Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Needle Storage

      I've been knitting since I was 12.  Not constantly but off and on for almost 50 years. I don't have a set of interchangeables but I have lots of individual circulars and straights.  Since I never knew what I had, whenever I'd find a sale I buy needles regardless of the size. Storage has always been a problem.   Last year I bought this, thinking I'd use it for circular Addis.  It's cute, but I didn't find it practical. I keep my straights in a vase I bought in Vegas especially for them.  I had been keeping my circulars in a binder with the needles in document protectors.  It worked until I dropped the binder and all the needles fell out.
      A couple of weeks ago at Sit and Stitch one of the women had a zipped binder from Knit Picks.  It had individual zipped pockets for needles and room for loads of needles.  Alas, Knit Picks doesn't make it anymore.
      A friend suggested a fishing binder.  It's really called a Worm Binder.  It comes in several sizes and replacment pages are readily available.  During the first half of the game Sunday, I set it up and labled the individual pockets.  I love it.  All my circulars (or all that I can find) are finally in one place.  I don't have to worry about them falling out and there's room for other needles that I'm sure are lurking in project bags. I'll admit it was scary to finally see how many needles I actually have!
       I found this at the local outdoor store.  WalMart and Kmart didn't have them.  Prices range from $9.99 to $29.99.  Replacement pages are $5.99 for 10.  The largest size comes with 20 pages.  I have 40 pages so far.  When I get back to the store, I'll pick up additional pages as I'm also going to store my DPNs in here.  There are also lots of pockets for notions.  It fits in the tote bag I carry most often.  One word of caution, check the binder rings before you leave the store.  I had to return the first one as one of the rings was broken.  I'm going to replace all the rings as I think they are flimsy, but that's the only drawback to an otherwise great bag.
      Now I need to find a way to store my crochet hooks.  I've been crocheting since I was 7!



Araignee said...

Brilliant! Mine are all in a jumble and it is driving me crazy. I am going on the lookout for a similar system asap.

Spinster Beth said...

I see you changed your blog ... love the new colors.

I had the worst time organizing my circs. I finally bought a pocketed knitpicks binder. I have so many!

Deb said...

If you need bags in a hurry, you can take some qt zipper bags (like ziploc), punch holes in them and put them in the binder.

Just a tip..

elle3270 said...

I love the vase for the straight needles. Great idea.

creativelymotivated said...

This is perfect for needle storage. Glad you finally found something that works.