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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Yarn containment and the fine print

My sewing/knitting/music/craft room has been a disaster area for quite some time. I literally can't get to parts of it.

In an attempt to control the chaos I purchased some baker's racks from the local craft store. They're pretty wicker shelves with ornate metal sides. It took me a while just to clear enough junk out of the way to set the dang shelves up on the designated wall. Of course it was the wall furthest from the door.

Now to actually corral my stuff and get it on the shelves. The quilting and costuming material isn't a real problem. At least it lies flat and I can stack it fairly easily.

The yarn is another matter. I have a bit of yarn. OK, I have a lot of yarn. I've been knitting for four or five years now and crocheted before that and have managed to accumulate an impressive stash. Impressive even after I've donated yarn to the women's prison a couple of times.

These are open shelves and yarn has a tendency to not lie flat like material. It will roll around, snag on the pretty wicker, and manage to make a bigger mess than its already in. I looked at pretty little baskets and bins and thought they weren't really practical for the creature that is the stash. (Besides, I'm cheap and those dang baskets were expensive.)

Then there's that so-called stroke of genius I had. I'll just go buy some of that decorative fisherman's netting from the craft store and wrap it all the way around some of the shelves, making the whole shelf a bin. A few s-hooks to keep it in place and I'll be good to go, right?

So we dashed off to the store and bought three packages of 3 x 5 foot 'decorative fisherman's netting'. Got it home and opened it up.

Here's that fine print that I missed in my rush to get things organized... 'genuine used fisherman's netting'. Make that WELL USED. This stuff smelled like it just came off the docks after lying in fish entrails for a year or so.

Not to be dismayed I grabbed a bucket and various forms of liquid soap. Lots of soaking and hot water later I was still smelling fish and still getting really skanky looking rinse water in the bucket. I finally gave up last night and let it dry out.

Yep, still stinky this morning. The three nets went into the washing machine tonight with lots of Tide and lots of liquid fabric softener. They're hanging over a rod drying out now and (fingers crossed) smell ok. Can you imagine what that would have done to my yarn?

Granted I have a few raw, unwashed fleeces waiting for some attention, but that just smells like.... well, OK, some of it is kind of strong, too. After all, unwashed sheep can be kind of fragrant. But at least I expected raw wool to smell. And I don't think fishy and sheepy yarn is really what I want to cuddle up to at night.

After all this work I still don't have anything on the shelves. Hopefully, I'll be able to make some headway this weekend. Oops, forgot that I haven't bought any s-hooks yet. Guess that means a trip to the hardware store, too.

Maybe I should have opted for those cute little baskets after all.


Anonymous Carrie K said...

Fishy and sheepie yarn! LOL! Yes, I think the combo might be a bit much. But who sells used fisherman's nets? I wouldn't have even thought to check.

4:40 PM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

We had the exact same experience with a net we purchased. I never could get the stink out, I think its in the garage or in a dump somewhere!

5:25 PM  
Blogger Traceyleezle said...

So wait, you said costuming material. As in what time period?

10:38 PM  

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