Sew Organised 20.03.2012

This post has been dusted off and taken straight out of the "According to Matt Archives". I originally posted this content on my old blog "Crochet & Crafts According To Matt". I thought that it was a shame for creativity and inspiration to lay dormant, so I'm recycling the content from my old blog, keeping it available for you all to read, reference and use as you please.

Sew Organised

Since I started knitting, I have built up quite a collection of knitting needles: DPN's, Cables, Screw on needles, stitch markers, etc... All over the last 2 months actually. My collection got so big, that I didn't know how to organize them anymore. They were all stashed together in a drawer, and it took me forever to match the right sizes when I needed some. I love the KnitPro Harmony wood needles, which have the sizes written on them, but don't be fooled, after a couple hours of knitting, the writing on them magically disappears! So this was a little bit of 'drama'!

Where to store all these needles and tools? I'm going on board soon, and would like to take everything with me in an organized way! My dear friend made me a lovely sewn 'crochet hook' case for my hooks which I still love and use a lot, but I couldn't fit all my knitting needles in there as well. But I did LOVE the idea of having a 'roll'. But sewing? Another scary thing to discover!

Matt and I bought the cheapest sewing machine we could find about a year ago, because I had to sew a pillow case which was just plain and easy. But this was going to be a little more tricky.

I found a great tutorial on the internet. It's a beautifully designed 'knitting needle roll'. I was going to take the challenge, no matter if it would turn out horribly! I bought myself some lovely colourful fabrics, which didn't all match, but I wanted something playful!

What I didn't quite realize whilst making this case, was that it was meant for long knitting needles, and not necessarily for small ones. I don't really own big needles since I love working on circulars and dpn's. I already had this suspicious feeling that my case was going to turn out big, but I figured that I hadn't gotten to the part in the pattern yet where you would have to fold something over so it would get smaller. But no, I rechecked the pattern and the pictures and it was definitely meant for big needles. But I had gotten so far, that I didn't mind, I kept on going.

And how about that! It's not perfect, I don't really like the red stitching on the inside, it's a bit big, but... I LOVE it! I love that I made it! I love that it does exactly what it needs to! I love the crazy colors together on the inside! And you know what, the top flap of the case might be sticking out, but it perfectly folds over, so the needles are still not going anywhere! I actually like the effect that it has on the finished look when I fold it up. The ribbon around it is now above the center and I think it looks lovely!

I still have to learn a lot about sewing, first of all I should have a little more patience. I don't really care that much about perfect cutting, or measuring, or even and straight stitches. But it's just for me, and I'm very happy with it! I can store my scissors, my 'needle size measure thingamajig', cables, needles, stitchmarkers, tape measure and all that in such a compact little 'case'. What a joy to have completed this!

How and where do you store your needles or crochet hooks?
Have a lovely week everybody!

This post was originally posted on 20th March 2012.
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