Thursday, April 2, 2009

I Organized My Yarn Stash!

Cleaning up my yarn collection was an all day project! Yes, with the wedding just a week and a half away, the push is on to get my scarf and Fringie photo prop studio pretty enough to wow out of town relatives. ;)

I worked all day today and I'm pleased with the results! I now have at least one of every yarn I own in ONE ROOM (and some backstock organized in cupboards in another room by color)!

Below are pictures, one wall at a time, of my newly beautified workspace.

As you enter the room and turn to your left, you'll see my neutrals, one of a kind smooth yarns and samples of each multicolor, textured yarn:



Next we see a huge shelf loaded with backstock of smooth yarns (this is where I pull out up to 34 yarns at a time to make fringe tassels, Fringe-O-Rama Scarves or Fringies). To the left are some of the flowers I use for my U Pick 'Em flowered boas. Below the shelf are some backstock and ribbon yarns:



Here we see my not-so-organized desk aka "packaging station." It, uh, didn't get organized today. Martian Manhunter can be seen in the upper left, casting a friendly and watchful eye over the process (we christened the cricket "Legs," he's the mascot from Mulan & was a birthday present from Nicky):



Lastly, yet more backstock, more ribbon yarns, the matrix/ladder yarns I use to make my See Through Lightweights line of scarves, "kits" of yarn I use for Fringies and Fringe-O-Ramas and...drumroll, please...finished product (scarves)!! Here we are:



Hope you enjoyed the little tour...yes, it may look like mess, mess and more mess. Still, it's all set up in a way that makes sense to me and will allow me to work more quickly and efficiently!

32 comments:

B.J. Anderson said...

You are my hero!

Heather said...

Hey Celeste, Thanks for letting us see a sneak peek behind the scenes. Wow, it looks so great. I love seeing it. I don't think of it as mess, but as inspiration! Wonderful! Best, Heather :)

Brenda // Phydeaux said...

How fun to see this peak into your life! And cute Cricket on your desk! xo

Judy Elizabeth said...

Celeste, do you hear my clapping! Yay!...I love it when I am organized...and every time I organize, I sware I will keep it that way...but do I??? Not always...but isn't it wonderful to just have everything in view to see what you have!! Congrats!
hugs to you...judyelizabeth

Veganosaurus said...

Way to go! :)

Tammie Lee said...

Hi Celeste,
It is fun to see how you have your set up. So colorful and inspiring to have all that yarn at your finger tips to mix and match and create with. Have fun!
Tammie

The High Plains Knitter said...

I want to touch every ball. That's what I do when I go yarn shopping. I spend forever just touching and brainstorming. I could spend days with your yarn. Great job!

purplecat said...

Great to see your stash!
Hey its not art if there is no mess...lol

veganessa said...

I love it, and just like High Plains Knitter, says I just want to touch them all. wonderful colours and textures. And wow, wedding so near, how time flies. I can't wait to see the wedding photos.

sally said...

celeste, I love seeing all the yarn, mine is in baskets by type and you only get that yarn rush when you pull out a basket and plunge in your hand, I am going to try blogging just so I can take and show pix of my "room". Sally

panda with cookie said...

Only a week and a half to your wedding!
Congrats on the organizing.

Crochet Creations by Dottie Scher said...

LOve it! You are my inspiration. I have two rooms of yarn upstairs - when the days get longer, about 26 hours instead of 24, I'll get around to organizing it. Until then, I dig. Dottie

JulieWebb Photography+Design said...

Yay, good for you Celeste! Cleaning up our workspaces is usually directly related to our peace of mind so I'm sure you must feel great. This week I sorted out all the photos I sell on my computer, it's not so obvious as a room but I feel so fantastically organised now!

Wow, not long to your special day! How exciting! :)

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Hee hee, thanks so much for your comments, everyone! :)

Yes, I'll soon be posting WEDDING PICS--woo hoo!

Hugs,
Celeste (Crickets)

crochetgal said...

Wow!! Your stash looks great! Do you want to organize mine? Just kidding...

Yvonne Hands said...

Wow that's fabulous. Very inspirational with all the colors on view like that. I want a dedicated space too - lol

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Yvonne, what do you do with your supplies right now??
C

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Ha ha HA, Valerie (crochetgal)! i don't think I'd make a very good professional organizer, lol.
C

Aguavino said...

That's awesome, Celeste! I do the same thing with my work space every couple of months-- otherwise I can't get anything done with all the clutter.

Now if we could only see the BEFORE pictures :)

Lo Christine said...

Impressive!!

JE NN Y K INS! said...

I heart the organization! I think when I come to visit I'll be in the middle of the room, pulling this and that and then looking at you, begging to be taught how to knit. And if you don't wanna teach me, I'll have my crochet hooks on standby!
I love ya honey!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Better bring yer hooks 'cause I'm not so hot at verbalizing as a teacher! ;)

Love ya right backs,
C

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Word to Lynn (Aquavino): Before pictures??! Notgonnahappen. ;)

Nicholas Meyeres said...

I am so proud of my Crickets for a million reasons! Of course, I will admit, it took me a long time to realize it is not 'clutter' I saw, but rather, 'work spaces'... 'work spaces' in the bedroom, 'work spaces' in the office, 'work spaces' in the kitchen, 'work spaces' in the living room.... ;)

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Ha. Ha. Ha, Mr. Funnypants. ;) It's not easy living with a creative genius, is it?

Love you!
Celeste (your Crickets)

ennadoolf said...

I thought my stash was organized until I couldn't find a colour I knew I had! I did find it eventually because I remembered that not all my stash is in one place yet. Kudos on your accomplishment!!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thanks, Anne! Yes, I had a few "reality check" incidents that let me know it was time for a major overhaul! ;)
Celeste (Crickets)

Katharine Yuan said...

Awesome! I'm impressed that you got it done in one day! I set out to do the same thing (with before and after pics) and I never really finished. (This was a few weeks ago!)
I didn't realize that you had so many supplies in stock!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thanks, Katharine! I was joking earlier that there's no way anyone was gonna see before pics, lol! ;)
Celeste (Crickets)

Scrap It Up (a.k.a. Kendahl) said...

WOW you have a lot of yarn! :) Thanks for commenting on my feature over at CraziBeautiful, and congrats on the wedding!

knittergirl said...

Celeste, your yarn stash looks amazing! It must be a great feeling to have it all organized like that. And much easier to find what you are looking for, huh?

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Yes, much easier to find what I'm looking for and make color/design decisions! :)
Celeste (Crickets)