I’ve been getting a lot of questions from Penelopes asking me how I handle certain organization dilemmas. (Though, I gotta say, I’m not a professional organizer, I just have my own way of doing things, so, fair warning.) Any time I get the same question several times, I think it’s time to make a post of it. That’s the case here.
The most recent email was from a Knitter/Penelope named Mary who read my post praising knitting as a great hobby, and asked how I keep my knitting-related gear organized.
My method isn’t groundbreaking at all, but I’ll share it with you:
I keep my “stash” of yarn, which, honestly, is teeny tiny compared to most knitters, in a large canvas tote like this one:
I don’t let my stash get bigger than what will fit in that tote. It’s a slippery slope, the stash, and I’ve had to force myself to stick to that space. My house just isn’t big enough for all the yarn I’d like to own.
I keep my UFOs (that’s knit-speak for “unfinished objects” or projects in process) just sitting on top of that tote, where I can quickly reach grab whatever project tickles my fancy at the moment. I keep the corresponding patterns for those UFO’s in clear plastic sleeves slipped into the side of the tote, again, making them easy to grab when I need them.
I keep my needle collection in an expandable file like this one. Each pocket is, of course, labeled according to needle size. This keeps all my needles readily accessible, even those hard-to-wrangle circular ones. I keep labels from yarn I’ve used, each one noted with the color and project name, in the back of this folder. That way, I can refer back and order more of a specific yarn and lot number if I need to do that.
Finally, I keep my “notions”, (scissors, measuring tape, pen, stitch markers, embroidery needles, etc.) on the table next to my knitting chair, in a medium-sized felted bowl that I made from a pattern in Leigh Radford’s One Skein book.
That’s my system. I warned you it wasn’t earth-shaking. It does work well for me, though.
Are there any other Knitter Penelopes out there want to weigh in with theirs? We’d love to hear from you.