Tidy mind, tidy stitches…


“How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised?”

I don’t stash a lot of yarn, so I don’t have a lot of yarn to keep track of. I like to choose yarn for each new project as I go. If I buy too far in advance, my fancies usually take me in a different direction when I’m ready to start a new project, and then the purchased yarn never gets used.

Most of my knitting stuff lives here. Needles in Lantern Moon silk needle cases, notions, a few skeins of sock yarn, UFO’s on temporary hiatus, FO’s, a basket of hand knit socks in the lower right corner, because they take up too much room in my sock drawer. I bought this shelving system at IKEA, and I love it. The empty cubby? It has a Lantern Moon rice basket of miscellaneous stuff that needs to get put away.


This is how the shelf looked last summer when I set it up, and pretty much how it looks, now. The only yarn that doesn’t live there lives in a couple underbed boxes; it’s mostly leftovers from past projects. I tend to buy an extra skein so that I don’t run out before the project is finished. Another lesson learned the hard way. It’s better to have too much than too little!

I generally have one or two projects going at any one time; more than that guarantees that something will get abandoned. I hate that. Current projects live in whichever knitting basket has my fancy. I have a lot of Lantern Moon baskets, LOL. You can see several on the shelf: the green Polka Dot Ring tote, my all-time favorite square Lantern Tote, the black fabric Gidget tote, several of the iconic rice baskets in different sizes and colors. I’ve acquired a couple more since that picture.

The Anna tote, and

the fabulous Bindi.

The one downfall of my basket system is that I tend to dump from one basket to another, so I can take the one I want on any particular day. Leftover yarn and tools from finished objects tend to stay in baskets and get dumped from basket to basket, too. It’s time for a clean sweep. Um, maybe next week. I’m blogging this week!

What about books? They live downstairs, on their own shelf. I have a lot…


16 responses to “Tidy mind, tidy stitches…

  1. I love that shelf! So clean and crisp, and it keeps everything so nice. I am envious.

  2. I must make sure my DH doesn’t *ever* read that first paragraph. I’m sure there would be all kinds of recriminations.

  3. I simply LOVE your shelf!! I wish there was an Ikea a little closer to me for that type of thing! Your baskets and bags are all lovely as well!

  4. Oh, IKEA. Those Swedes sure know how to organize in style.

  5. Now that is the kind of shelf I have been looking for. I will have to check out the nearest IKEA store. I hope it isn’t all the way down in Orlando :o(.
    Great Organization!

  6. What a lovely organized set-up you have !!

  7. Love your shelving unit. But I fear that it wouldn’t be big enough for me!!

  8. What a great shelf! Beautiful!

  9. I have loved that shelf since it first came out and now I love it even more! I think showing my BF your photo might convince him to let me get 1 too! You go girl!

  10. That shelf looks so neat and tidy….I’d love my stash to be so organized…I’d love my stash to be about half.

  11. Great policy…I only dream about not stashing!!! So, should I start calling you the bag lady LOL I love your collection of bags 😀

  12. love the basket idea!!

  13. LOVE that shelving system and the baskets!!! So inviting!

  14. I’m the same way in that I have a very small stash (only 2 baskets!) because I like to buy my yarn and cast on right away.

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