I have a lot of knitting needles – as no doubt many of you do too. Thor calls them”pixie sticks” – I’m not sure why, but I think it’s rather cute! I can’t remember ever seeing a picture of a pixie knitting, but I did find a Pixie Knits and Pixie Knitwear, both out of the U.K.
After a lifetime of knitting – well, you can imagine my stash of needles. (By the way, did you know Addi Turbos have a lifetime warranty? My favorite size 7 is an Addi Turbo, and the needle is dented because I shut it in the car door. I wonder if that qualifies it for a manufacturer’s replacement?)
One summer in Norway I read an article in some magazine (another one of my grandmother’s ladies’ journals) with patterns for creating my own knitting needle storage. I walked into town and bought some fabric, went home and pulled out my grandmother’s sewing machine, and made both of these: En Fast Plass (trans: one regular/secure place). My grandmother liked them too, so I walked back into town, bought more fabric, and made two more for her. When I returned to the U.S., I accidentally left mine in Norway, and my grandmother wrote to tell me she was using all four, and was that okay. (Like I was going to say no, send mine right away?!) That was the end of my needle organizing.
I keep double pointed needles and crochet hooks in a couple of cups on various bookshelves. In addition to a selection of mismatched double pointed needles, this cup also holds a pair of reading glasses, two yellow highlighters and an emery board. (I see a crochet hook and a couple of fortunes from Chinese take out next to the cup.)
For a while I tried to organize my double points into these plastic containers whose intended purpose, I believe, was as pencil boxes for school children. Well, this only sort of works. Not all my double point needles fit into the box; not only do I have too many sets but they are varying lengths. That means only some of the sets reside in this box, and that I can’t shut it. I have three such boxes.
My circulars? I keep those in small boxes and ziplocks in the large black box in the bottom of the left picture. (The blue box on top has various fiber-related notions.) But I also have many storage boxes each filled with bags of yarn. In those bags are more circular needles on which hang gauge swatches.
Thor isn’t bothered by my disorganized approach to fiber work. He is accustomed to seeing needles stuck in every conceivable place – as long as I don’t stick them in the couch cushions he’s okay with it. He claims he can tell which room I’ve been in most recently by the pieces of yarn scattered about. (Yes, he has made remarks about my version of a trail of crumbs!)
So how do you – or do you – organize your needles?