I just finished reorganizing my stash! I had previously organized it by fiber content, but realized recently that this was silly – I choose yarns based first on size, then on fiber content. Also, organizing by fiber content doesn’t work gracefully for all yarns – what do you do with the mixed fiber content yarns, or that unlabeled, heaven-only-knows-what-it-is yarn?
So I reorganized it by yarn size:
- 1 bin of yarns 20,000 ypp and finer. It is embarrassing how much 120/2 and 140/2 silk I have. Plus some beautiful ultrafine silk and metallic yarn from John Marshall, gold metallic embroidery thread, etc. Lots of etc.
- 1 bin of yarns 10,000-20,000 ypp. This is mostly 60/2 silk, but also a few pounds of 2/60 nm wool, and a little bit of 2/68 nm cashmere.
- 1 bin of yarns 6,000-10,000 ypp. Mostly 2/28 nm silk and silk/cashmere mixes, but also some wools and some “uh, I think it’s protein fiber” yarn.
- 1 bin of yarns 3,000-6,000 ypp. Rarely used, since I usually weave with 7,000 ypp and finer, but might be useful as weft for summer + winter.
- 1 bin of yarns over 3,000 ypp. (Mostly bought for knitting, but who knows…)
- 1 bin of 30/2 silk, because I have 10 kg of it! (Ordered in wholesale from India.)
- 1 bin of rayon and cotton chenille, because I have so much of it.
- 1 bin of 100% cotton, linen, and other cellulose yarns – I want to keep those separate, since they dye very differently from protein fibers, and I don’t have many of them.
- 1 bin of mixed odds’n’ends – tapestry yarns and small skeins/cones not worth indexing separately.
The end result is more yarn than a woman should have, but now neatly organized so I can find things without digging through multiple bins. Also, my yarn database is organized by yarn size, so this makes things easy to find.
How do you organize your stash?