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Date: 12/30/12 5:05 PM

I have been looking for a nice reliable way to store my DPN in? There has to be a better way than small rubbermaid container, or purse type container. Or shoebox container. All of which seem bulky & then you have hunt for the right size of needles.
Something not very expensive, but reliable & maybe take up less room than any of the above I have tried. ...
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Date: 12/30/12 7:16 PM

I need to make you a knitting needle case. I used to make them for a yarn shop near me. They stored DPN's, regular knitting needles in sizes up to 21, and even had a little slot for a yarn needle. PM me with your email address and I'll send you some photos of the ones I've done. I'd post them here, but I'm still trying to learn Picasa. I offer these at $20

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Date: 12/31/12 0:24 AM

I use a case that is meant to hold makeup brushes. All those narrow vertical pockets are great! Mine happens to be Mary Kay. It also has some zippered mesh pockets that I use for other supplies.

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Date: 12/31/12 1:04 AM

I know this might seem silly, but I keep my DPNs in a semi-clear cylindrical travel toothbrush holder.
But here's an idea I've heard (don't know where) - set up a ring-binder notebook for your knitting supplies, kind that zips closed if possible. Use the heavy-duty vinyl page protectors available by the box at office supply stores. You can mark the sizes on the vinyl with a Sharpie. You can use a sewing machine to stitch from the bottom up 4 inches or so in parallel courses, making skinny little pockets for your DPNs, cutting down one side of the vinyl envelope to make it easier to access the pockets. You can make wider pockets for crochet hooks and straight knitting needles. And of course you can use them unchanged for the circular needles. Very customizable. I'm pretty sure this idea was originally for the circular needles.

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Date: 12/31/12 1:40 AM

Back in my scout leader days we used to urge the boys to use vinyl baseball card protector pages to store their blue cards. They are 8x11 with individual pockets for the cards. It just occurred to me that they would be ideal for storing sewing machine needles. They are cheap and sold at hobby stores- just an idea.

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Date: 12/31/12 9:38 AM

Google "Stretchy Needle Keeper" and you will see a little device you can easily copy yourself with elastic cord and rubber chair/cane tips from the hardware store. I have made several of these to protect my wooden 1 and 2 DPNs for socks that break at the drop of a hat.

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Date: 12/31/12 10:35 AM

I've tried several of the roll-type needle cases, not to mention ones with loose-leaf pages (not open top ones, I figured I'd lose things that way). I stay away from anything involving elastic for security, since it tends to die really fast where I live.
I have always ended up going back to a box-system. I like the compactness, and don't mind having to sort through to find the needles I need. My current box is mostly Really Useful brands, and maybe some Sterilite ones,; the smaller ones fit into the largest one. the whole collection stores in about 1/2 or less the space needed when I used the bag or bag systems.

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Date: 12/31/12 6:56 PM

I sewed a very simple envelope-like thing with narrow strips sewn into the bottom part for the individual sized needles. I put the top flap down to keep the needles in and roll it up like a jelly roll and tie it with a ribbon. About $2 worth of fabric and a few minutes at the sewing machine.

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Date: 1/5/13 8:22 AM

Quote: sings2high
I know this might seem silly, but I keep my DPNs in a semi-clear cylindrical travel toothbrush holder.

But here's an idea I've heard (don't know where) - set up a ring-binder notebook for your knitting supplies, kind that zips closed if possible. Use the heavy-duty vinyl page protectors available by the box at office supply stores. You can mark the sizes on the vinyl with a Sharpie. You can use a sewing machine to stitch from the bottom up 4 inches or so in parallel courses, making skinny little pockets for your DPNs, cutting down one side of the vinyl envelope to make it easier to access the pockets. You can make wider pockets for crochet hooks and straight knitting needles. And of course you can use them unchanged for the circular needles. Very customizable. I'm pretty sure this idea was originally for the circular needles.

Ditto on the toothbrush holder!

I should take a picture of mine - I store all of my DPN's in two of them.

One tip, though....

I'm a sock knitter - so most of my DPNs are pretty small in diameter. The toothbrush container has holes in the ends so a toothbrush's moisture can escape. My small needles would fall out of those holes.

So I used a hot glue gun to squish a little drop of hot glue into those holes to plug them up.

If you really want to go all out (Martha Stewart style - lol) .. you could easily use a labeler to identify what size needles you have in each toothbrush container. For me, I use one for metal needles, and one for my bamboos. :)

I got some nice rounded toothbrush holders from Target.

As for a zip pocket style organizer... I'm still **loving** - THIS BAG - for storing my circulars... and my two toothbrush containers, along with my extra tape measures, cable needles, stitch counters, needle tip covers, stitch markers, etc.... well... it all fits in this bag as my *mothership* for all of my knitting supplies to come home to roost in when they are not being used in a project bag.

I'm thinking of buying a second one of these bags today to start organizing my sewing-machine-test-drive-kit for when I'm ready to buy my next machine. I am putting one task/challenge - described with previous experience results on different machines on a 3x5 card - along with the fabrics swatches - in each of those pouches. A little insane, maybe... but it will be so cool to have it all organized for before I ever buy another machine.

Now I just gotta get creative and make some sort of embroidered patch for the front to go on the front. lol

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Date: 1/5/13 10:11 AM

toothbrush container- I like that idea.

if you want to go super fast and easy, take a fabric placemat, fold up about 4" of 1 long side, stitch pocket dividers. Make more than you have needle sizes, I know of very few knitters who don't keep adding sizes. When the needles are in, fold down the other side (keeps needles from falling out), roll up and fasten with a ribbon or elastic. You can sew those onto the short end if you want. I've seen some where the needle sizes are written or embroidered on each pocket.

I need to make another - I made a holder of scrap fabric for my single point knitting needles and crochet hooks, but never got around to one for the double pointed ones.

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