Getting those needles into shape!

I admit, this is a little bit of a silly one, but something that I’ve been needing to do for literally years.  I’ve done it.  I’ve officially organized my DPNs!  *Applause please.*

For a long time, I tried to keep my DPNs in their original packaging, but that was a mess.  It looked awful. I had packs of needles stashed everywhere, and I could never find the ones I needed.

Then several years ago, I put all my needles in one big ceramic jar.  I figured they’d at least be all in the same place.  I didn’t have to go rummaging through thirty-seven different project bags, or digging in my desk, or looking through my various pencil cases and backpacks.

And they looked cute! Bonus!IMG_2080

But that was quite a while ago, and in the interim, I’ve acquired *ahem* quite a few more needles.  (I don’t have a problem, you have a problem.)

I was digging through them the other day, looking for some US6’s, and I ended up so frustrated that my husband offered to help (looking through probably 100+ nearly identical needles will do that to you).  He immediately said “There must be a better way.”  Which made me realize that there must be a better way.

Why had it never occurred to me!?  I like to think that I’m pretty smart, but sometimes I question my own intelligence.

Anyway, I was thinking of what I wanted, and I knew I still wanted my needles out on display, and I wanted to be able to grab the size I needed at a moment’s notice (or at least without a half-hour long search and a lot of swearing).

Long story short, I ended up at Target, and found a “lipstick organizer” (Who’d have thought that was a thing?!).  It’s a short-ish organizer with 16 little spaces, plenty for each size of needle to have its own spot. IMG_2072

So far, it’s working great!  It still looks a little messy, but it gets the job done.  I think I might add little stickers or something to label the sizes, but for now, it’s working out OK.

I can’t believe I wasted so much time digging through that old jar… sigh.

How do you organize your needles?

2 thoughts on “Getting those needles into shape!

  1. Sue H-m

    That’s a good idea!
    I still have mine in their original sleeves, BUT they are all in a kinda cool Velcro-closure-flap box that used to hold puzzle pieces. Ive also learned to put the ones I use back in there after finishing a project (or writing down what size and what color project bag if they become hostage in a WIP and tossing that scrap of paper in the box instead).

  2. Elsee

    This is great. I came across your blog because i am getting back into knitting and my next project is to make your Pinwheel Dishcloth. Your article got me to thinking as my supply of needles are starting to get up in numbers. And that constant putting the needles back in the original packaging is starting to, i dare say, annoying and time consuming. These are then stored in a pretty photo box usually in a different room than where i knit. Your solution of an organizer is great. I may also try a stylish hanging pocket organizer. The slots may be big so i can put a little card in each slot listing the patterns i’ve knit with the corresponding needle size. I would like to know too how you organize all the yarn that is piling up. Great patterns and blog.


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