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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2006 11:36:06 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2006 11:45:38 AM »

that is definitely handy! thanks Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2006 07:28:46 PM »

I second the suggestion of a crochet needle and also safety pins to use as stitch holders or actual stitch holders. My box is just a little bigger than an altoid box but I found a small calculator to fit  in it for when I'm knitting w/o a pattern and need to calculate things. My husband is so envious of my box that I have to make him one too.
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« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2006 07:46:55 PM »

wow, lots of votes for the crochet hook. i have to admit, i never use one.. i'm too lazy to buy one for myself so i always use a bobby pin, but then again i'm weird like that  Tongue
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« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2006 08:18:17 AM »

not weird, resourceful!
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« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2006 10:57:57 AM »

i third the crochet hook.  i just have one but i am completely lost without it.

also if you're running short on space in your altoid tin, i carry a thingie of dental floss because it is a multitasker. 1) the floss can be used in place of scrap yarn -- to hold stitches or life line and what not.  2) the cutter actually cuts through yarn...i use it instead of tiny scissors. (plus it can also be used as dental floss! Smiley)
you could make a little label for it so she knows you're not just telling her to floss more. Wink

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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2006 05:59:15 AM »

I use an Altoids Tin too! Here's something I did for mine. Glue a flat magnet (like one of those pizza delivery company magnets) into the inside lid of the tin. Now it will hold your yarn needles (if you use metal ones) and safety pins. Because no one needs four Papa John's magnets on their fridge Wink
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« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2006 09:32:07 PM »

hmm.. that dental floss thing is pretty interesting! i always carry some with me, but i never thought to use it as a knitting resource! and the magnet thing is a cool idea too, i'm gonna look into a neat way of incorporating it into my tin Smiley
so a quick question.. since everyone is suggesting a crochet hook (i don't crochet so i don't know much), what size hook should i get? do they sell mini hooks that would fit inside a tin? if not, can i make one easily?
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« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2006 09:58:24 PM »

If you're still thinking of making a tiny needle gague, I just had a stroke of genious on how to make one.  (who knows if it would actually work, but at least it's a place to start)

Cut a whole bunch of 1"/1" squares of cardboard from a cereal box.  On each, trace a hole of a different needle size from your big life-size needle gague.  You could do that nifty thing where you go over the shape of the hole a zillion times with something sharp until the circle pops right out neatly.  Y'know.. like kids do with ballpoint pens on their school notebooks.
Then, attach all the squares together with tape in an organized fashion.  Make it so that they fold up nicely and can be unfolded into a long row of squares.  Finally, label them all.  You could even paint the cardboard and the tape so that not only is it a mini needle gague, but it's a handcrafted, pretty one!

Ooh, I hope you do this so I can see what it would be like.
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« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2006 10:04:46 PM »

That is such a cool idea!!

And answering the post before that one, if you get a small plastic hook (about 3mm) you can cut off the end with a hacksaw, boxcutter or brute strength to fit in the tin.  Picking up stitches is miles easier with a hook.  There's a thread on the crocheting page about carving your own hook from a chopstick, but if you're not really a crocheter you might find that process a bit involved (I loved it. I feel so homespun using my handmade hooks  Smiley)
I also second the inclusion of handcreme.  I always keep a tube in my knitting bag.  It's so horrible knitting with dry hands, the yarn just seems to catch.  Plus everything you're knitting picks up the nice moisturiser smell
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