In my effort to make more this year, I’ve been trying to understand why it was hard for me to get stuff done the last couple years, and I think that one of the reasons was simply that I don’t know what I have, and where it is. Not very good for an organised crafterbrain!
This is especially true for my yarn projects, I would get excited about a new project I saw online, then get frustrated quickly because I didn’t know if I had the right yarn to even get started, and digging through my stash was annoying.
Because I am pretty visual I had always organised my yarn by colour, but I had an epiphany in February, and realised that I should really be organising it by yarn weight! After all, that’s pretty much the most important consideration when choosing yarn for a pattern – having the right weight – to make sure you get results close to the pattern.
So I spent a couple of torturous days going through all my yarn, and not only arranging them by weight, but writing everything down.
Now when I come across a pattern I want to make, I can quickly check to see if I have the right weight and amount of yarn. This helps with spending too, instead of buying first, I check my stash first, because it’s now very easy to see what I have.
That coupled with also knowing what needles and hooks I have on hand is really helping me to get more done (okay, who am I kidding, it’s helping me to get more projects started!)
I’ll share my needle and hook inventory in another post soon.
Here’s a closer look at the inventory page in my crafter’s bullet journal.
It’s a pretty simple table. The headings are Name, Weight, Needle Size, Length & Weight per skein, # of skeins, Total length, Colourway, Potential Project.
I added that last column as a way to quickly see if something in my stash is already earmarked for something.
Over the weekend I came across a really good deal on yarn (50 cents a skein!), so my stash grew some more. It’s the lovely pile in the photo higher up. Now I can add these in to my inventory, and compare with my list of projects I want to do,to see if I will be casting on something new soon!
How do you keep track of your yarn stash or other supplies?