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Streamline Your Knitting

As we all begin a new year of knitting, it’s important to have our supplies in order. Three simple tasks will make your knitting easier and more enjoyable.

  1. Clean out your yarn stash! Give partially-used skeins and colors you once liked (what were you thinking when you bought that?) to your local senior center or a friend who’s into crafts. Paring it down to the yarn you actually want to use makes it easier to grab a skein and KNIT!
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Leftover skeins and balls of yarn take up space.

2. Wind that yarn sitting in your closet! You’ve put off knitting that gorgeous sweater. Why? Because every time you have the urge to knit it, you realize the yarn is still in hanks…you’re in the mood to knit, NOT wind yarn! Need I state the obvious? Wound yarn begs to be knitted!

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Please wind us!!!

3. Purge old knitting patterns! We all hoard knitting patterns, on paper and electronically. Go through them and ask yourself a few questions:

  • Already knitted it? BYE!
  • Thought it was cute five or ten years ago? BYE!
  • No more babies in your circle? BYE!
  • Grabbed it just because it was free but it’s really not you? BYE!
  • Inherited it along with your late aunt’s bent knitting needles? BYE!

Only keep patterns that EXCITE you or “go-to” patterns that come in handy for last-minute gifts.

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Such a happy sweater-wearing family!

 

With your yarn organized and wound, and your best patterns at your fingertips, it’s so simple and easy to FIND a project and start knitting!

Start the year fresh. Start the year strong. And you’ll knit wondrous things!

Happy Knitting in 2017!

 

Dani

The Knit Knoodler

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Best FREE Yarn Storage Solution

Knitters love yarn! We love the textures, the colors, the possibilities that arise with the acquisition of new skeins. It’s difficult to walk out of a yarn shop without a bag of yarn to add to the home collection.

So soft and pretty…had to have it!!!

Eventually, a problem arises. After several years of living life as a knitter, one has accumulated quite a stash. Even if you’re one of the more disciplined yarn purchasers, you still end up with leftover balls of yarn that simply can’t be thrown away. Each one of those lovely loners has a future purpose: as a hat, as embellishment, or perhaps as a patchwork throw.

The issue becomes STORAGE. I’ve tried all sorts of storage solutions over the years. Stacked on a shelf in my closet…pretty, like a yarn shop, but the yarn attracted dust. Stuffed into plastic shopping bags and tucked into a large ottoman…I felt like a cat digging through a litter box, trying to find anything. Filed away in a special plastic hobby caddy with nice, deep drawers…my yarn smelled like plastic. Stashed in a non-plastic storage table that used those fabric cubes…eventually dust filtered in and nosy little ladybugs nestled in.

Then, one day, while cleaning out the attic, I came across a handful of clear plastic, zippered bags which originally held newly-purchased sheets and curtains. AHA! I knew I saved these for something! (I don’t throw anything away that even remotely hints at a future use.)

Glad I saved those curtain bags!

YARN STORAGE!! That otherwise throw-away packaging has become the best yarn storage I’ve come across yet. These little babies are:

  • enclosed – zippers keep out dust and critters
  • clear – you can see exactly what you’ve got and enjoy the beautiful colors
  • stackable – they have squared-off corners
  • FREE – more $ to spend on yarn

Stacked neatly in closet.

If you don’t have any of these zippered bags, ask friends and relatives. More than likely there’s somebody in your world who saves that sort of thing.

Happy Knitting!

Dani

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