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Reading about the plarn, I saw a question for pill bottles. I use them to hold yarn needles especially the metal ones, row markers, snag fixers, and just about any small item I don't want just roaming around the bottom of my tool kit bag. Any other suggestions relating to knitting kits? I like mine as if I pick up another project bag, I just transfer the kit from bag to bag. :idea: :!: :thumbup:
 

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(((((((( Pill bottle, eh? Neat! Right now, I house small parts in them like thumb tacks, upholstery tacks, O-rings, screw-in O-rings or anything I want fast without going to the small parts caddy.......

I own so much that I had to reprganize in '09 and heavily! LOL!

I use all sizes of the zip bags from teeny, up a a size, up another size then to quart, half gallon, 1 gallon, 2 gallon, 2 1/2 gallon ending finally with any see-thru bag that comes on anything and particularly comforters.........

Anything in the master carry bag has zip bags inside containing the WIP/s and the tools needed for that project; No digging for anything but for the bag.

If carrying more than one WIP in a tote, all are bagged separately in the other bags so needles, yarn and hooks don't slide out, yarn doesn't get tangled, etc. I grab one bag from the tote bag and go to work (if I need pencils, stick-its, gauges, etc., they're all in there) .

Anything UFO not in a tote bag is bagged in see-thrus, too with the needled tools (to include scissors) and I don't have to go to another container for tools.

As I own tons of it all, I bought a organizer bag with five zipper see-thru pouches in there and my excess tiny parts go in there and are also in yet another see thru as the main zip see-thru is large and will hold a lot of small parts.) This main bag is zippered on the outside + handled.

I have antique/collectible counter top displays, too for needle/hook storeage; Some are lidded = dust free.

Yarn is bagged, too by weight, bagged again by color and put in the main weight bag for a bing-in-a-bag . These get put in stackables for easy viewing.

Nothing picks up dirt, dust, dander, hair or odors until removed. Everything is visible for an instant inventory should I want to see how much yarn I have of which weeight/color.

If I get messy working, it's bagged and easily reorganized.

I save ALL see-through bags and clean and dry them where necessary. I don't think I'd ever need them until I started doing this in '09. LOL!!

Antiques are displayed in baskets or vases. All the celluloid or bone hooks or needles are left out and I use go-to storages bottles like the old Alkazeltzer ones for whatever and set the bottle out for display.

Pill bottles sound like a good idea, too. I can see point protectors in there; My antique ones are display on antique needles.

Y for that hint & TY for bringing up this topic!

TTYL!
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Reading about the plarn, I saw a question for pill bottles. I use them to hold yarn needles especially the metal ones, row markers, snag fixers, and just about any small item I don't want just roaming around the bottom of my tool kit bag. Any other suggestions relating to knitting kits? I like mine as if I pick up another project bag, I just transfer the kit from bag to bag. :idea: :!: :thumbup:
 

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I use a roll-up jewelry travel case that has four long zippered compartments. It holds an assortment of everything and is always in my main knitting bag. Then I have duplicates in several small clear cosmetic bags each in WIP bags which are ready to grab as I go out the door. The pill bottle sounds good for markers....my tiny box for them has a broken hinge and needs replacing.
 

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One thing I keep in my "tool kit" is a floss threader (meant for threading dental floss under a dental bridge)...best needle threader on the planet. No more having plies of yarn separate when trying to thread a tapestry needle for seaming.
 

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Great idea for pill bottles. Heaven knows, I have enough pill bottles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The item that I have used and love is the case that comes with the $1 reader glasses from the Dollar Store!

I recently had cataract surgery, and the ophthalmologist didn't see a need for prescription reading glasses since my vision is so good (Thank God!) so she suggested some $1 variety of various strengths "just in case".

My daughter-in-law picked up 3 pr. of $1 glasses of various strengths and they come with funky, cute frames. The cases that come with each pair are the same funky, cute pattern. Heck, for $1, you could throw away the glasses, and have the cute container. It is a long tube and great for holding crochet hooks and cable needles, etc.
 

