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‘Tackling’ Circular Needles

I thought I’d share my circular needle storage/organization solution with you all. I don’t remember exactly where I got the idea (on the net somewhere!), but it seemed like a unique solution – and I love, love, love it!

Here’s my needlecase:

Do you know what it is IRL? A soft-sided Tackle-bag. That’s right, for worms! (Well, the plastic variety, anyway). Guess how much it cost. Go ahead, guess….. $5. At Wal-Mart. Came with 10 zipper pouches. I bought 10 more pouches at Outdoor World for $2, plus 10 smaller pouches (they fit as well) for another $2.

It has a zipper pocket in the front that holds my end caps, tightening screws, stitch markers, etc. Cramming the 20 extra pouches in was a little tricky, but now I have plenty of pouches for all of my circular needle components. (I splurged and got a ton of the Harmony interchangeable ones, btw!)

Anyway, I think it’s a nifty (and cheap!) way to conveniently store the circular needles. It even has a handle and it zips completely closed.

On another knitting note, I wanted something to measure my new (size unmarked!) Harmony needles, so I wouldn’t be lost as to what size they were. Of course, I could just get a little needle size thingamabob, but I don’t like those – some of them don’t have the half-sizes. The Engineer in me wanted a tool. A Caliper. I could have just spent 5 or 10 bucks on a plain old brass caliper. But no, I wanted the cool dial caliper. $30. To measure my knitting needles. Overkill? At least I’ll know to the hundredth of a millimeter the size of my needles. Need to know your needle size? Come to me. The Chemical Engineer will measure for you. ;-P

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