Those skeins of yarn called "leftovers," "great deals," or "this will make a beautiful (fill in the blank) one day" that you've squirreled away in the recesses of some closet in the back room.
Yeah, I've got one too. My Hoard resides in one of those giant Rubbermaid bins which sports a nifty label reading "Fibers;" but it might just as well say, "Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here," because that is where my yarn goes to die.
But no more.
Saturday, I decided to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I dragged the bin in by my computer, dumped all the yarn out on the floor, sorted it by fiber/color/size, and then started making a plan. Like Dave Ramsey says to do with every dollar, I gave each of my skeins of yarn a name and told it where to go (or rather, what it was going to be).
I searched Ravelry and Pinterest for project ideas for each yarn I had, printed off the patterns I found, and then stuffed the yarn, corresponding pattern, and any notions needed (buttons, fabric, etc.) into individual plastic bags. I used some large freezer bags and also some of those zippered, heavy-duty plastic bags that sheets, curtains, and blankets come in from the store. I always save those for storing craft supplies, and the big ones are great for holding large projects like afghans or sweaters that won't fit into a 2 gallon ziplock bag.
I had several partial skeins that weren't really big enough for full patterns, so I did some searches on Pinterest for "Yarn Stash Busters" and found some neat little projects that use remnants. I printed off several of my favorites, and I threw those patterns into a bag with all of my little leftover bits.
I also tossed all of my 100% cotton into one bag with a few different dishcloth and scrubber patterns, and I put all of my crochet thread into another bag with patterns for doilies and lace edgings.
The Result: an organized bin full of projects that are ready to grab-and-go. Now I have no more excuses when I'm sitting down to watch a movie or heading out on a little road trip - I've got everything I need to make something in each of my project packs. Just toss one in a bag with my needle case, and off I go!
It's entirely possible that I'm the only person in the world who wasn't already doing this... but just in case you have a yarn graveyard slowly taking over your home, like I did, I hope this idea helps you get things under control and increases your crafting productivity. Happy creating!
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As always, thanks so much for reading...