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Organizational Tips for Knitters and Crocheters

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Organizational Tips for Knitters and Crocheters by Kelsey Innis, San Francisco, CA

 

When knitting or crocheting, if you need to put down your work and you don't have a point protector handy, try using one of those erasers that fits over the end of your pencil. It's soft, so even if your needle doesn't fit snugly into the opening, you can jam it in. This is also useful when you are crocheting, especially with slippery yarn.

To use up yarn scraps, start a yarn ball! Just tie the scraps together. As long as it doesn't get too big , you can stash it in your bag. Just make sure you don't start using it for a project!

When knitting or crocheting, to help keep yarn tension even, wear a smooth gold ring on your ring finger and thread the yarn through it. This is especially helpful to those with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

To remove wrinkles from yarn that has been ripped out, wind the yarn around a large box, like a suit box. Tie it in four places with contrasting color yarn and remove the hank from the box. In the microwave, boil a bowl of water, turn off the microwave, and put the hank beside the bowl. Leave it in the microwave for about 20 minutes. Then lie the hank flat on a towel and let it dry completely. Wind it loosely into a ball.

When knitting or crocheting, try putting your ball of yarn into a Ziplock bag, almost completely closed except for where the yarn comes out. This prevents tangles and knots.


 

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I've used 2 and 3 liter plastic bottles. I cut off the bottom almost all the way thru then feed yarn end thru opening, put the skein into the bottle and use some masking tape to hold the botton closed. I can then write on the tape the type, color and other information on the tape.Can't take all the credit, got part of the idea from another magazine. jr

marquisnme 5516461

I've seen instructions for using a large vinegar bottle as a yarn holder; I'll try to track down a link to it, as it came from the Internet. For yarn storage I reuse large plastic bags that had stored bedding. One that held a duvet and a pillow cover came in two large compartments that used for two types of blue yarn (light/heavy, in my case). Keep an eye out for these bags at your recycling location; mine came from my father's retirement community. I really appreciated the info new to me on preparing previously-used yarn and washing yarn.

pld

@BombayGranny 4982650: Thanks for the new yarn organizing tip! It sounds like it would work really well for some skeins. Thanks for sharing -- FaveCrafts editors

JessiCAN

I tried the ziploc bags, but found they were so slippery they kept falling out of my lap or off the chair arm or pulled too easily out of my yarn tote. They also didn't work for the biggest skeins of yarn or for skeins without a center pull, i.e., skeins that unwound from around the outside instead of from the inside. I'm a big fan of using what I already have around the house, so I think I'll start saving large coffee cans and put a smooth hole in the lids. Will let you know how/if that works.

BombayGranny 4982650

I tried the ziploc bags, but found they were so slippery they kept falling out of my lap or off the chair arm or pulled too easily out of my yarn tote. They also didn't work for the biggest skeins of yarn or for skeins without a center pull, i.e., skeins that unwound from around the outside instead of from the inside. I'm a big fan of using what I already have around the house, so I think I'll start saving large coffee cans and put a smooth hole in the lids. Will let you know how/if that works.

BombayGranny 4982650

Buy some Gridded notebooks and/or milkcrate/filing boxes. You can keep your books together and your stash in totes. You can use the notebooks as a project diary, like a sketchbook for possible future projects, and to list your stash inventory. If you can take a little time to make an inventory, and to make changes as you get new, you should be able to look at pattern requirements and know if you can meet them, or if it's time for a scrap project. I categorize mine by: 1)Brand 2)Style 3)Color# 4)Color Name 5)Total wgt/yd and (*)for Varrigated.

jifrpreston

Please tell me how to make a scrap yarn ball. Thank you!

crochetchika

My local 99-cent store has 1 and 2-quart drink pitchers for $.99 I put the skein or ball of yarn in, standing up, and put the lid on, letting the yarn feed through the pouring spout. The pitcher has a handle, yarn doesn't tangle, and while the project is small, I can stash it in with the skein to travel. When I was teaching teenagers, it helped immensely to keep their skeins clean and untangled. At the end of each class session, they transferred their project to a 1 or 2-gallon zip bag to await their return. When I'm changing yarn colors in the same project, I put each color in a different pitcher, and I can shuffle them to keep the right color in position.

Dixies daughter

As a relative new knitter I loved these organizational hints Thanks so much--now I just need ideas on how to compress my "stash" so it takes up less room but colors and type of wool are still visible! Plastic bins hold plenty but don't fit under the bed.

kasseljutta 5392380

Just thought I would pass this along that I like the zip lock bag idea but I have used tall instant ice tea cans and (covered them with contact paper to make it look nice), put my yarn in then poked a hole in the lid pulled the end of my yarn through the hole and snapped on the lid. I have made alot of these for my friends and they just love them.

pcallenberger 8390350

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