My yarn chart is really nothing worth sharing but I’ll give you a little hint of how I did it. For those not familiar with Ravelry, it’s a membership type group. It’s free to join. For yarn lovers, there’s a wealth of information there. Lots of free patterns, lots of reasonably priced patterns you can buy and download instantly. There are forums. Members can set up a “notebook”:
I’ve actually done a horrible job of keeping up with my notebook. The first pair of socks shown was 50% completed when I last updated and both have been finished for months. The second yarn shown is completely finished now. I should do better but that isn’t a big priority.
You can also list your entire stash with photos:
I find loading the photos a hassle because I don’t use Flickr enough to be real familiar with it. I don’t really need to see pictures of my yarn, I just need to know how much of what yarns I have so that when I’m going through the Ravelry patterns, and I see something I want to try to make, I’ll know if I have a yarn, and a sufficient amount.
The spreadsheet I made is just a Google spreadsheet. I can access it from anywhere, even my cell phone or iPad. Right off the bat, I’ll know what I have in my stash without having to go through pages of photos. If I see a yarn in my stash and I’m not real sure what color it might be . . say Bugga in the color “Love Bug”, then I can just go to Ravelry and search under yarn, Bugga, Love Bug and come up with lots of photos:
And I’ll know right away that Love Bug is a tone on tone pink.
For my spreadsheet, I started several columns with the yarns that I have the most of – Bugga, Wollmeise 100% wool and Wollmeise Twin. Here are some snippets of the spreadsheet just to give you an idea of what I did:
Next, I added little sections for the other yarns:
It’s just for my own use and I think it will help me. I do feel like I have a better idea of what I have and I think I can knit all the way through 2011 without feeling the need to order yarn!