Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Storage Porn.... just for Diana


Stacking cubes of organization

Diana, the Dysfunktional Knitter, frequent commentator and often inspiration for the OddBall Knittery was bemoaning the fact that her beloved Yarn Stash is, well, errrrrrrr, stashed. Strangely enough, Liz, the Bestest Friend Ever, and one of her OddBall Friends, were simultaneously moaning about the exact same thing. It might have even been a multicultural, international, cross-border, regulated by NAFTA, bipartisan moan, for all we know. But here’s the bottom line…we’ve all outgrown the RubberMaid™ containers.

The Stash, acquired with great stealth and at considerable expense, cannot be left sitting downstairs in the basement in one of those big assed plastic containers. Firstly, because all us dumb ass girls forget we bought it in the first place and we don’t remember it when we go to knit something. Secondly, I don’t know about you lot but I swear by all that is Holy and Mohair, this OddBall finds a container the size of my freezer full of yarn I have absolutely NO idea what it’s going to be when it grows up, to be a very intimidating sight. When I see those containers sitting there, my brain freezes. And my stomach churns. And I break into a feverish sweat.

Okay, maybe that last part is about the fact that I still have the flu from Hell. But the point I make is that the RubberMaid™ Grave Yard for Forgotten Yarns ain’t working no more. I need to be able to see the Stash and access the Stash and turn the Stash into actually knitted thingies of some size, shape, colour or description. And, I’m here to tell you, the knitting machine has made the Stash Issue 10 times worse because you know you’re going to whip through 50 gram in lickity-split, so you buy eight skeins of it instead of the two you would have normally bought. I was going to say "bought under saner circumstances" but then thought better of it.


Simple and accessible

So today, thinking I had recovered from the flu from Hell, leveraged my arse out of bed and off to Wal-Mart. Liz had done a reconnaissance mission early last week and had found a thing called the Towel Tower, which you have to admit, has a hellaciously impressive name. It also weighed 86 pounds and looked like one of those things that on previous excursions to the DIY side of the street, have caused me to be come perilously close to divorcing and/or beating the OddBall IT and Technical Support Division over the head with a hammer.

I ended up with these Cubic Designs things instead. They are 35 cm x 35 cm PVC coated wire racks that snap together with plastic do-hickies. Three cubes to a package which retails for $19.97 at the Wal-Mart. I would have priced them at Canuck Tire but quite frankly, my optimism about being over the flu was slightly premature and I just wanted to get home.

They go together really well, although I suspect that 95% of the ‘ease of assembly’ comes from the fact that SOME resident of the Knittery, who shall remained nameless, was out war gaming and thus I was lamentably deprived of his technical assistance.

In any event, I think they’ll work. I’m off to bed soonest. This plague has me beat to a pulp. Talk at you’se all laters; thanks for reading.

5 Comments:

At 10:42 PM, September 14, 2005, Blogger Diana said...

Okay, you've outdone me! You're getting organized and I'm still dysfunctional with knitting crap stored in rubber containers and shit spread throughout my home. The challenge is on. I'm going to fix up a knitting room and buy more porn.

 
At 10:06 AM, September 15, 2005, Anonymous the hubby said...

The reason why she is getting organized is that The IT Division has had enough of walking through the wall of death (yarn storage), tripping over stray balls of yard (spread from the bathroom to the living room) and moving yarn and needles off of every possible flat surface in the house. The final straw was when the yarn started to move into the IT Division inner sanctum, the miniatures painting table. Therefore, IT when on a cleaning binge. They lifted, moved and threw out anything that would prevent setting up a workspace.

 
At 10:20 AM, September 15, 2005, Blogger Kate, the Odd Ball Knitter said...

I so hate to admit it, but he's telling the truth.

 
At 10:27 AM, September 15, 2005, Blogger Liz said...

snort. The cubes are lovely darling. So glad I have no IT department to fall all over stuff.
I am however binge cleaning the textiles/computer studio. I am getting closer to the floor showing and the kiln moving. but I still seem to have a big assed pot on the floor of my studio that is larger than the kiln. Lee better come for it soon or I may claim it as my own!

 
At 10:51 PM, September 15, 2005, Blogger PlumpKnitter said...

I dont know whether to laugh or growl in jealously..I hate to admit it but I am still in the plastic bag faze..I havent even worked my way up into plastic containers. All the yarn goes into plastic bags, duffle bags, cute tote bags I see hanging in the stores and I cant possibly walk past without having one of my own..Every bag I have yep filled with yarn. *sighs* to be so organized with actual shelving would be a dream come true.

I hope you are feeling better.. this flu going around talk about hell. I feel for ya hun.

 

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