As I was cleaning up my craft room and organizing my stash of craft supplies, it occurred to me that making my stash of yarn all tidy and accounting for it in the Ravelry website is almost as enjoyable for me as knitting it up!
But I fall down on the job in the organization of my yarn scraps. I often toss loosely wound partial skeins into a large plastic bin. As I rummage around looking for certain colors, the scraps become unwound and knotted together until eventually I have a real mess on my hands. They can sit there neglected and matted together for months until I finally gather the motivation to spend a day making sense of it all!
I delight in scrappy projects – I’m sure I’ve done more than the usual amount, because all those colorful little pieces against one another just make me happy. Scrap happy! 😀
Planning and putting together the color combinations that flow and enhance one another is an enjoyable pastime for this painter/knitter/yarn lover. Color inspires me and I’m always surprised by those happy accidents – colors that you never would have thought to put together – neither analgolous or complementary, yet still are somehow better together than alone.
For worsted yarns, winding them up on a nostepinne creates compact little center pull balls that are easy to knit from and don’t unravel. You can sort them into baskets or bowls by fiber, color or even project so they’re ready to use. The bonus is that they’re lovely stored together this way. I collect bowls and enjoy filling them with colorful little yarn balls and displaying them together. I have a small nostepinne, suitable for winding up crochet cotton or fingering yarn and a larger one that I use for winding worsted weight and thicker yarns.
Here’s a video showing how to wind a center pull ball on a nostepinne. I must admit that you can use any longish thin item to wind on – a wooden spoon, a broomstick. But using fine old fashioned tools such as these is so satisfying.
Hope this helps you manage all those lovely scraps!
I’d love to see your display of yarn scraps in Simply Notable’s Crafty Community on facebook. Hope to see you in the group!