Day 16: Organizing Your Single Knitting and Crochet Patterns
The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who are positive, inspiring, creative or who’s blog you just really enjoy reading. It looks like maybe the Liebster Award and the Sunshine Award have the same origins, but the Sunshine Award does not have the 200+ follower disqualification.
I was nominated by Kirsty@MrsKirstyHoll, so thank you for thinking that I’m awesome!
The 1st Liebster Award
This award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions, but usually means dearest or beloved. It is supposed to be given to a blogger who has less than 200 followers.
I was nominated by Afthead, and I’m honored that she loves my blog. Thank you.
What I have found (in general) about my circular needle preferences are these:
- I need the needle to be as long as my palm. I have a few short circulars, but they make my hands hurt if the needles aren’t at least as long as my palm. It’s probably the way I grip them. It doesn’t matter what size- as long as they are as long as my palm- I don’t generally have a problem with my hands hurting. So I don’t use the short ones any more. (I probably should give these away.)
- I need the join to be smooth. It doesn’t matter much if I can feel the join with my hands- if it snags the yarn- I don’t like it. I have a few pairs of cheap needles that snag right where the join is. Guess I should give those away, too.
- Conversely- I have a pair of Kollage square needles that have developed a bump right where the cable joins the needle. I can only feel the bump with my hand- it doesn’t impede the yarn at all. So they don’t bother me. I know this means that they will eventually break, and I’ll have to get a new set, but that doesn’t bother me either.
- I need the needles to have a little weight to them. It doesn’t matter if I’m using wood, or bamboo, or metal, or acrylic – I need a little weight. I don’t want it to feel like the needles will fly away, if I’m not holding them. I also don’t want it to feel flimsy, like I will snap them in two, if I hold them too tight.
Day 15: Organizing Your Craft Books, Magazines, and Pattern Books
Day 14: How To Keep Moths and Other Critters Away From Your Yarn
Day 13: How To Organize Your Stash
This day is tips on how to arrange your stash. Which way do you find best to sort your yarn. By color, or weight, or fiber? By project? By care (machine washable versus hand wash)? Is your yarn just for show? And how do you contain your scraps?
Right now I’m sort of arranged by project. Those yarns that have a project already, or are easy to assign to a project stay in one bin. I surf this bin quite frequently. Usually when I’m itching to cast on something.
Then the rest of the yarn goes in a second bin. No real rhyme or reason, but I am trying to group yarns by type. Acrylic goes in one big gallon-sized zip-top bag. Wool goes in another. Cotton in another.
That’s easy. Plastic bins.
I used to keep my yarn open for viewing on a bookcase, but that’s no longer the case. I don’t want to make it easy for critters to munch on my yarn. Also- with the older stuff- it gets dusty out in the open.
No baskets. I’m not a fan of baskets. To me- a basket sitting around is an open invitation to accumulate stuff. And it may not be new stuff, but stuff just ends up migrating to the basket.
No decorative containers. I have a cat with very little regard for pretty. Things get knocked over all the time. It’s just not worth it to put out pretty glass jars of yarn, with Shadow on the hunt.
What is currently on my needles:
After yesterday’s MONUMENTAL project – these next three days (today, Saturday, and Sunday) won’t be so bad. I’m slowly adding pictures to the stash entries, so if you’re peeking at my stash, just be patient. Pictures are coming!