Wednesday, July 10, 2013

8 Creative Ways to Store your Knitting & Crocheting Yarns

For those who are passionate about knitting and crocheting, you already know how important it is to properly store all of your yarns and supplies. When thinking about storage options, you need to think about the room you will be storing them in, the amount of space you have to work with and what kind of storage item you are looking for.

Here are some creative ways you can store all of your knitting and crocheting supplies.

1. Canvas Laundry Bags - Look for washable bags with a drawstring closure to place all of your yarn in. If you have a lot of several in a variety of colors to color-code your yarn storage.

2. Plastic Linen Storage Bags - Every time you purchase new comforters or bed linens, save those clear plastic bags with zipper closures and use those to store your supplies in. What is really nice about these bags is that you can see what is inside them and they slip easily underneath your bed or in a closet if you are limited on storage space.

3. Plastic Storage Totes - A variety of plastic manufacturers make plastic storage totes (Rubbermaid is one of them) which are good for storing your knitting & crocheting supplies in if you have a lot of storage space to work with. Although this should not be your first storage choice is an option to consider.

4. Over-the-Door Shoe Storage Bag - Have you all seen those shoe storage bags that fit over a closet door or on the back of a door? If you have a lot of little yarn balls or work with small amounts of baby yarn...these shoe organizers could be a storage option for you. With that said, most will not hold large, full-size yarn skeins, so keep that in mind when considering one for your storage options.

5. Laundry Baskets - These are an inexpensive storage option but when using laundry baskets it is important to toss something over the top of them to keep animals and dust out! A folded up throw blanket, garbage bag, etc. will be needed to over-the-top of the laundry basket to keep your yarns looking nice and bug-free.

6. Children's Toy Boxes - If your children are all grown up or if you can pick up a toy box at a local yard empty toy box works well for storing all of your crocheting and knitting supplies in...including yarn! If you invest in a wooden one, you could use it for extra seating in your home (like a bench) which gives it dual function and it can enhance your home's décor.

7. Storage Ottomans - If you are limited on space or what an option that works with your home's décor...a small or medium-sized storage ottoman is the way to go. These ottomans can double as extra seating or as a coffee table too!

8. Canvas Tote Bags - If you only keep enough yarn and supplies on hand to make one single project at a time consider purchasing a large canvas tote bag to store your project and supplies in. These tote bags are great for those of you who like to take your projects with you when you travel.

Purchasing yarn is an investment and you want to properly keep your yarn clean, dry, out of direct sunlight and well organized. Take in consideration the amount of yarn you have, the area (place) in where you will be storing it and how much money you have to spend on your storage option. Once you know these answers, you can select the perfect storage option for your needs.

Article written by Shelly Hill.