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I use the tote bags from conferences and such to put my different projects in instead of making them. They come in various sizes and I especially like the ones w/ zippers. So many people donate them to thrift stores as they have no need for another free tote bag. Also you can get nice ones from Walmart etc or order them from knitting supply catalogs. The usual price for a new one is about $2o in my area. Also, those cute drawstring backpack things are great to for what I use them for. Just grab and go and all I have to worry about is the tool kit that I have in an old cosmetic bag. :roll: :thumbup:
 

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One thing I keep in my "tool kit" is a floss threader (meant for threading dental floss under a dental bridge)...best needle threader on the planet. No more having plies of yarn separate when trying to thread a tapestry needle for seaming.
I think that's a great idea.
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I love looking for clearance yarn, and I also love stationery products. One day, in a weak moment, I just couldn't throw away the little containers in which mechanical pencil lead come. It dawned on me that I could put my needles in there and in my knitting tool bag. (I also use the empty lead containers for toothpick holders in my purse.) I appreciate the tip about using empty pill bottles for stitch markers and other small knitting items; I think I'll use that tip! Thank you and thank you to everyone who shared their tips!
 

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I use the mini-Altoids tin to hold stitch markers and the mint container to hold large yarn sewing needles. I also use Clinique small bags to store stitch holders and cable needles. I put my scissors, yarn threader and yarn cutting disk on split rings and keep them together on a D-shaped clip ring like people hook to their belt loop. I attach this to my bag handle.
 

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I use empty pill bottles too and I pick up clear plastic cosmetic bags at thrifts to hold stuff in my knitting bags. See through makes it easy to spot what you're looking for. I just bought a jewelry roll with the see through zipper compartments for the same reason. The bags are usually under .50 at most any thrift store.
 

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for my crochet hooks I use a old incense tube. Its about 12 inches long and is made of metal.. I can put my folded scissors and ruler in there also.. It fits nicely in the side pocket of my tote... for my DPN's I use a zippered pencil pouch that I bought to go in my 3 ring binder. It holds all my needles, and I also have a small ruler and scissors in it,also end protectors and stich markers and it fit's nicely in the front pocket of my other tote.. I was thinking those tall wine bottle boxes that are round and sell at the dollar store would be great for my knitting needles... or a large gallon freezer bag would hold some projects together in my tote... needles and all.. I love totes for my projects that way regardless of what I'm in the mood for they are all together and easy for me to grab and start in... they also hold different patterns and magazines very well... sometimes my hands get tired and I look for my next project in my latest magazine...
For my patterns I copy off the free ones that different sites have and put them in sleeve protectors then put them in a binder.. I seperate them acording to what they are.. afghans,scarfs, doilys, and if they are knit,crochet,tatting, quilting, anything that I enjoy doing with the page seperators .... I can see as my passions grow I could end up with separte binders for separate passions.... regardless all the patterns I copy off are the ones I want to do one day and not a magazine or book of several patterns and only wanting to do 1 or 2. For me this saves me space and I can just pull it off the shelf when ever I am ready to do another project.. I still get my magazines but not as many. I don't see those being totally cut out of my life....
 

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Meditation601 said:
Great idea for pill bottles. Heaven knows, I have enough pill bottles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The item that I have used and love is the case that comes with the $1 reader glasses from the Dollar Store!

I recently had cataract surgery, and the ophthalmologist didn't see a need for prescription reading glasses since my vision is so good (Thank God!) so she suggested some $1 variety of various strengths "just in case".

My daughter-in-law picked up 3 pr. of $1 glasses of various strengths and they come with funky, cute frames. The cases that come with each pair are the same funky, cute pattern. Heck, for $1, you could throw away the glasses, and have the cute container. It is a long tube and great for holding crochet hooks and cable needles, etc.
Great idea. I think I need the glasses as well as the case. LOL! I have been using old cosmetic bags. I make sure I have some point protectors, markers, small scissors -[put a point protector on the tips!] -yarn needles, a crochet hook -[small size for fixing mistakes, and working in yarn ends] and a small ruler or measuring tape.
 

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Great idea-surely not the childproof bottles-grr. The very little drawstring organza bags that they carry in bead or novelty stores work for stitch markers and end plugs. They are sheer enough to see through and squash down. I'll go dump my meds. Thanks
 

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I have found some very small plastic bags in the pill holder department at Walgreens. The EZY DOSE pill pouch measures 2" X 3" and is great for holding stitch markers and anything else that is small. Plus it lies flat and fits easily in my larger plastic bag kit that holds everything else I need for for my projects.
 

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For my stitch markers, I've been using the little plastic containers that knee-high hose comes in. They're clear, so it's easy to see which size markers are in each container.
 
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