I love storage. It’s so orderly, in much the same way knitting can be. Just as each knitted stitch falls into place among its sister stitches, my needles have a home and a place they belong. I think that carefully storing my crafting equipment is a way of respecting myself. These are my tools, with them I accomplish things that make me proud. Why wouldn’t I want to take care of them?
It doesn’t hurt that knitters acquire a lot of paraphenalia. Straight, circular, double-pointed, bamboo, aluminum, nickel, plastic, casein– that’s only knitting needles! Then there’s darning needles for weaving in ends, t-pins and wires for blocking, needle sizers and stitch markers and crochet hooks and stitch holders and on and on. My feeling has always been that a tool is useful if it allows you to accomplish your goal without distraction. So my needles are only useful if I can find them, quickly and easily, when I want them. Otherwise, the tool is interfering with the creative process.
So how do I store my stuff? I keep my circular needles, straight needles and DPNs separate. To store my DPNs, I got the cutest DPN holder from Etsy seller Sarah Kincheloe. It has a cheerful, not-quite-seventies retro flair that always makes me smile. Plus, it has a clasp to keep it rolled shut, and multiple layers of fabric to keep me from getting poked and to protect delicate bamboo needles from snapping.
Isn’t it cute?
I wrote the numbers on with a Sharpie. The pouch is cleverly designed, with little narrow pockets for your teeny weeny needles and bigger pockets for those size 10 tree trunks, and the obligatory top flap so nothing falls out when it’s rolled up.
Yes, those are crochet hooks. Crochet hooks are cheap, and come in handy in many situations. That’s the one thing I envy crocheters– their equipment seems so much simpler. Of course, now a crocheter is going to come along and set me straight.
I love my DPN holder; it’s small, compact, brightly colored and now I don’t have to worry about losing my precious and dangerously pointy needles! I have definitely found myself using more DPNs now that they are so conveniently and easily to hand.
Tomorrow: Straights, and How to Make Your Own Needle Holder.