I prefer to keep the tools and projects for each particular hobby separated if I can help it. It’s easier for me to find my things if they are kept in the same place every time. That’s why I’ve got a bag for just about each craft:
A rolling bag to travel with the sewing machine and sewing projects
A rolling bag to travel with several knitting projects
A bag to travel with beads and jewelry projects
Several bags/rolling totes holding scrapbooking/card making supplies
3 different sized craft tool caddies (Tote-ally Cool Totes)
A small needle work bag
I use my favorite craft carry-all primarily for knitting at home, but also for knitting and other small projects I want to take on the go.
Since I’ve picked up knitting in 2007/2008 and crafting since way back when I’ve acquired quite a library of books.
Before I go on, I confess. There is another Expedit bookshelf involved and it houses my books and magazines for all my other crafty interests. I was all about the patterns (knitting, sewing, inspiration for jewelry). I wanted to make everything! I was wowed and inspired by the beautiful pictures and fabulous designs.
As far as knitting is concerned, I got a little itch (which I haven’t scratched quite yet) to attempt knitwear design for myself so I moved on to stitchionaries and books on design help. As the slots began to fill on those last two rows, I knew it was time to wrap up the collection and start focusing more on creating projects and enjoying the creation process instead of collecting. After those last two adds below, I’ve been pretty much done with buying craft books. I still get the urge to buy a book once in a while when I see something I like (Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters *drool*) and I still indulge in the occasional magazine, but I must respect the space limitations!
Around the web I’ve found several fellow bloggers who have participated in a 30 Day Crafting Challenge. This challenge encourages you to post (mostly photos) in your crafting blog for an entire month on 30 different craft related topics of your chosing. I never posted the list I generated because I wasn’t sure I would ever get around to participating, but here I am ready and eager to share with you all some of the behind the scenes of my favorite hobbies.
There’s always a stash. Which one are we talking? The most manageable of the stashes, I think, is my stash for jewelry making. It takes up the least amount of space. The most unmanageable and out of control stash of all is the fabric stash. I don’t even want to talk about that one. Right there in between is the yarn stash. What keeps it from getting out of control? Besides money…SPACE. There is just not enough space to hold anymore. I have 6 full bins (one not pictured) that fit into the Expedit bookcase. For the past year or so, I’ve vowed to use only items I own instead of going out to buy something new unless its something to finish a current project or it’s the full amount of yarn for the next project I’m about to start. No more stashing! Of course I’ve broken that rule a few times, but thankfully it’s still contained.