In that case, you can whip up some pretty nifty yarn storage and project containers out of fabric. Here are some links I've found:
1. fabric bucket with square bottom
2. list of fabric buckets and boxes
3. zipper bag with a flat bottom
4. "origami" drawstring bag made from a square
5. boxy zippered bag
A good sized "bucket" for a 2AAT sock project is 15" around and 6.5" tall. For the origami bag, use a 16"-18" square (the reverse of the fabric will show, so I usually start off with a lined square).
For the buckets and zippered bags, if you use a fairly stiff interfacing they will stand up nicely. If you plan on making bigger boxes, quilting (with batting) or cardboard/plastic liners are required (the interfacing won't be strong enough to hold up the fabric). As for fabric, personally I prefer cotton or linen fabrics that are meant for upholstery, drapery, or tablecloths, which tend to be a little beefier than the cottons used for shirts and quilts. But I must admit that the eye-popping variety of quilting fabrics available today is a real draw!
Here's a little bucket that I made over the holidays from some Marimekko fabric I got as a gift (my husband went to Finland on a business trip!). I followed number 1 above with the following modifications:
- made the lining 1.75" taller than the outside, folded it to the outside, and stitched it down with a 1/4" hem.
- added a fabric tag (from the selvedge designer label) for that "designer look" (you could add a loop instead)
- left off the handles