Best way to store yarn?

I have a question about storing yarn (in this case wool and alpaca).  I have yarn for future projects and I am wondering about the best way to store it?  Any suggestions?  In plastic?  Never in plastic?  In some type of herbal insect repellant?  Any responses would be appreciated.

4 Replies to “Best way to store yarn?”

  1. Hi, Gail. I’ve been storing my yarns and ANY fiber that comes in the door in either zip plastic bags or plastic bins. Years ago, I stored it in a wooden trunk with cedar blocks and bags of fresh lavender. It got a few moths in it, so it ALL went in the trash. Since then, I’ve learned to quarantine ALL fiber as it comes in the house. I’ve never had any troubles since. For 5 years now, I’ve had no problems with using heavier plastic bags. The fiber has all held up well, etc.
    The one thing to keep in mind is raw/unprocessed fiber. If it’s still fresh from the sheep, storing it with the lanolin, the lanolin will become stiff or harden. And smell, too.
    Those are my personal experiences. I’m curious to see what everyone else has to say.
    I’m sure Betsy, having a shop full of yarn, has some valuable experience and advice.

  2. I like the quarantine approach.

    For the most part, I just leave mine out on shelves so I can enjoy looking at them.
    I put the “overspill” in clear tupperware containers so I can enjoy looking at them.
    Do you notice a theme here?!

    I’m really interested in hearing what Betsy, who has the biggest stash ever, says.

  3. I keep 95% of my wools in plastic tubs – Rubbermaid and Sterlite. I always make sure they are airtight/bug inaccessible by adding bungie cords for double security. If they have handles, check to see that those handles don’t have holes anywhere around them. I have found some styles do and they allow entrance right into the tub. I do know you don’t want to have wool in both bags and tubs at the same time. Too much of a chance for moisture to set in. Learned this from a gentleman who has LOTS of wool to worry about. I keep them on shelves in our basement but I believe we are in the very small percentage of New England homes with a naturally dry basement.

    I totally get the need to “look” at fibers and visit my basement frequently to do so. I know you all understand when others would just shake their heads.

  4. I think the best way to store yarn is off-site so no one knows how much you have stashed. Failing that, I once read a clever article suggesting storing yarn in zippered garment bags or stuffing the sleeves of suit coats. You could also take a green approach and use reclaimed appliances often left curbside. That requires a basement however, so refer to Margaret’s invaluable tips. If you’ve had it with cooking, no need for a basement. Just unplug your stove and dishwasher et voila.

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