Two weeks ago, I wrote about one of my new year's resolutions being to organize my hooks, needles, and notions--something that most yarncrafters have to tackle at one point or another--and I got a response from Syd who asked if I could share some do-it-yourself ideas, since one of her resolutions was not to spend money when possible.
As knitters and crocheters (and generally crafty people), of course, there are some great ways to do this. I was happy to oblige, and so here are just a few patterns that will help you get your tools in order. (Click on the photos or titles for the patterns on LionBrand.com.)
Designed specifically with knitters & crocheters in mind, these two patterns tell you to create slits in the felted (and therefore, strong and dense) material through which you can slide your hooks or needles. It's a great way to keep your hooks and needles together, fitting hooks, straight needles, and double-pointed needles too.
| Knit Felted Roll-Up Case
Shown here with pencils, this case would be great for crochet hooks or double-pointed needles. I love that it's made with tweedy Fishermen's Wool and that it has individual pockets sewn in. For another similar case that has a flap closure, click here.
| Loom Woven, Knit & Crochet Eyeglass Cases
Okay, so these are meant for your glasses, but why not use them for your hooks or double-pointed needles? They're the perfect length! We've got patterns for woven, knit, and crochet case patterns, so be sure to click on the photo or title above to see them.
|Knit & Crochet Felted Coin Purses
If you're like me, you have tape measures, darning needles, stitch markers, and other notions to use in your knitting & crocheting projects. Keep track of them by making a little purse in which you can keep them all. Plus the little purse can be easily moved from project back to project bag.
|Knit Lace Vase Cozy
For knitters & crocheters who want to have their tools out, whether in a craft room or just for a decorative touch, consider putting them in a lovely vase. We hear from customers all the time, who tell us they display their needles and hooks in this way. While you're at it, why not dress up your vase with a beautiful lace cozy?
| Wrapped Desk Organizers
Along the same lines as the vase, consider recycling glass jars into desktop organizers by decorating them with--what else--yarn. You can use a taller jar for straight needles, a medium one for crochet hooks, and a little one for your T-pins, stitch markers, row counters, etc.
How do you store your needles & hooks? Leave a comment and share your tips!