How to store wool in a better way

Update: 01-03-2022
Abst: Once again a new yarn has made into your home. First you admire it a little, and then? What's the best place to put it in until it finds its way onto ...
Once again a new yarn has made into your home. First you admire it a little, and then? What's the best place to put it in until it finds its way onto the needles? Will it stay in the paper bag you carried it home in?We all love the sight when entering a beautiful wool shop full of yarns, sorted on the shelves by colour and weight. The open shelves are an invitation for us to admire and caress them. Wouldn't that be nice in our living room, or even better in our specially reserved knitting room?Pretty, yes - but we strongly advise against it except for short-term storage. Light and dust can damage the wool quite quickly. The colours fade over time and unevenly!Dust can slowly and unobtrusively spread on and inside he balls and hanks. And let´s not mention those hungry and very destructive !A common storage place used to be the handcraft basket. But storing wool and yarn in baskets is also not a good solution in the long term.


As in the open shelf, light and dust as well as predators have an easy game at damaging the wool. Braided baskets also often have pointed edges on the inside at the attachment points of the braids, in which the yarns can get caught and in the worst case, tear or split.So, how do you keep the yarns away from light and dust? Should you keep them in dark cardboard boxes? This is actually quite practical, especially if you ordered the yarn online and it will arrive in a box! But be careful: while the yarns won't get dusty or faded, moths looking for a suitable nursery for their offspring will not be bothered by a cardboard box. They will find a way in and settle inside nicely。So, it's not the ideal solution either.Storage in cloth bags is only recommended for shorter periods of time because depending on how tightly the fabric is woven, dust will get in over time. And even if you use “Project Bags,” that is, special bags with zippers, they do not offer any reliable protection against moths.

A cloth bag is only suitable for a short time, for example, while you are working on a project.The so-called zip-lock bags are a great way to store wool and yarn safely. The contents are protected from dust and even moths cannot get to them (at least as long as the bag is intact and completely closed). If the bags are then stored in a closet protected from light, there is a "thumbs up" when it comes to the safety of the wool.Plastic once again - yes, but not in the disposable version. Plastic boxes with lids are best suited to store yarns at home. These are available in a wide variety of sizes.

If you stay with semi-worsted yarn one manufacturer, the boxes can be stacked perfectly on top of each other and you can make the best possible use of the space in the closet. Many standard boxes are also transparent so that you can see what is inside at a glance. And if you have no space in the closet but “only” a shelf, the damage that UV light can cause is significantly reduced compared to storage without protection. Dust does not get in, and as long as the lid is closed, there are no moths or other predators. If you then put a few drops of our in the box (just pour a few drops on a paper towel or, even, on one of the yarn labels), then your stash is safe and well protected until the yarns make their way to your needles!