This is just a small portion of my stash. I spent an hour in the attic yesterday, intending to just pull out the yarn for a couple of projects. I'm distractable, though, so I ended up digging through boxes, tubs, and trunks of fabric & fiber. Fun, fun, fun! I found bags of bargains I'd forgotten about. Wow, it was just as much fun as the shopping the first time around, but I didn't have to spend any more money. I ended up with this big pile at the bottom of the attic ladder.
Wow, what a mess! I left it there for a while. Then I tossed it all into a big box. And thought about how frustrating it would still be to pull out a skein and start the whole process all over again...you know the questions...was the pattern in the book on the shelf or in an issue of Cast-on? And wasn't there more somewhere?
My solution? Zip-lock bags! I packaged the yarn & patterns together into kits, then sorted the kits by type. One box for sweaters. Another for vests. A third for hats, hands & foot stuff. I'm so proud (and somewhat unsettled by the thought that I may be turning into my grandmother.)