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« on: November 30, 2007 12:40:52 PM »

Alrighty, then.  I am typically not this slick - so I am so excited about my cleverness I just had to show off.  Here's a couple of super-cheap (essentially free) storage ideas for knitting supplies.

This is the packaging our pillowcases came in - I have re-purposed it to make a handy do-it-yourself sock kit.  It has a small clear pocket on the inside (impossible to photograph) to keep notes about my pattern AND it fits in my purse!

Like that fuzzy photo?  Another re-purposed storage item for small knitting notions. I keep darning needles, safety pins, and stitch markers in mine. As you may have surmised by now, it was formerly a prescription bottle. The handy child-proof lid keeps these items from falling out all over my knitting bag.

One last clever way to re-purpose an item. I took the black plastic inserts out of several CD jewel cases and VOILA ... I had a nice tidy way to store my circular needles. I found this works well for all needle lengths - up to a US size 11 (anything bigger than that is too thick for a jewel case).
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2007 02:31:16 PM »

Very nice & creative! Smiley 

I'm just kind of ghetto.  I keep a lot of my original packaging and put it all in a drawer. Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2007 03:01:27 PM »

Wow! I love the idea of the CD case storage for the circular needles! Inspired! And if you printed the sizes on the spine, you could put them in a storage rack and see exactly what you had  Wink And I totally love that this is a recycling project too! Right, I'm going to start organising my circulars like this!

By the way, those little plastic boxes that cotton buds come in (don't know if you call them something different in the US) make awesome storage containers. I use alot of cotton buds as precise clean-up tools in my painting, and I always keep the empty boxes for storing beads and other stuff in. They're stackable, they have lids and they're clear, so you can see what's in them.
Also, in England, Chinese takeaways often come in clear plastic boxes, stackable, (microwaveable) and rectangular shaped, with sealable lids; they're great for storing supplies in too.
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2007 03:30:35 PM »

The CD case idea is genius!  I was just trying to find a better way to organize my circular needles and could come up with anything.  I might have to try this! 
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2007 03:31:56 PM »

omg the CD case idea is brilliant!
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2007 06:15:32 PM »

just like everyone else, I think that CD case circular needle storage is a stroke of genius!  Also, I do the same thing with prescription bottles.  And I keep safety pins in one, and jump rings in another, and rubber bands in a BIG one... I've got a whole craft pharmacy going on at my house.  Aren't they great?
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2007 12:41:13 PM »

bah, now i have no excuse to be unorganized.  you're brilliant.
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2007 06:59:47 PM »

Cool ideas!  Now if only you'd be brilliant like that for my sewing stuff, the place might look respectable... or at least organized.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2007 12:54:20 AM »

oooh that cd case idea!! Ingenious!!

I just grabbed a CD off the shelf and my 5" DPNs fit in them!! YAY! 
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