March 30, 2011

Day 3: Tidy mind, tidy stitches.

How do you keep your yarn wrangling organized? It seems like an easy to answer question at first, but in fact organization exists on many levels. Maybe you are truly not organized at all, in which case I am personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are organized, blog about an aspect of that organization process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organized stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry.

I may not always be tidy, but I am organized. I believe that everything has it's place. It just might not always be there. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I have a love/hate relationship with organizing. I love the shelves of alphabetized DVD's and books. Plus all those little drawers, baskets and what-not you can find at the container store just get me excited with the possibilities.

The reality is some what different. I like to make a home for everything and sometimes it's there, but I've found that the more I use something the less likely it is to stay in it's home. I have huge mountains of books, knitting projects/patterns, yarn, paperwork and my camera all piled around my rocker in the living room. Kind of scary and the worst is when people are coming over and I have to clean it up. I can't find anything when I pick it up and put it away!

I was having a hard time keeping track of all of my circular needles and I found the coolest thing recently that I thought I'd share with you.


I found this scrapbook container at Meijer of all places. There may be something like it at the craft stores, but I try and avoid those places unless absolutely necessary. It's a little bigger than my scrapbook albums and opens up to show all these cute pockets. I think they're 4x6 and there are 12 pockets (6 on each side). I'm guessing that they were designed to hold stickers, photo mats or diecuts, but it works great for my needles.

I labeled the inside of each pocket with a needle size and have added all my circs to their appropriate spot. I have no problem mixing different lengths since those are easy to see at a glance, but separating the sizes has been great. I even discovered that I had no size 4 or 6 needles. How is that possible?

7 comments:

  1. Thats a great idea for circular needles.

    They are such a pain. But I love them anyway.

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  2. Love the circular needle case! I will have to keep my eyes open for one like that!

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  3. That's a great idea! I keep my ciculars in needle roll but they seem to have their own dynamic and tend to slip out of it.

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  4. It's definitely hard to keep stuff in it's home when you're constantly using it.

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  5. I love the way you are keeping your circular needles. I shall have a look in my local craft shop next time I visit to see if I can find something similar. Thanks!

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  6. Good idea!

    No more tangled needles :-)

    Thanks for posting.

    ~Val

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