. I also have one needle organizer that is crocheted, but it's only for straight needles[it's also stored in the box].
I don't have any space for my supllies and so far all my yarn is in plastic bags which lie around in my room. What I want to get are some plastic containers which you can pile up. And some magazine holders.
Yup.
That's what I'm lookin like right now. 'cept the hatbox. (Good Idea!!)
I was thinking of some of the stackable plastic drawers, maybe... :?
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Originally Posted by ekgheiy
If I had the space, I would assign an entire room as my "Hobby Room", "Work Studio" ... whatever you want to call it

If I had the space AND MONEY, I would take trip to Ikea. They have such cute organizing supplies!! :D
I have space in my house that I could devote to a hobby room, I just am unsure that I want to go up and convert that space!
Thanks for the idea!!!
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I do have an area of the house that's just for my hobbies. It's part of the laundry room...Don't laugh, it's a HUGE laundry room which even has a shower!!! So I have my yarn in storage boxes on shelves. Books and mags are next to the yarn. My needles however are in a basket with some small balls of yarn in the living room, they look so cute so it's become a decorative accessory!!! It's not as organized as it sounds, can we say "too many hobbies"??? And the family has figured out that with as much time as I spend in the laundry room, I'm not really doing laundry! :D :D :D
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I don't know about the yarn since I don't have much. I don't care much for the fabric needle holders, but I am planning on buying a toolbox to store my needles and "stuff". My son and I have been looking at them. The main problem is leaving a needle in the car so I know how long the box has to be. We bought a fishing tackle box today, but it was 1/4" too short. Shopko though has a plastic scrapbooking case that looks like it would be great for a knitting case. Even the length is good. It had many dividers that you could put in. The only problem was that it was $20. Which isn't much I guess after looking at the other cases. We need to let the plastic companies know what we need. If they made their boxes 1/2" longer they would work great.
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I have developed a "grab and go" system that works for me.

Yarn for "future projects" gets tucked away in a drawer or box or bag on the shelf (depending on my current state of re-organization). Yarn from past projects also lives with the future yarn, because you never know when you might be able to incorporate that little bit of "xyz" color.

Yarn for "next up" projects goes in the giant knitting basket in the living room.

"Current projects" and their yarn go in small bags (size depends on the size of the project) with yarn at the bottom, on-needle project on top. These bags live in or next to the giant knitting basket. When I'm going out and want to take a project, I just grab my project of choice, which can then ride safely in my totebag, backpack, or whatever. Extra skeins for large current projects live in the giant basket until I need them.

Needles live free-range in one side of the giant basket, too. I'm about to change that, though, and make them a home, a needle case (which will then live in the basket, but in a little more contained area).

Patterns live in the file cabinet, but I have also thought about putting them in sleeves in a binder. I sort them by "current projects," "future projects," and others by category (cardigans, scarves, etc). Knitting books and mags live on the bookshelf, all in one place so they're easy to find.

Until I answered this topic, I didn't realize how organized my knitting life was! I guess that's why knitting is such a haven -- everything else in the house is pretty chaotic.
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