Baskets – Old and New

Yarn on chair

Sheltland yarn, freshly plied this morning.

Learning to spin has cluttered my (already cluttered) house with odd bits of yarn, fiber, more yarn and spinning gizmos – all fragile and all requiring storage.

Currently, I’m struggling to find places to put all this stuff where it won’t get dirty — or (heaven forbid) LOST.

Care to guess how it’s going?


Yeah, just like that.

So I’ve been diving into the dregs of Hobbies Past to figure out a solution.

Eh, well – that’s another pain in the tush.

I purchased two beautiful ‘valet cases’ which are really paper boxes with hinged lids pretending to be suitcases. One holds cut up plastic bags for the ‘bag of bags’ project.

The other – bits of yarn and fiber in baggies. Odds and ends and the braided Marino and Alpaca that I’m holding onto for fear of ruining.

There’s a little wicker basket for the bobbins. A BIG wicker basket for carrying stuff to class.

A round basket for ‘WIP’ (works in progress) sits on my work table. (So I can’t work there anymore. Is any of this starting to sound familiar? LOL)

THEN I bought a sewing chest – which isn’t full yet, but I’m sure I’ll get enough stuff stuffed in it soon. It’s black with age – so I spray it with Scotts Liquid Gold when I dust it.

Scotts has this really cool effect – it returns black wood to it’s original color – if you use enough of it. I’ve got a lovely sewing box that was also black when I bought it. Now it’s a lovely cherry color, with every grain visible.

I’ve also got a small metal waste basket that I put my fiber in while I’m spinning. Or my yarn when I’m knitting. It’s high enough the balls of yarn don’t fly out.

I’ve got a yarn bowl on layaway.

The upside to all of this is cleaning out my office closet. I have to make space in there and this is a GREAT excuse to excerise my ‘urge to purge.’

Since that only happens once a year, I’ve got to take advantage.

So now I’m off to clear out a drawer for my jumbo bobbin and flyer. I’ve got a plastic drawer to label so I can find it.

There’s always the danger of losing anything I put away. Out of sight and out of mind.

Stay tuned!


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