Yarn is something that needs to be stored properly. If you do not store it properly then it will not remain in usable condition for long. Not to mention the bugs that can harm the yarns if you neglect to store the yarns properly.
Here we will discuss how you can store your yarns for future usage. That way you can build your very own yarn storage system to store yarn, show them off and use them as necessary without worrying about the yarn getting spoiled. You might also like to read about the process of making yarn.
What to Do and Don’t When Storing Yarn?
There are a few things that should be avoided when storing yarns. You should avoid them as much as possible to keep the yarns in good shape for use.
One of them does not keep the yarns in sunlight. Keeping yarns in direct sunlight can often time cause the yarns to lose color.
The heat from sunlight can cause the strength of the fiber to become weak. Using weak fiber yarn does not produce a good product. So try not to keep the yarns in direct sunlight.
2. Plastic Bag
Yarns should never be stored in a plastic bag. Yarn can hold 30% of its weight as moisture without even feeling wet. So if you put that in a plastic bag then the stored moisture can cause it to grow mold and make the yarn useless.
So always avoid using any plastic bag to store yarn. But if you are trying to untangle yarn then a plastic bag can be helpful. Put the yarn inside the plastic bag and make a hole on its side. Then pull out the yarn through the hole to untangle it.
3. Mixing With Clothes
You do not want to store yarns with other clothes, especially if the clothes are not washed properly. If you keep them together, most of the time, it will end up catching bugs from the clothes and the yarn will end up in a condition that it can not be used anymore.
How Do I Store Yarn Properly?
There are a few things that you can use to store yarns. Depending on how much yarn you need to store, you can choose from these ideas and make them your own.
Way 1: Plastic Storage Bins
You can use plastic storage bins to store your yarns. Whether you want to store just a few or a lot, these bins got you covered. They are very convenient to use too. You can use more than one and make a shelf of these bins if you are trying to store a large quantity. Best way to store yarn in the shape of a ball.
Way 2: Pegboard Wall
With a pegboard wall, you can store a lot of yarn to show people what is available easily. It can be used as a decoration while being used as yarn storage. Depending on the quantity of how much you want to store, its size can be determined.
Way 3: Cabinet or Bookshelf
If you have an old cabinet or locker or a bookshelf, you can turn it into yarn storage easily. You do not even need to do anything extra for it. Just throw everything inside that cabinet or bookshelf and you are good to go.
Way 4: Crochet Basket
If you just want to store a few yarns then getting a crochet basket would be the best option. They came in different shapes and sizes. So depending on how many you want to store, you can choose your own size.
If you don’t want to buy it then you can always make your own crochet basket with yarn too. Then you can have the exact design and size you want with it.
Keeping and Storing by Color
If you are someone who needs to store a lot of yarn, finding one specific can be a hard task among them. So you can store them by color. Keeping every yarn of the same color together will keep things tidy and it will look good inside the storage too.
But storing by color can be a daunting task itself. It is not like all the yarns can be of the same color. Sometimes, there will be a different shade of the same color.
If we try to sort the storage by every single shade of the same color then, first of all, we need a massive storage area and second, it will be counterproductive to what we are trying to do.
So sorting and storing by color and keeping all the shades of the same color roughly together will make sure that your storage looks good and you can find exactly what you are looking for on short notice.
Storing yarn is more not as easy as you think. You have to think of the moister, heat and on top of it, bugs that can harm the yarn. It is better to keep the yarns in an open place rather than inside a closed bag or container. That way the yarns will be safe as long as you take measures for the bugs.