As space is the constant, I continue to ‘play’ with different configurations on how best to store my hand-knits and how best to organize the stash. Consequently, the look in the yarn room keeps changing as I now use one room and its closet for both. Questions I ask myself: How can I store my obsession without looking like a hoarder? How can I see my full stash when it is time for creating? How can I treat my hand-knits to the best care for longevity? Light in the room? And, so forth.
In drilling down for answers, I’ve been reading. Topics such as: How do you store hand-knits? Is there a special way to fold sweaters? What shelving and/or containers are best for breathability of natural fibers? I am asking these questions because my hand knits are my wardrobe. I am noticing that when I pull out a sweater I haven’t worn in a while, I am seeing fold marks. Do people steam out those fold marks? Is that healthy for the fibers? Is there a way to prevent what seems like permanent folds in a garment? You see, I can go on and on with questions like this.
In my research, I have gleaned a few common recommendations: store away clean, give space for air circulation, and keep out of direct light when storing. So, to that end, I evaluated my current system of storage and have since found ways to improve to allow for this criteria.
Store away clean has not been a problem as who in the world stores away clothes that are dirty? (mumbling) Most of my sweaters are worn with a layer underneath which helps with body sweat and such and after a duration of time in wearing, gets their due cleaning.
Give space for air circulation has gotten my attention. I have been storing my sweaters in plastic bins. Articles give this a thumbs up. So many per bin with storing the heaviest on the bottom is a good start. A way to improve on that, according to these resources, is to store and fold sweaters in that bin with tissue paper, that is, acid-free tissue paper and to fold in a particular way. Of course, I thought, as isn’t that how wedding dresses and other special care items are stored? The articles contradicted in where to put the paper, between sweaters or in the folding of them. But, I thought once I had the paper, I could ‘play’. And, play I have done. I purchased lots of packages from JoAnn Fabrics, online. Seems like they do not carry this in stores. I also learned this paper can be purchased at some dry cleaners.
Here is the paper between the sweaters.
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