When something works, it is an amazing thing, so I thought I would share such an experience. I don’t know about you, but over the years I have struggled with how to organize my myriad of knitting needles. Because I like to knit upstairs with other humanoids, a lot of my knitting paraphernalia has migrated to the family room. This has created aggravation for everyone!
I used to store all my knitting needles, etc. in one large box. Each size needle had its own labelled zip-lock bag. This meant that every time I finished using a needle, I would have to hunt for its bag, and place it into the bag. Do you think this ever happened? No. SO, every so often, I would spread the mess out on the floor and “organize” my needles — trying to sort them and place them into their respective bags. This task was so daunting that it happened very rarely. It always looked like a knitting bomb went off in our family room.
I knew something had to change — and it did, and it works! I went to JoAnn Fabrics in search of some kind of drawer system. My plan was to have a drawer for every 2-3 needles sizes. I ended up with 4 sizes per drawer:
This drawer system is made for scrapbooking. The drawers slide out and have an attached, snap on lid. I thought I would be completely annoyed by the lid, but I love it. I also wasn’t sure at first how I would like to mix the needles together, but the way I did it works out wonderfully — as I start a new project, I grab the drawer with the likely suspects. All the needle lengths are there and the next size up or down for swatching. When I am done using a needle, I just need to put it into the right drawer, which takes a second, vs trying to find one particular baggie. Because it is so easy, I actually do it!! Yay!
Every drawer has a needle sizer, so I never have to look for one. I have one drawer for dpns, and one for all of my random accessories:
The Altoid tins hold pins
The cart rolls out of sight into a closet. I’m sure many of you developed your own great system far sooner than I, but I am a little slow on the uptake. All I know is that my system is working, my family room is in control, and I no longer have to listen to people complain about the knitting mess. Woo Hoo!
I can also share another very small FO. I made a pair of Fetching Glovelets for my niece for Christmas using less than one skein of Cascade Dolce yarn, Color 959. These knit up very quickly of course, and make a cute gift:
I’m making another pair in dark blue Dolce and trimmed in silver gray silk for my youngest daughter — last year I made her a pair in butter-soft cashmere, but now she wants her school colors. Okay, anything you say, Princess! 😉