I've had a few "Hey, that's a great idea!" moments this week. I'm such a container geek. From boxes to bags, I can find bliss in the rubbermaid aisle of Wal-Mart or in the organizing freak's mecca, The Container Store.
First, a repurposed pencil case has replaced my soft-sided tool bag (the small one that goes in with my portable WIPs).
In there are a clicky row counter, scissors, ruler, tapestry needle, highlighter, pencil, row counters, crochet hook, and small post-its. With room to spare.
Next is my newest DPN storage, a tin pencil case I got in one of the bins at Joann's.
I was looking for a different color (hot pink really isn't my thing, but I found out that I had the very last one, and it only cost a dollar. I had a hunch that they'd fit, and they do. And I realized that the hot pink really looks nice against the bright colors of the DPN sets (and bamboo DPNs go with everything!):
Until I expand my DPN collection-that is, when I happen upon a pattern I absolutely MUST knit, and don't have the correct size DPNs already-I'll probably have to repurpose this for portable use. Then, I'll branch out to a needle roll.
Last, my new project bag. I *might* be getting one of these soon, but I couldn't help myself. I got tired of carrying my WIPs in ziploc bags.
It's cotton, lined with a thick poly/cotton fabric. There's a pocket inside for working yarn or a pattern, and it closes with black velvet 3/4' ribbon. It's 15.5" by 10.5". Flexible, so it can be placed (that is, crushed and tortured) inside a big purse or backpack, or carried on its own. The lining gives it extra strength that ziploc bags just don't have. I love it. Right now, my ribbed lace bolero (tragicheroine's design) is in there, along with all of the yarn to complete it and the pencil case seen above.
Yes, I have an unnatural love for compartmentalizing objects. It makes me happy.