One of my clearing-up goals for January - ha - was to deal with all my knitting needles. (It's February now, isn't it.) The idea was to get them back into their packaging and into a common area so I can find always what I'm looking for. Naturally, when I finally had time to do it I couldn't find the pile of circulars that's built up over the last few weeks of sorting and cleaning, but I did find the pile of mostly-double-points:
Is it just me, or is that a lot of knitting needles??
Sorting through this pile I remembered key stages in my development as a knitter - like, hunting down the most perfect needle material for knitting socks (I tried so many before I landed on my now out of production square needle favourites), and sourcing wooden crochet hooks for working with on a plane.
Wooden circular needles, too - I'd thought they would be useful mid-flight. In fact, it turns out my palms are way too sweaty while I'm in a plane ever to be useful for knitting or crochet. But I have been known to clutch yarn for comfort, so there's that.
Lantern Moon makes such a beautiful wooden needle. Not too pointy, and a lovely brown shade, and an incredibly smooth finish. So much love.
So many different storage ideas too. At the house, I used to store my double points in a very useful filing system devised and executed by me, which incorporated a very small gift bag (instructions at the link.) It looked like this. But then the gift bag tore. Also, it works better if the gift bag sits inside a cupboard instead of out on your desk because Dust, sigh.
I wonder how I'll store all those needles next? Because they can't live in a giant Ziploc bag, I'll tell you that. I've already had to duct tape a few holes in the plastic. Those needles want to be out and knitting, which I think is a pretty good idea too.
Hope you're having a good week and getting out and knitting, yourself. See you tomorrow!