Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tidy Mind - Tidy Stitches - 2KCBWDAY3

I know people are all different, but I'm one of those people who don't put sentimental value on personal possessions. I'm quite the antithesis of possessive. As a matter of fact, I strongly dislike possessiveness as a personality trait - I remember I just wouldn't stand for it in a boyfriend, way back when I had those.

I do wear a wedding and engagement ring, my husband doesn't (and I don't care). I still have my wedding dress, but if anyone wanted to borrow it I'd be nonplussed. I just don't hoard 'things'.

I'm not a clean freak by any stretch, but I do have high expectations when it comes to how my home looks when I entertain. If you can see it at my house, it's either because I use it a lot or I think it looks good. And even some ugly things that get used a lot have to be put away when people are coming round. I enjoy the reward of making the effort around the house (a bit like knitting really).

But anyway, that's the vagaries of my personality, and probably better left unsaid. I know not eveyone's the same, that some people aren't too bothered with the aesthetics of their home (and my husband is one of those!) and that's cool with me. But we probably shouldn't try living together.

So, of course having a very serious knitting habit does pose some challenges for me around the house. But here are two solutions that work for me:


My most firmly held beleif is that you can never have too many project bags.

I love handmade fabric ones, I get them from etsy, from markets, from friends.
Randomknits makes sturdy and beautifully made ones.

If there's a magazine with a free tote bag attached to it I buy it.

There are these little scrapbooking totes that are sold in the cheap shops, sometimes they're only $5 (so you know someone's being exploited somewhere don't you?). I buy them too, they're really handy for going to places where you might need a few bits and pieces and you're knitting is going to be on the floor. For $5 they make really great knitting gifts too - for swaps or secret santas or whatevers.

I keep them in a plastic handbag hanger that I bought at Howard's Storage World - it's strong and clear, and right next to the circular needle hanger.

So every project gets placed in it's own bag, with the pattern and the notions, and then hung up or stacked in the big double built-in wardrobe I have for that purpose. You never have to empty a wip out of a bag if you always have an empty bag waiting for the project you just cast on this minute.

The other thing that I really really love is my


If there were one storage solution that I just simply could not live without, it's the prototype of my friend Randomknit's extremely useful and sturdy circular needle holder.

I used a sharpie to write the sizes on the pockets, and I tied a needle sizer to the top. And it's changed my life!

And the interchangeables pocket that she made me for my birthday (and filled it too), I don't know how I survived so long without these.


I think the most challenging storage issue I've had to face (and have not yet conquered) is what to do with my dpn's. Or, more to the point, where my dpn's go. I've tried several solutions, a little zip linen pencil case for my favourite clover bamboo 2.5's and 2.25's, a ring bound cosmetic case with a clear plastic zippered sleeve, all sorts of things.

Over the years I have bought sets of 2.25mm and 2.5mm dpn's over and over and over again. For some reason, they just disappear into some black hole in my uncluttered house. Once, I went on ebay and bought an entire set of knitpicks metal dpn's from 2.00 through to 3.50 (back in the days when you couldn't get a set in a sleeve). I kept them in their sleeves in the office drawer. Do you think I can find any of them now? Nope - gone.

Just last week I was wanting to knit a sock, I went looking for my favourite sock needles and couldn't find ANY of them. Two new sets of lovely clover bamboo dpn's vanished. Not even any knitpicks metals ones as substitutes. Just vanished.

I was so annoyed that on the spot, I used some money I made destashing some yarn and bought myself a brand new knitpro wood sock needle set, it came today. I'm going to get Donna to make me a matching one of these dpn rolls - and I've got everything crossed that this will work for my runaway dpn problem.

And having now written all about my needle storage - I guess you could say I have a system! I never thought of it like that before.

I'm participating in the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, and this is Day 3. For all participants posts, see this list.


Ginny said...

I love the circular knitting holder.

My husband also does not have a ring. Married for nearly 16 yrs.

Some think its odd - but I dont.

Loved reading your blog.

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Yep my hubby doesn't wear one either! Love those project bags and I agree you can never have enough! I try to be organised but it has ended up with my organisation being in about 4 different places, I guess its not all over the house :-)

Sarah said...

SO much lovely storage!!!!!

Pirate said...

Pirate-Husband only wears his ring when he's getting dressed up for something. I wear mine all the time. Some people may think it's strange but it doesn't bother me.

Love your project bags - I want to learn to sew so that I can make cute bags of my own!

Sue said...

love your project bags, I feel a purchasde coming on

PandaBearofDoom said...

Your project bags are adorable

anjig said...

OMG, yes about the project bags! Very convenient if you have multiple WIPs going on, and so much prettier than Ziploc bags.

I don't have one of those hanging circular needle organizers, but I have one in a case that looks just like your interchangeable knitting case. And now that I have a DPN roll, I don't know how I managed without it!

Voie de Vie said...

Oh my - I'm the complete opposite. I have one small project page that I use to carry a project around if I'm traveling - and that's it!

Love the circular needle holder - great color.

katiemckinna said...

That circular needle holder is just ingenious! I've been looking for a solution for some time and yours is just a great idea, and pretty, too.

Kepanie said...

It's so neat how you organized with things that have such pops of color. Very cool!

drkknits said...

i love having a whole matching set of donna's wonderful bags and cases. i have a whole set of both knitpicks bamboo and nickel DPNs in my roll, its saved my knitting arse, so to speak. and the circular case for the interchangeables is a work of art. im with you, never too many project bags. i think i need more....

drkknits said...

oh and i meant to say, as a fellow scorpio, you are meant to be rottenly possessive. i like that youre not, ive grown out of it too. lifes too short and im not that insecure anymore.

Belicious said...

Isn't it funny how you don't realise you have a system till you write it down!? I guess that's the purpose of this challenge. I thought "Oh I have yarn all over the house" when I really don't at all.

Ann said...

I do agree with you that we can't have enough project bags as I have lots too. I love those scrapbooking totes but have never seen them before - must keep my eyes open.

1funkyknitwit said...

Oh don't even get me started about storage I thought I had this minor issue well and truly covered that was until I started spinning and fleece came walking through the door.
I think it hit home this week when DH said.. As long as we don't have a sheep living in a lounge room ?! He also did offer to buy me an alpaca of my own thinking this would be cheaper than buying fleece.. I don't know where he supposed I keep that ?!..nice thought though ;D

Love your bags and Donna makes lovely ones, I have a heaps of them also and as pretty as they I'm always still searching for

Storage is a killer, funny post, love it and you sure know my dirty secrets now ! ;D

Bells said...

I have a DPN needle roll made for by Kgirlknits several years ago and it's invaluable - as long as I use it.

You know what I love? That I can make my own project bags now. That's been one of the most fun things about learning to sew. And no you can never have enough.

fecutusk said...

Plain and simple! I like your work!

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hiciscat said...

Very enlightening and beneficial to someone whose been out of the circuit for a long time.