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fiddlestix
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Posted - 11/29/2005 :  08:35:23 AM  Show Profile Send fiddlestix a Private Message
I am in serious need of stash management. I have a playroom which also doubles as yarn "studio". Problem is, I'm going to have to either corral the yarn or give away the kids' toys!!! I was thinking of putting my yarn in "space bags" and then into a pine chest of drawers that's in the room. I'm wondering, though, if once the bags are opened, will the yarn "spring" back to life. If you've tried this method of storage, please give me some input and let me know how long you stored your yarn this way. I would appreciate any advice. (and so will the kids - their toys are riding on this!) Just kidding.

probablyjane
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Posted - 11/29/2005 :  08:40:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit probablyjane's Homepage Send probablyjane a Private Message
I was talking to someone who sells ends of lines from the factory and he was telling me that he once bought 5 tons of mohair packed under pressure on a pallet. Once opened it sprang into the room like one of those automatically inflating liferafts, filling the whole space with little hairy balls - so on the strength of that anecdote, yes, I think it does come back to life....

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achrisvet
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Posted - 11/29/2005 :  11:34:34 AM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message
Personally, I think you should give away the toys.

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mokey
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Posted - 11/29/2005 :  11:46:09 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
I've had yarn in space bags for ages with no adverse effects.

Perhaps you and your kids can both use this as an opportunity to do some winter cleaning? For every toy they give away, you give away a couple balls of yarn?

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booglass
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Posted - 11/29/2005 :  4:04:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit booglass's Homepage Send booglass a Private Message
Depends on the yarn and the whether it is in a ball or skein/hank thingy. What you will need is a volunteer to roll around on your space bag to get as much air out as humanly possible.

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fiddlestix
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Posted - 12/04/2005 :  07:41:47 AM  Show Profile Send fiddlestix a Private Message
Thanks for the input. I may try this on a few non-essential skeins of different fibers and see how they come out. Sorta like a time capsule project!
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WendyB
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Posted - 12/04/2005 :  1:27:56 PM  Show Profile Send WendyB a Private Message
Today I've been managing my own stash, and I've been using the Hefty jumbo 2.5-gallon ziploc plastic bags with "soda straw" method (sucking out the air). I know it wasn't a long-time test, but I tried it and then opened the bag, and by what I see, it seems like it would be no problem, and they will all come back to life. They've been squished by other yarns in their storage bin for up to a year and a half anyway, and don't seem flattened because of it. I say go for it (the space bags).

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fmarrs
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Posted - 12/04/2005 :  1:31:45 PM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
I've never found that squishing did any harm to yarn. However, rolling it into tight balls does. It stretches the yarn and then when it is knit up, it goes back to its original size and your garment is too small. My problem is that I go through my stash too often to make space bags practical.

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Rho
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Posted - 12/16/2005 :  5:40:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit Rho's Homepage Send Rho a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by probablyjane

I was talking to someone who sells ends of lines from the factory and he was telling me that he once bought 5 tons of mohair packed under pressure on a pallet. Once opened it sprang into the room like one of those automatically inflating liferafts, filling the whole space with little hairy balls



Ok - so am I the only one dating myself when I say I had immediate visions of tribbles with this description. Please tell me it crossed your mind also Please.............

rho
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gulf knitter
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  3:24:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit gulf knitter's Homepage Send gulf knitter a Private Message
Oh, yes. I thought of tribbles.
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Atavistic
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  3:25:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
I can't imagine that yarn isn't often shipped squished down--saves money (fewer shipments).

Amanda

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ydpubs
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Posted - 01/03/2006 :  11:43:36 AM  Show Profile Send ydpubs a Private Message
quote:
Ok - so am I the only one dating myself when I say I had immediate visions of tribbles with this description. Please tell me it crossed your mind also Please.............



You are not alone. That is one of my all time favorite shows from the original series. When Shatner opens that hatch and is bombarded by Tribbles, I cried from laughing. Then, as he's standing there, someone from up above is pelting him with a few. HAAA!!
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