If you are new to knitting or have taken it back up after a long siesta from it (that is me!) you may not have accumulated a lot of supplies and needles, but don't worry... you will!!
I have a perfectly good case that an entire set of knitting needles lives in, that a relative gave me, but I have to admit, it is a pain making sure they fit in the elastics and in the right order. I know my clean up and knitting style, things have to be easy to grab and accessible. If things are tucked away too well I may not bother getting them out. Lazy, yes I know, but I also know me. So I have been on the lookout for ways to store knitting needles. You can purchase storage which would be a great gift idea, or you can also make them. Below is a video on how to make knitting needle storage using Pringles Chips Containers!
Check it out!
I thought this was such a cool idea for the crafty knitter out there! It shows that you don't have to spend a lot and you can not only recycle and reuse but it would be fun to show off or to give as gifts. This would personalize your craft space for sure, and at least look great on a shelf if you are lucky enough to have a room for your crafts or at least a corner.
Make the Bottom Soft
I personally would add some batting or even some left over yarn that really is not enough to use for any projects to line the bottom and to protect the points. This way you can keep the needles with the numbers facing up where they are easy to see. Simply plop the needles into the tin and they are ready for next time.
I presently have any wool I am using in my lined homemade knitting bag (click the link to see how I made it) but I am sure that will be my next problem as I don't like to throw anything out. Storage has to be easy access but also look good.
More Complex But Cool Sewn Bag for Knitting Needle Storage
If you enjoy sewing, you could make a zippered bag to house your needles and some supplies as well. These are great for travelling if you love to bring your knitting with you. She sews this bag with boxed corners to make it more robust and give it a boxy shape. Check out the video below. A great way to use up leftover fabrics. You could even do patchwork to really personalize it.
Keep Them Safe
There are different ways to store your knitting needles, and store them you should as they can be dangerous in the wrong hands, i.e.: kids and grandkids. I had a bad habit of simply leaving them and works in progress on a side table in the living room so I could pick them up while watching TV, but after a while that table will get unorganized and dusty, so having a place for everything is a brilliant idea.
Purchase Knitting Needle Storage
If you don't want to go to the trouble of making something and want something easy and accessible there are affordable alternatives online that make it easy to keep them safe, organized and easy to find. Below is an affordable simple case that will house needles as well as crochet hooks.
This case is quick and easy and will keep your knitting needles separate but easy to find.
I used to have one of these years ago, and let it go when I was downsizing and didn't think I would be doing much knitting. I do wish I had hung onto it, but they are an affordable option that not only takes care of the needles but your ongoing projects, patters and yarns. Would also make a great gift idea. What I really like is there is separate storage for the needles, where you can see them easily. You don't have to go digging for them.
Another DIY Knitting Needle and Supply Storage Idea for the Traveler
If you want your supplies more mobile, for example you travel and love to take your works in progress with you and all the associated supplies needed such as holders, and sewing supplies, I found this video on using plastic sleeves for binders. This way you only have to carry a binder and it can hold everything you need for your accessories. This would work for many craft ideas.
You need to get the ones with some sort of zipper for closing, and then you can store them in the binder. This is an awesome way to keep track of all your supplies large and small.
Using Plastic sleeves as pouches in a binder works well as you can see. I couldn't find any at my local business store, but I did manage to find some online below. This idea could work for any craft that involves a lot of smaller suppliers that you like to keep separated and easier to carry than a tool box. I love this idea. You could recycle any binders you have at home and decorate the front of it. I love this idea for those smaller bits and pieces such as in the video.
Hopefully this blog post was not too long winded, but I love finding ways to make my crafts and knitting easier to handle. It can get stressful when all your supplies end up all over the house. The more organized you can keep your things the more mental creativity can be spent on your creations.
Organize Your Supplies to Preserve Mental Creativity!
I also love to draw and paint, and I learned this lesson long ago. As I have taken up knitting to get me off the computer in the evenings, my supplies have started to accumulate. So it is time to take action. As I was researching ways to store things, I try to imagine me using them. Everyone is different, but for me it has to look good and be easy to access. It can't be too far tucked away or it won't come out!
Enjoy your knitting journey!
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.