Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

2 Ways to Store Paper Patterns

I make a lot of my own paper patterns. I prefer not to fold patterns if I can.


For large skirts and dresses, pattern drafts, pattern nests and anything really large I roll it up and store it upright.



Patterns with small pieces I store in plastic envelopes in arch lever files. I've tried many different ways over the years and this method keeps them clean, but full of folds. 

Sometimes I'll roll up a pattern but file the facings, plackets, pockets etc.

I'd love to have everything beautifully labelled, maybe one day. My patterns are getting to the stage where I probably need to create an index of some sort.

How do you store your patterns?