Last year we decided to sell our family home of 26 years and downsize to a condo. The one hitch to our master plan? The completion date for the condo’s construction was scheduled for the fall of 2018. Not relishing the idea of moving into a rental and moving a second time once the condo was ready, we decided instead to embrace the opportunity set before us and head off in our wee T@g trailer.
Living “small” with my fibre arts passion is not anything I have ever had to face before. As each child moved out, I simply expanded into their vacated space. Why not? Right?
To date we have 18,000 km under our belts with our T@g trailer; which is not much more than a queen sized bed on wheels with a small galley in its trunk, but I love it.
Seeing as the only room I have for my fibre supplies are two small storage boxes and a small space under the mattress, I decided knitting would be my best companion for the next year and a bit. And now, for the first time ever, I have a knitting stash. To date, I just spun enough yarn at the tpi and wpi Required and then dyed the colours I needed.
It did not take long before I realized things could easily spiral out of control. I needed a system to help me keep track of my growing yarn stash, especially those yarns stored under my mattress. My solution? I wrapped lengths of yarn around clothes pins (embroidery bobbins, tongue depressors or popsicle sticks would also work). Now I can see at a glance the yarns and colours I have on hand. No more rummaging through bins or under the mattress. They are also easy to take along to yarn shops and serve as colour swatches when I am working on colour schemes.
Each clothes pin is numbered and relates to an excel spread sheet that records information such as: yarn company, fibre content, gauge, the needle size I used, the amount of that yarn left in my stash, etc. To help me when designing, I use the same number to label the colouring pencil that best matches each yarn.
And last but not least, I keep one label from each yarn type, just in case I need any additional info down the road.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!