Monday, February 15, 2016

Never Have to Dig Through Your Stash Again!

When I began knitting and starting building my yarn stash, I struggled with finding a way to organize it.  I tried everything, sorting by color, sorting by weight, and utilizing the stash section of Ravelry.  No matter what I did, everytime I needed a new skein, I ended up digging through my stash, tearing it apart until I found what I needed.

I scoured Pinterest and all corners of the internet looking for what I needed.  I discovered the concept of a yarn binder, and was fascinated.  This is perfect!  Not only can I see the yarn, but I can touch it, see exactly how thick or thin it is, and write notes about it.  It is a great resource for knitting for others too!  If someone asks for something, I hand them my yarn binder and they can pick exactly what they want.

It was this exact image and blog post that caught my eye!
I loved the blog post and the idea of having a binder with samples of every skein of yarn they offered, but I didn't love the template.  I didn't feel like the pages gave enough information - how many skeins do I have; where is it stored;  where did I get it?

Naturally, I went to Etsy.

I found a listing for a knitting journal, and I fell in love it.  For only $4, I got not only the perfect template for putting together a yarn binder, but I also got knitting project pages, knitting needle inventory, measurements, and more!  This is such a great printable template package, and if you are looking to organize your knitting life, I highly recommend.  There isn't a thing I would change about it.  I had no complaints!

So, without further ado, here is my yarn binder.


As you can see in this last picture, I do a crochet chain with the yarn I am cataloging.  That lets me see how it looks when worked, and also keeps it from getting tangled with other samples.

That's it!  Super easy!  Let me know what you think, and how you organize your stash!