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Friday, 2 April 2010

My Knitting Box



This is my knitting box:

08/03/2010

Yes: that's all of my knitting stuff (and that's an A4-size magazine). I realise that many of my knitting friends will be astonished - if not appalled - at the idea that all of my knitting kit and stash could possibly fit in a box this size. But when you have as many different hobbies as I do, and a finite size of house, you have to find a way to keep your "stuff" under control. This box keeps me honest.

A fair chunk of the space (along the left-hand side in the picture) is taken up just with needles. I have a lot of knitting needles. When I first needed a circular needle, I was looking for bamboo needles and found that I could buy a full set from China for about the price of two needles here! (You have to love eBay.) I then needed 8mm double-pointed needles for the sleeves of my pink cardigan. My local knitting shop couldn't even order these from their catalogue, so I turned back to eBay again... and ordered a full set of double-pointers, also bamboo, also from the far east. Plus a set of bamboo crochet hooks for good measure. They came all the way from Singapore and arrived in less than a week. So now I have almost every size of bamboo needle I could ever need. Along with a fair number of older metal needles, it all makes for quite an impressive collection if I spread it all out.

08/03/2010

Most of the time, however, these all live along one side of my box.

I can also fit in around 30-40 balls of yarn. No space in the box? No yarn shopping for me! The only exception is if I buy something that I'm going to knit up straight away. Works-in-progress don't live in the box. But everything I'm not using is here, it's tidy, and it isn't allowed to take over the house.

How do you organise your hobbies?

Apologies for the rather hopeless mobile phone photos in this post!


22 comments:

Fly Girl said...

I'm very impressed. That box looks like it neatly contains a tantalizing host of knitting possibilities. I'm afraid that the only hobby of mine that's that organized is my collection of astrology (Western and Chinese)books. They are lined alphabetically on one shelf for easy reference. All my other hobbies, CD and record collecting, art collecting, 50s vintage clothes collecting have remnants in disaray all around my house.

Elle said...

I'd like to think my knitting stuff is pretty well organized. I have waaaaaaaaaaay too much yarn that's sitting around waiting to become something; it's embarrassing, because it really makes it seem as though I have a yarn addiction. (Which, maybe I do, but I'm just not ready to admit it yet.)

The yarn is all organized in plastic three drawer dresser type things that are about four feet tall and three feet wide. Needles are all in one drawer. I mostly have sets (Boye, Denise, and Knitpicks Wood) and sock needles. So, at least it's all fairly organized.

Amberlynn said...

I wish boxes kept me honest but I just can't resist yarn and remnant fabric. The amount I can spend in one trip is horrifying. Kudos on your will power :)

Sara said...

I'm impressed! That's some serious self-control you've got there. I have a set of KnitPro Harmonie (wooden) interchangeable circulars, an Ebay set of straight bamboos, and am dying to get my hands on a full interchangeable set of KnitPro metal as well. I've got one set of tips and they're outstanding. Yarn. Hmm, well, there's the box under the bed, there's the other (smaller) box, there's the 2 boxes and 2 bags on top of the wardrobe, there's a sizeable chunk of my blanket box, plus whatever WIPs I have in the seagrass box in the lounge. How did I acquire quite so much in just 14 months of knitting????

Writing Without Periods! said...

You look so organized! I'm keen for organization...it makes life so much easier.
mary

Haddock said...

Thats artistic (the display of the knitting needles)

Louiz said...

*stunned* Is that it? My word! About bamboo, it's brilliant but it does sometimes fray at the ends a bit, and catches the stitches. Nothing bad, just remember to check the ends before you use them.

Even my smallest storage box is bigger than that!

Catherine said...

Hi Rachel - I am indeed impressed by your knitting needle collection and will do something similar soon - I did a quick post on recent projects last night - baby knits - and it is a good idea to get the stuff via ebay. There was a lovely craft and knit shop in Lismore but it moved so now I have to improv - but Lidl have great wool offers at times. So I am busy with small items these days. Love the pink cardi too- and your pink wool in the box. I taught a friend to knit at the weekend so I am quite pleased at that.
All the best, Catherine

liliannattel said...

How do you find the bamboo? I've used metal so far and only have bamboo for quite thick needles which I haven't tried yet. I'd love to hear how people organize their materials because our house is small.

lakeviewer said...

I like how you organize your space so. Knitting, though, tends to give you a very useful item to wear or gift out. It's more than a hobby.

MY only hobby is gardening, which takes up a whole lot of garage, sun-room and outdoor space even in winter when no gardening occurs.

Elizabeth Braun said...

The photos are fine, hun!=) And I'm guessing that the box is a lot deeper than it appears in the first shot?

Yes, you need to be highly selective with materials when you have finite space (and money, if the truth be known) and keeping them in containers like this not only keeps the in check and well organised, but also clean and in good condition. I've heard stitchers tell me that their stash is a real mess and admire the photos of the boxes I've posted. I'll put an 'organisation' tag on them and so you can look them up on my blog and see how I've been keeping things.

http://www.rockonmommies.com/rachael said...

OKay, I need to take some tips from you...my sewing/crafting stuff is EVERYWHERE! Boxes, bags, on my table...I just can't get it under control! your knitting box is so neat and tidy, I'm envious!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest and have a lovely Holiday weekend!

mangocheeks said...

Wow Rachel. I am so impressed. I began knitting early last year and hoarded various sized knitting needles etc. I have only produced three things. Two I can speak proudly of: a tea cosy (appearance on my blog Jan 2009) and some fingerless mitts (crochet); the one I am a little ashamed of is a tank top, I messed it and since it has scuppered my good intentions to knit. Like you I have a little organized box with all my knits, yet I have to be motivated into action. I look forward to your knitted creations - who knows maybe it will kick my backside into gear.
Have a lovely long Easter weekend.

Nickie @ Typecast said...

I am in awe :)

I have an old-fashioned style craft bag for current projects and a plastic tool box with internal trays to house all my bits and pieces. It's hard to explain without seeing it - I may have to steal this theme for my blog :D

Nickie @ Typecast said...

There you go, Rachel - blog post done LOL
http://typecast2000.blogspot.com/2010/04/daft-for-craft.html

Melissa B. said...

I learned how to knit from my Nana when I was a wee one. I really should take it up again. Hope you and yours have the happiest of Easters. SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Stephanie V said...

Don't know how I missed this post...it had knitting in the title and everything! I'm afraid I'm not near as disciplined as you are. I need to be better but it takes so much time...I'd rather knit faster!

Re your eBay needles. I found some, too and was quite happy with them. It seems, though, that I use 4.5 and 5.0 more than a lot and the plastic joins didn't stand up to the constant bending. I've replaced those needles - it was still a deal.

christine said...

Oh dear - I've still got way too much in the yarn department - one day I'll come across it again when all the boxes are sorted! Then, who knows, maybe I'll start to knit regularly again:) I do miss having a workroom!

Kirsty said...

your willpower amazes me. i have a craft bag, but it doesn't "keep me honest". it keeps wool under the bed, and in my drawers at work, and lurking in carrier bags in little-used handbags...

jewelknits said...

Oh, my goodness! I WISH I could fit all of my knitting stuff into one box!! I have some in the attic, in the closet, and in my living room - (I even have a couple of bags in the bedroom). I've been telling myself that I'm NOT going to buy anything new until I get organized with what I already have ... but ... I'm VERY impressed!

I came over from SITS!

Lily said...

You look so organized! I'm keen for organization...it makes life so much easier.

single wardrobe

Lily said...

You look so organized! I'm keen for organization...it makes life so much easier.

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tea cozy

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