A few weeks ago I explained with annoyance my horribly unorganized needles and hooks (and offered up a chart to print out and mark down what hooks and needles you have). Thanks to your feedback and ideas, I just about have everything under control. First I redressed a small set of drawers. And now today, I’ve made a series of envelopes for my double pointed needles and circular needles. I’ve been thinking about hole punching the circular ones and putting them into a binder, but I almost think a better option could be filing them in a box by size.
I really like these envelopes because 1)They are just the right size & 2)They have folding tabs that lock into place and unlock with ease. Oh and they are made with old paper bags! Even Better!
Download the Double Pointed Needle Envelopes Here (pdf).
Download the Circular Needle Envelopes Here (pdf).
There are instructions for preparing your paper, printing, and assembly on each download. It says paper bags, but you can use any scrap paper. Thicker will last longer though and the tabs will work better. I would say no heavier than cardstock though.
So now that I have my needles and hooks in order, it’s time to announce the winners of the ReOrganize Prize!
I decided to have two winners as they both really influenced my thinking on the subject. I would send you all little goodies, but I can’t afford all that postage, so two is better than one!
So first place goes to:
Heather who says:
Duplicates is a big problem of mine- but the bigger issue is works in progress. Both of these issues have been “resolved” by an investment in Knit Pick needles. I can now keep the cables/tips well organized and take the tips off of projects leaving on the cables without having to switch to waste yarn, etc. I bought a second book for my other circular needles. More and more I am realizing that I am NOT a straight needle person- those I keep in a drawer and as they are labeled and color coded, finding them is not too difficult. I have the most issue with my DPNs- for those I use those “pig tail” holders for some and these cool card board cyclindars (also found at Knit Picks).
As for using what you have, I wonder if you could make your own compartmentalized zippered bags by using the sealer on a vaccuum bag sealer to melt the layers together? Freezer bags are more durable and with reinforced eyelets, I bet they would be sturdy enough for you to make a notebook for circulars.
My crochet hooks are kept in a drawer and cases. At this point I KNOW I have enough e-i hooks not to ever buy another and still have a few stashed in each pencil cup at my home and office- I’m amazed at how often I need a little crochet hook for something!
I really liked her suggestion for the drawer and it pushed me to just refinish mine. And then I also realized I’m not a straight needle person, so instead of putting them in a drawer, I “arranged” them in a vase like I would flowers, hehe. I do use them from time to time for teaching knitting, so I can just grab a fist full and I’m good to go. Plus since the sizes are all at one end, it’s easy to find pairs. Oh and I really liked the idea of using freezer bags and eyelets. It came down to that or envelopes and the envelops won out because of winner #2!
Janice, who says:
I have tons of needles. I used to manage a yarn store and so I have a huge yarn and needle stash. I have complete sets of knitting needles and crochet hooks in matching cases. I have a complete set of bamboo knitting needles and many, many other needles that are all standing in a 2lb. coffee can. I keep all my crochet hooks in a cylindrical container that came from Scotland with cookies in it. I keep my circular needles in size/length order in a shoe box. It is the perfect width. I also have a big tall candy jar by my ‘crafting’ chair with my most frequently used needles in it and a basket on the table by my chair with frequently used hooks etc.
Shoe box! Perfect! And, not having managed, but having worked a yarn store, I totally know what it’s like to have just about one of everything. Not quite, but close. Inox, Clover, then Addi, and Swallow were all insta impulse buys for me on pay day.
Thank you to everyone who helped me resolve my organizational issues!
And in paper related things, check out this great tutorial on how to organize your business cards over on Heart Handmade! I love the use of security envelopes and junkmail, what fun! (it’s actually organizing and envelope related too, perfect!)
And, hehe, always more ands in there, I’m going to be doing a shop clean up this week (like what I did for Green Prairie Fibers) for the Craft Leftovers Shop. Getting inventory figured out, adding all the kits I’ve made but neglected to add, etc etc etc. Spruce things up a bit you know. And then I’m going to have a big Vernal Equinox Sale there too! Hooray for sales!
And one last “and” and, haha, I’m done. I just wanted to give you a head’s up that Craft Leftovers Monthly will be going on sale Sunday, March 15th! I’ll send out a newsletter and email and such mid week this week coming up previewing it. If you aren’t signed up for the e-newsletter, there is info in the sidebar to the left.
Alright, with that, I’m finished. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday!