I've been just putting yarn in whatever clear storage tote it would it in and buying more totes for so long that I could no longer find anything I was looking for. And when I did go looking for something specific, I found stuff I'd forgotten I had. Disorganization is the only explanation for my owning 7 skeins of red, acrylic fun fur. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
I pulled out all the storage totes, boxes, bags, cardboard boxes, shopping bags, and plastic bags and started emptying them. I devised an absolutely brilliant plan for sorting the yarn: I'd put sweater amounts together, and then just sort yarns by weight into totes and stack them up nice and neat in the stash room. I have 12 of those 65-quart clear storage totes, which should be plenty. An easy, simple, foolproof plan, right?
Uh, huh, sure.
Very quickly, several things became painfully obvious in this yarn-sorting process:
- I have a lot of sock yarn.
- I have a lot of lace yarn.
- I have lots and lots of fingering and DK weight yarn.
- I really like neutral-colors of sock yarn.
- I also really like worsted weight yarn.
- Apparently, bulky weight yarn is a also a very good thing.
- I have a lot of blue and green sock yarn.
- I have more lace-weight yarn than I will ever knit in this lifetime.
- I have more yarns in sweater amounts than I realized.
- I may have a sock yarn problem.
- A 65-quart tote full of off-white fisherman yarn could possibly be an excessive amount.
- I have spun a LOT of yarn in the last 4 years.
- A color of yarn which I will not buy apparently does not exist.
- After putting the sweater amounts together, they used nearly 1/2 the totes.
- The weight-sorted totes are full to capacity; I had to lock the lids to keep them on.
- I need to buy a lot more totes.