Every keen knitter has a bit of a wool stash hidden somewhere; some may be bigger than others but each one needs a safe, convenient and readily-accessible place to be stored.
Many people have no specific place for their craft stash, letting it slowly creep across the living room, dining table or conservatory. And if you live with anyone else, the chances are that they get pretty fed up with edging round your piles of wool too.
So if you’ve ever needed to find a better place to store you wool stash, this article is for you.
What makes the perfect wool stash storage?
We don’t know about you but for us there are three main qualities that make up the perfect storage solution for a wool stash. It must be 1) easily accessible 2) out of the way and 3) neatly displayed. Below we have shared some of our favourite creative ideas on how to store your wool stash.
Convert an old shoe box
An old shoe box is the perfect place to stash your wool; easy to separate into colour schemes and stackable too, using old shoe boxes can really help to tidy things up.
However, shoe boxes aren’t transparent so that can make it more difficult to find the ball of wool you want. A great way to get round this is to punch several holes along the side, and taking the end of each ball of wool, threading it through the hole. This allows you to access the wool without taking the lid off, and you will also be able to see at a glance what wool is housed where.
If you don’t have a spare shoebox, we bet you have a few tissue boxes lying around? Once they’re empty they will be perfect for storing your wool stash and will fit nicely on the shelves in your craft room.
Pretty yet functional
If you have the space to hang a large peg board on the back of the door, you have the instant crafty storage device.
Attach the large pegboard to the back of the door, and then simply arrange your wool by pushing the spoke of the peg through the centre of the wall. The benefit to this storage option is that it looks very pretty whilst being functional too.
Recycling old storage
There lots of different types of recycled bags and boxes that could be of use in helping to keep your wool stash under control, you just have to think creatively.
Old mesh bags from onions are great as they allow you to store entire batches together in one neat bundle, but are entirely visible too.
Similar to the peg board idea; recycling old canisters and gluing their base to a board, leaving them jutting out at a 90 degree angle provides excellent storage which is space efficient and accessible too.
Funnels or bottles cut in half can be used in the same way too; provide enough room for the yarn to be threaded through the funnel or bottle top and hey presto! You have a homemade storage board.
Out of sight
If you don’t have the room to store your wool in plain view, there are lots of different storage options which can help your yarn to avoid becoming a big tangled mess.
Hanging canvas clothes organisers that go in wardrobes are great for separating colours. Lightweight and easily accessible, you could have your wool stash today and out of sight.
Over the door plastic shoe holders offer a similar solution.
A unique solution
Rather than throw all your yarn into a plastic box, you could use a basket instead. But the twist here is that the basket is made by you!
There are lots of patterns available which will allow you to either crochet or knit a large, self-supporting basket. What better place to store your balls of yarn?
Repurpose your old jars
An easy way to store your wool stash is in old jam jars. Wash them out and then pierce a hole in the lid using either a drill or hammer and nail. All you need to do then is pop your wool inside and leave the end poking through the hole in the top of the lid. Repurposed jam jars are perfect for keeping your wool accessible and tangle-free.
Canvas shoe organisers are ideal for using as wool storage. Simply hang one on the back of your craft room door and organise your wool in each compartment. The great thing about using a canvas shoe organiser to store your wool is that it is portable – allowing you to move it from room to room, depending on where you feel like doing your knitting!
Use clothes pegs
Are you one of those people that like to keep every scrap of spare wool in case it comes in use? Keep it all neat and tidy by wrapping it around clothes pegs. You can then peg them onto your shoe organiser or the top of your handmade basket, depending on what you are using to store the rest of your wool stash.
With space at a premium for many households, trying to find the time to be creative over storage can be difficult. Hopefully some of the ideas above have inspired you to come up with your own crafty solution. And why limit it to wool? How about inner tubes from kitchen rolls to store your needles? The choices really are endless….