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Old 07-29-2007, 09:59 AM   #1
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Where to stash yarn?
My knitting stuff is spread out all over the house. I would love to have ONE place to store everything: yarn, patterns, books, needles, etc.

I was thinking about buying an armoire, but I'm concerned it would have a strong 'woodsy' smell. Do any of you use an armoire for storing yarn and knitting supplies?

Also, I have a guest bedroom that I could convert the closet into one of those organizer-system-things. However, I had one of those closets in a different home and my folded clothes always had grid mark creases, so I'm concerned that would also happen to my books and yarn.

I would love to hear your suggestions!
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:22 AM   #2
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Many of us use plastic tubs with lids. You can make shelving like they have in stores with flat sides and bases so that books etc won't be marked. Some of us who've stored yarn away for a long time in plastic tubs have had 'smells' which seem to be either the lanoline on the wool going a bit sour or plastic bags individual yarn lots are in just causing the wool to smell musty because of lack of air circulation. Of course tubs are great for ensuring bugs and beasts are kept at bay but you can do that in an open box type shelving system by having camphor sticks around etc.

If I had my perfect world I would have shelving with a closable door on the front but like the old fashioned meat safes here have airvents with mosquito wire on them. Then I'd use a tub for anything I was currently working on. I find tubs great for larger baby blankets etc. I usually line with a sheet and then place the item in, fold sheet over and good to go for next time.
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Yeah, I use a few plastic containers for my yarn and supplies. They're clear so it's easier to find stuff in.
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I keep my wool in one of those giant ziplocs to prevent moths, but the rest is in one of those plastic drawer things from Target.
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This is a picture of how I store my stash. I have more plastic containers of yarn in storage

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I use plastic tubs AND a 4 drawer dresser....and "project" bags and ...... I really really am working on using up my yarn....I really really am!!!
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I store mine in wire storage bins I bought at Target for about $12 for a 6 cube group. Some shelves have cloth boxes and some are just piled with yarn. I also have a string bag on hooks on the wall. It stretches and holds tons of yarn. It seems I can just keep putting yarn in there.

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Thank you!
Thank you all for your replies. Wow, you have given me great suggestions!

P.S. Indygirl - thanks for posting that picture. That is quite a stash you have there! You have given me something to dream about!
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A stash! Someone else may know where the thread is but someone in this forum (think it was this one) posted a link to the largest private stash I have ever seen. It was the same size as some knitting stores here! That lady used tubs but also shelving like you have in stores.
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I use these metal framed shoe holder that I found at Costco. I can put about 6 skeins per cube, and I can see what I have at all times. Of course, I have to keep the door closed, or my cats would demolish it.
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