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« on: February 09, 2007 09:27:56 AM »

I feel like the answer to this must be out there somewhere, but I can't find it...  Huh  What's the best way to transport a WIP on DPNs?  I've had to rip out a hat 3 times because several stitches fell off of the needles when it was in my bag (to and from school).  The best that I've come up with is to wrap the yarn several times around the ends of the DPNs, and pack the project so that it moves around as little as possible.  It's worked well once, but I'm afraid to try it again, and I'm hoping that there's a more trustworthy way.  Part of the problem is that the needles are aluminum and the yarn is acrylic...but the dog eats any needles that aren't metal.  Sad  Any help will be appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2007 09:46:32 AM »

I cap my needles with rubber point protectors before stowing the work in my bag.
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2007 11:01:00 AM »

Rubber banding around the needles all held together (then storing in a smallish ziploc bag) will work. There is also these...
Scroll down and look for the KnitCare Needle cases:
http://www.ericas.com/yarn/misctools.htm

I saw this thing on the yarn harlot site once. Its a tool she has were she slides her DPNs (with Sock WIP) into this tube thing and caps the end to keep from dropping stitches as she travels. It was like a tube with a slit along the length of it and a cap. You slide the needles in the case while finagling the project into the slit (so that the project hangs out of the tube from the slit) and cap it... keeping your needles free from losing stitches in transit. I can't for the life of me think of what its called though. You might be able to make one out of PVC or something.

Oh, there's also coils you can use:
http://www.knitpicks.com/tools/itemid_80252/tools_display.aspx

Ha! Found it! This would be the post where yarn harlot mentions the tube DPN holder thingy:
http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/04/25/again_with_the_chairs.html
http://www.woolworksltd.com/I2Frameset-2.htm
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2/18/12 - I no longer have the directions for wrapped pens, I lost them several years ago. To obtain them for yourself, do like I did, contact DMC threads directly and ask for them.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2007 06:55:20 PM »

i'd lose rubber ends, that and i dont want my cat to eat them by accident!

what i do is push the knitting together as much as possible then weave the yarn i'm working with around the ends between the joints of the dpns. never had a problem with stitches fallling off
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2007 03:50:17 AM »

I just squish it flat and wrap it up in the sock itself or a bag. Now I've got seven kinds of fear about my present sock-in-progress.  Undecided
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2007 06:51:43 PM »

Found this today. If you can't afford one, it shouldn't be too hard to simulate (pen caps and hair bands?)
http://home.rochester.rr.com/stitchkeepers/
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2/18/12 - I no longer have the directions for wrapped pens, I lost them several years ago. To obtain them for yourself, do like I did, contact DMC threads directly and ask for them.
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2007 08:19:18 PM »

Oh gees.  Those are just vinyl caps.  You could make something exactly like that from $5 worth of parts from a hardware store.  They sell them to replace things like... well, they cover trivet legs and metal toy parts and... lots of stuff.  Inexpensive, easy to find... I might even make myself some.
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