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Organizing Yarn and Ideas from Craft Magazines

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Organizing Yarn by Ginger Harrison, Cross Lakes, WV

Here are a few of my craft tips that help me keep a little more organized. I save baby wipe containers. The ones that are shaped like a cylinder and have a hole in the top. I put a skein of yarn in each one and string the yarn through the hole. This makes it easier for me to get to the yarn and keeps it tangle free. Instead of saving all of my craft magazines, I tear out the pages that have ideas and patterns on them that I like and punch holes in them and put them in a three ring notebook. It is much easier to look in one notebook for a particular idea or pattern than all those craft books.

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When I had to give up my35-year collection of knitting mags, I scanned the patterns I wanted to keep into PDF files on my computer. After everything I had went up in smoke when my home was destroyed by fire, I started scanning EVERYTHING I thought I might need in the future, and taking the hard drive to work with me "just in case." Now when I get a knit or crochet mag, I immediately scan it, then pass it on to a fellow fiber junkie. I can search for the type of project I have in mind, sort through the collection, and print out the one I need. Sure does free up a lot of bookshelf space, since I'm a pattern addict....

I also use a simple three ring binder system and sheet protectors. I have two binders, one for ideas and patterns that I want to make, one one for projects that I have made, and probably want to make again. In the second binder, I keep the pattern, an index card or slip of paper with notes (like which yarn or hook I substituted, or what I did different from the printed pattern) PLUS a picture of the item, stashed right in front of the sheet protector. That way I can find the patten, "at a glance."

I HAVE PATTERNS LIKE THAT OR ONES THAT I PRINT FROM FAVECRAFTS I ALSO KEEP THEM IN A 3 RING BINDER BUT I USE SHEET PROTECTORS FOR PATTERNS. YOU CAN PUT A FEW SHEETS IN EACH ONE. I ALSO IF PATTERN IS ONLY 1 OR 2 PAGES PUT THE PICTURE AND DECSCIPTION OF TWO PATTERNS FACING OUT ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF PROTECTORS SO I CAN VIEW PROJECTS AS I FLIP THRU THE NOTEBOOK. (PS KEEP A EXTRA ONE OR TWO PROTECTORS HANDY FOR WHEN YOU WANT TO USE A PATTERN SO IT WILL BE PROTECTED WHEN YOU WORK ON A PROJECT

I have a local mini mart save empty beef jerky containers for me. They are 10 to 12 inches tall and 4 to 6 inches around. I just poke a hole in the top. Put a skein or ball of yarn in the tube and pull the end through the top. Close it up and I'm ready to go. They are light weight so you can have more than 1 in a craft bag.

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