A few weeks
ago Rachel Biel’s comment link to the Jan-29 entry on Shetland textiles history
on TAFA-group on facebook pointed me to this wonderful blog by knitting
designer Kate Davies. As knitting has been featuring more prominently
in my life again lately as a pastime for using my hand without having to
think too much about design and composition, because the stitches somehow
happen naturally, I bookmarked Kate's blog and get the newsfeed on my blogger account
now. Browsing back a little I discovered this post on how Kate reorganized herknitting needle storage.
reminded me of my knitting needle storage, which at that point looked like
|An assortment of unassorted needle sizes, stitch samples, measuring guides...|
already is a huge improvement over how it used to look over years, when I still
held on to the long needle pairs – which I never used anymore, because it felt
much too strenuous on hands and wrists when handling those. I always use circular
needles, no matter whether I am knitting rows or rounds, or the double ended
set of five needles for socks. So when I finally got rid of the pairs I managed
to downsize to this little box, but still was always searching for the right
size of needles. And, as I never closed the cover, it was accumulating dust.
of using a pouch for fishing gear seemed tempting – but I was hesitant for two
reasons: first I did not want to spend the amount Kate mentioned on her blog,
and secondly I did not want to go into the fishers’ shop here, as the whole
town would probably be talking about it the next day, and no trip to a larger
town with more anonymous options in sight... But I was doing an order of office
supplies, leafed through the catalogue, and found another option: a number of
zip-lock bags, which I tied together, and stored in a see-through zipper pouch. One bag for the crochet
needles at the top, then the measuring guides, and then follow the bags for sizes of knitting needles, starting
at 2 mm, up to 6 mm, sometimes two bags per size, sometimes only one.
|A new sense of order is entering my knitting life!|
Serves the purpose fully. The challenge is, of course, to return needles to
their respective little bags when a piece is finished...
The stitch samples went into the second pouch out of the set of three that I ordered, for sentimental sake only.