Perhaps because I routinely have multiple WIPs at any one time, my WIPs are scattered in an array of containers – a cloth basket hung on a wooden frame I bought 20 years ago (similar to the one on the right) and African market baskets (like those on the left).
But while my WIPs are safely stored, my related “equipment” gets scattered across end tables, under a chair, under couch cushions, on a bookshelf, etc. By “equipment,” I mean my notebook (as I either knit my own designs or drastically revise existing designs), calculator, a pencil, a good eraser, tape measure, a few colored pencils, a needle gauge, and my hand cream. The result has been I lose (translate that to “misplace”) the smaller items, buy replacements and eventually end up with multiples.
Seeking to avoid some awful mass-produced commodity from a foreign land, on my bike en route to a local farm to buy applies, I cycled by a local thrift store. This basket caught my eye: a mid-century Hawkeye Knitting/Sewing Basket made by Burlington Basket Company of Burlington, Iowa.
Fearing some other fiber-obsessed person would grab it before I returned with my car, I paid for it, balanced the basket in the wire basket in the front of my bike by putting two of the sewing basket’s legs through the wire basket, and cycled on to the farm where I loaded up my rear panniers with McIntosh apples. Only then did I cycle home (carefully) with my treasure. As you can imagine, I received some odd looks from drivers.
Established in 1888, Burlington Basket Company was once a premier producer of baskets, hampers, bassinets, picnic accoutrements, etc. It even supplied Walmart, K-Mart and Target in the 1960s when these now-giant corporations were far smaller. (See here for more details.)
Ultimately, however, like many American manufacturers, Burlington Basket Company was unable to compete with the low prices of goods manufactured in China (and other places) and declared bankruptcy in 2011.
I am happy I found such a useful item – and one that once had an important place in American manufacturing history. In the process, I saved money (I paid $8.50 in USD), kept something out of a landfill and gave a new home to an item that, I like to think, was cherished by its previous owner for over 50 years.
So back to my original question, what do you use to store your WIPs along with the related, important items?!