Organized knitting – needles and notions 

I’m in the final days of my quest to become an organized knitter. I’m following webs blog post on 31 days to organized Knittting. So far I’ve organized my projects, my yarn, my patterns and now I’m working on my needles and my knitting accessories.

Day 20- knitting needles and crochet hooks 

Today I grabbed all my knitting needles and crochet hooks, dumped them out on the floor and sorted by type. I got rid of the bent, broken and needles I hated and then catorgized the everything I was keeping by size.

  
   

Day 21- Storing Needles

I really have only 2 types of knitting needles; fixed circulars and double points. I am anti straight needles. I can use them, I learned on them but, I hate them. I ether drop one, or my work slips off of them or I lose a needle. They just akward to me. I’m not a huge fan of double points but, I do use them. By far, my favourite is 16″ circular needles. They aren’t awkward for me and they are usually just about the right size for most of my projects. I will go up to 24″ circulars for sweater bodies and such but, for the most part the shorter the better.

I have taken the suggestion in this blog entry and taken my double points and put and elastic around the sets of needles. I like all my needles in one place. I don’t want my circular and my double points stored separately. With this in mind, I decided to break out the  large ziplocs and created a sort of filing system.

I divided each bag into a size(s) of needles. For example I have my 2mm, 1/4mm, 2 1/2 mm and 2 3/4 mm all stored together in one bag. My 3mm in another bag and so on.  Each bag consists of my dpns in that size , my circulars in varying lengths and my crochet hooks. I like this because I can see everything I have.

   
 
Day 22 – tracking needles 

I’m using ravelry to track all my needles and sizes.

Here’s the thing, I don’t actually like my needles. I’m currently in the process of replacing all my cheap needles I bought from wal-mart and michaels with needles I love!! I’m a big fan of the nickel plated fixed circulars from knit picks  but, in my ideal world I would have a set of Knitter’s pride Dreamz interchangeable needles.  I have been drooling over these for quite some time. I’m thinking I’m going to have to buy these for myself for this years birthday present.

Day 23 – photographing knitting.

I think it’s fate this article was on next on the blog post.  I have a big project I am  working on for this fall and part of what I’m looking into is photography. I’m not a good photographer by any means but, I do understand the importance of good picture. Right now, I’m looking into getting a great digital camera and reading everything I can about photography. I highly recommend if you sell your finished projects to give day 23 a good read. Photography is essential to selling and trust me I’ve learned ( and am learning) the hard way how not to do it. 

Day 24 – the tool kit

  
  I keep my tool kit pretty simple, a pen, index cards, stitch markers, row counter ,tapestry needles, cable needles, lotion bar, scissors, tape measure and clothes pins.

Day 25 – other knitting tools

 
I put all my extra stuff like stitch holders ( which I hate), extra scissors, tape measures , etc. in another ziploc bag and put it along with all my needles in a big clear container.

I have to say I love my new system and I really feel it’s going to work for me. I’m a visual person and this allows me to see everything and keep it all together. I’m really proud of myself. I think I’m going to celebrate by knitting.

Tomorrow I will be blogging about my  last few days of getting organized and my final thoughts on the process and if I have indeed become a organized knitter. So please check back tomorrow.
Thanks for reading!!

Smashlee

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