In February I felt like my stash was going to eat me alive if I didn’t tame it. I asked all of you how you organize your spinning stash and here’s what you said.
- A few people ‘don’t have a very big stash’ and just spin for projects. Clearly this lifestyle will not work for me.
- Most spinners sort by fiber, keeping commercially prepped and fleeces separate.
- A couple of you sort by color and one person said she sorts by dyer.
- A bunch of you have your whole (or most of it) stash on Ravelry. That seems like a crazy amount of work.
- Lots of Knitty spinners use big Rubbermaid bins that are numbered for easy fiber finding.
- The spinners closest to my heart have their stashes stashed all over the house.
No one mentioned using a spreadsheet to keep track of fiber. I do that with my teaching fiber and am considering it for my personal fiber too. I think bins are the way to go. Right now, I’m inclined to sort by dyer in the instances I have a lot by a particular one. But other than that I’ll sort by fiber.
Here’s my next stash-based question – What do you do with fiber that is not so great anymore? Fiber that is compacted or in a color or fiber you aren’t too fond of any longer? Do you give it away or trade with other spinners? Combine it into new colorways or make batts or, gasp, just chuck it?
Inquiring spinners want to know!