What do you use to hold you collection of straight needles?
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Hi, again. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a large collection of needles ( most came from two friends who are now gone on to glory) , most of which are metal or plastic. While I do have two of the slotted ,rollup kind of needles holders, I had the good fortune to stop at a garage sale , and bought a large tackle box in immaculate condition. ( I had already purposed it when I first saw it.) This box has 3 compartmentalized lift off trays ( great for all those stitch markers, stitch holders, cable needles, and one tray is devoted to extra crochet hooks) , and a 8 or 10 inch box underneath the trays.... grand to hold both my rolls of needles, and those odd sized ( I am taking broomstick sized needles) As an added plus, the box is so tall it makes a good foot stool!!.
What are your solutions for containing your collection of needles?
I might not have as many as needles as you have but I keep my straights in 2 crystal vases, my circulars in a crystal bowl.
Finally my DPNS in a decorative oblong box which I bought at JoAnn's Fabrics. This makes a nice center piece arrangement, at least I think.
I have all my long straight needles in a wine bottle carrier. My crochet hooks are in a Crystal Light container, they used to be in a rollup holder but this holds all of them. I also changed my dpn holder a year ago. I used to use a double tiered rollup paint brush holder but last January I bought a small 4 part snap together container. My dpns are in one, bamboo circulars in one, other frequently used circulars in one, and notions in the bottom. I can even pop the crochet hook container in the bottom one.
A decorative pitcher. I have about an inch of white decorative sand in the bottom, both to weight the pitch so I don't tip it over and to protect the points on my needles. I chose white so there would be no danger of dye coming off on my needles. A quick wipe before use and I an ready to go. I wipe any craft item stored in the open before use to make sure it is dust free.
I have a large utincle holder, the one for kitchen spoons, it really holds a lot of straights!
Multiple vases and sometimes and empty Pringle container!
A terracotta wine cooler. It becomes a needle bouquet. I actually have two holding needles and another to hold drop spindles.
A tall pottery vase I found in a thrift shop
I picked up zippered nylon pencil cases that were marked down for back to school sales. They have a large clear plastic window on one side so I can see what is inside. I paid less than a dollar for each of these and picked up one of each color available. I store all my dpns by size in these pencil cases. I can put these in a ring binder using the holes provided but I just keep them filed in my folding knitting stand. My knitting stand is quite roomy and even has pockets on the outside for individual straight needles that I have had since I was a teen. It also has room inside to keep a plastic container with divided sections to store my crochet hooks (some of which were my grandmothers) along with my stitch holders, yarn needles, stitch markers, etc.
I have given away my collection of circular needles since I purchased a set of interchangeable ChiaoGoos. I did keep some of the smaller bamboo circulars that I use to knit hats and I keep these in the appropriate pencil case along with the double pointed needles of the same size. I may be a little OCD as I have all of the plastic pouches that my needles came in with the size printed on the outside.
Those pencil cases were life changing for me over my previous here, there, and everywhere storage.
My crochet hooks are in a leather cigar case I gave my Dad many years ago. It is in my knitting basket. I went through and got rid of a lot of plastic and metal straights I hadn't used in years. The other straights are in an upright plastic jar in my basket. The dpn's are in their original pks. stuck in a Wylers lemonade tube and the circulars are in their original pks. in my knitting basket. Little things are in a plastic pencil box from Walmart. I have a nice big basket by my chair. Everything else I don't use often is in a drawer.
In a pretty vase from a second-hand store. Always handy for a swatch, but mostly just gathering dust.
I keep my straight needles in a chunky style glass vase. It's a Swedish Kosta Boda which I picked up at a garage sale for a couple of dollars. My circulars I keep in their original packets and stowed in a large make-up bag.
I have my needles in a tall snack container with a lid. There are times I travel for a few months. With the lid I can just throw it into one of my bags for working on the road. I think I have multiples of all sizes up to 13. I'd be on the road and want to start a new project but not have the right size needle with me, so I would buy a new set.
I love the vase idea since I have so many vases and needles.
I keep my straights in a clear vase. My crochet hooks are in a plastic cylinder that used to hold individually wrapped prunes!