meta content=' knitting, crochet, spinning crafts, storage, yarning4asmile ' name='description'/> Yarning4ASmile: January 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time to Destash!

Since this is a week late you should have created your plan off attack for your stash, house, drawer, closet.... what ever you are wanting to clean out and get organized. Last week despite having to take my youngest and mother in law to the Doctor for bronchitis I did manage to get a lot done. I even took a bag of yarn to the library and donated and have another ready to go. (these are partial/recycled yarns or I would offer them up to you guys) I was able to clean out the "school related stuff from my room and relocating that to the laundry room and shed where I can get to it a lo easier. I was able to really go through and touch all my yarns moving some acrylics and partial skeins to my was empty closet. I will add some photos to share my new space and crazy but great storage ideas. The first picture is the closet in my craft room, I now keep all my blocking, scrapbook, "other acrylics" shipping supplies, office supplies. I love over the door caddy in the pantry and I use one in my craft room closet for tape, paintbrushes .. pretty much everything. I also reuse cookie tins in drawers, plastic containers that lost their lids and dollar tree plastic trays. the boys rooms have labels on the drawers, when they were younger they have pictures of what does in the drawer. I love "vintage" metal baskets for yarn.

Since I now have my stash better sorted and less "cramped" I have set some attentive goals for myself...
 1. knit my 15 oldest skeins in 2015... and here they are.
 2. Knit from my acrylic in my closet and put some of them up for destash on ravelry
 3. Start a "cozy memories sock scrap blanket" with 6 grams balls of sock yarn
 4. Continue my "Barn Raising" Square Blanket
 5. Knit at least 3 pairs of socks
 6. Knit my hubby a hat like this one some how.
 7. Knit from Queue since most of my queued projects have yarn bought
 8. spin at least three braids..

The past two weeks I have finished my Endgame scarf, made a baby hat, finished the donation hat, worked on my sweater and started a #cozymemoriesblanket  ...  The baby hat was one of the 15 of my oldest skeins. It made a cute baby and hat and I based it from the pattern here.





 Oh and me and my oldest went to the circus with his class. It was a lot of fun but I wish the were more animal acts. The elephants were amazing along with the tigers :)


How your destash progress going. Hopefully well, I would love to hear about your destash stories... Happy yarning

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Plan

Every great idea needs a plan for it to be carried out. Organizing your stash or house is no different. Sure you can just start but you will be over whelmed and possibly not be as through. My plan not only pertains to my yarn room and yarn but to the rest of my house as well. I do this pretty much every year, clean out the house and purge some items because I know we will bring some in as the year progresses.

To get your plan go and sit in front of whatever you want to organize and look at it.. have a pen and paper write out what you want to do, what needs to be done for that to happen and what will be done when that middle step is done. Mine looked like this...




I am choosing to do my whole house so mine quite larger than yours maybe... Some questions to ask yourself about what you want:
Are you wanting to get like fibers together?
Color?
Weight yarn?
Do you need needle/ Hook Storage?
Where does it need to go?
Is that space already have the stuff in it or do you need to clean out other things?
Do you want your stash on Ravelry?
Do you need to get rid of some yarns?
Are you wanting to plan for future projects?

These are just a few questions. Mine I want to move some craft stuff into the closet in my craft room along with the acrylic yarns, I want to do this to get rid of the bookcase that align my wall and add cheap shelves on the wall instead. It will in return allow me to have more space to house my wheel and possibly have room to leave me ironing board out at all times. It will make my room feel not so cluttered and give my sons more floor space so they can be in here with me. 

Lets say you may want just to organize your yarn but weight.. Will you store it in totes? How about a book case? I have used the ones from walmart. They have worked well and are at a great price. Walmart usually has them for about 25ish in store so be on the look at for that price. Many people love the Ikea Cudes but there is not an Ikea here and its to far to take a weekday trip. I am creating a board For yarn storage on pinterest I will open it so anyone can post ideas to it as well. You can find it here. If you want to be added to the board so you can share your pins please shot me an email with your email address.. 

http://yarning4asmile.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-better-view-of-my-room.html

Now you have a plan you can beign.. if you want to get your yarn sorted just go through it this week and sort but color weight. Next week I will do a post of adding it to Ravelry and different apps that can keep up with your stash. This is a WIP it will not happen over night... your stash did not grow over night so you can not let yourself think you can handle it over night. I started my progress and was able to get the first step almost done and will complete it this week. The hardest part is coming up for me.... moving stuff around and cleaning out the shed and the barn which are areas that will be COLD this week due to the weather :/ good thing I am a knitter and crocheter :)

Happy Yarning...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Stash Down 2015



Ok lets be honest we all have a stash of yarn some of us make have some they have forgotten about and others may be OCD and know every single skein they own. Regardless I though it would be fun and helpful if we started  organizing, cleaning out and using up our stash. Each week I will do a post about a way to organize, sort, how to add your stash to Ravelry etc. This is a great way to share how you store your stash and maybe get rid of some things you bought but decided you do not want t use.. If you are in Alabama my home state please check out our Ravelry Group and share some of your ideas and goals. Here is the Thread post so you can jump in... even if you are not in Alabama feel free to post a comment or a picture to share with the group :)



In the past I have talked about my stash and how I have organized it. You can read those post by clicking the following links.

However I still have even more wonderful ideas and ways to improve my area and can not wait to share them with you through the year...

Happy New Year my you day and the days to come be filled with Love, family, Friends and lots of yarn ....

Happy Yarning..

Kim