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Topic: what would you put inside a knitting travel/survival tin?  (Read 4509 times)
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« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2006 10:25:14 PM »

The knitting needle conversion chart is helpful, and in the same sort of vein, it could be handy to have the simple math to convert yarn weights and lengths, like this:

Grams X 0.035 = Ounces
Ounces X 28.57 = Grams
Meters X 1.0936 = Yards
Yards X 0.9144 = Meters


It could be done pretty easily with a pencil and a little notepad (if the intended person isn't averse to math), or on a little calculator.
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« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2006 10:34:45 PM »

oh man lemonadelemonade , i swear we were on the same track with making our own needle gauge!! except mine wasn't as cool as yours.. i tried pasting tissue paper ontop of my needle gauge and shoving my needles through it to poke the hole, that way i could just reinforce the paper.. but yea, not so pretty. kinda retarded. but moving on, i'll have to try your cardboard idea! haha, i think i'm going to have to make my own photo album for the in progress of my new tin  Wink
and jane feebles, thanks for the crochet hook advice. i'll probably stick with the plastic idea.. dunno if i could handle the hookey part. haha, that sounds weird.
Grams X 0.035 = Ounces
Ounces X 28.57 = Grams
Meters X 1.0936 = Yards
Yards X 0.9144 = Meters


It could be done pretty easily with a pencil and a little notepad (if the intended person isn't averse to math), or on a little calculator.

that is pretty damn awesome. i still consider myself a novice, and i think i need to add this to my tin Smiley and (sadly) i would need the calculator to help me with the conversions.. although i cheat and use my phone.
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« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2006 09:38:46 AM »

This knitting travel/survival tin  is such a good idea that I went on a search to find the knitting needle inventory card. It is  not exactly what I wanted, but I am sure it will do. I think just resize it and put it on a threefold card and it will work well.

http://www.sattler-reimer.com/spinknit/NeedleCard.pdf

I hope this is of some use to someone else.

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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2006 05:27:02 PM »

I actually carry one of the gum altoids tins in my knitting bag at all times with what I consider my essentials: a baby pair of nail clippers, stitch markers, 2 sizes of yarn needles and a cut down plastic crochet hooks.  It covers all of my needs 99% of the time.  It is so small, it fits anywhere!  Hope this helps!
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« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2006 05:54:21 PM »

hmm.. two size yarn needles? haha, i guess i just always get the biggest cause then i know for sure it'll fit the yarn  Grin

i think i've narrowed it down to what will fit into my new tin:
magnet backing for the lid
saftey pin (as stitch holders, and also to clip the stitch markers onto)
stitch markers
scissors
measuring tape
crochet hook
nail file
scrap yarn
knitting guage
conversion chart/knitting tips/abbreviations
yarn needle
home made cable needle
point protectors for needles (end point thingy's.. whatever you want to call them)
and if i can find a bottle tiny enough.. lotion

heh, i seriously think that's all that i can possibly fit into a tiny altoid tin. think that's good? is there something i should kick out in favor of something else? keep the suggestions coming! and thanks again for all the responses Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: February 21, 2006 06:42:25 PM »

For the chart of conversions and abbreviations, you could print it out with a tiny font and glue it inside the lid of the Altoids tin.  That'd save space!
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« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2006 01:38:55 AM »

okay, sorry to bring back an old thread, but i *just* finished making my first travel knitting tin for someone other than myself and i had to share! this was made for the boy-girl swap, so toyshirts.. if you're post stalking me, look away now!!

my theme for this tin was ancient egypt since toyshirt's quote is
"Since when do boys knit?"
"Umm... Ancient Egypt."

so here's the front of my tin (i used an altoid size tin)



everything inside the tin

 

which includes two handmade cable needles (i forget the sizes), measuring tape, scissors, nail file, paper, pencil, stitch markers (shrinky dinks are my friend!), a VERY strong magnet, an extra safety pin to use as a stitch holder, a small crochet hook, stitch abbreviations, and handmade needle gauge.

here's a close up of the stitch markers and the needle gauge system i came up with



for the needle gauge, bascially you just pull off the size you want and see if it fits around your needle. i bought a boyle interchangable knitting needle kit, so i took all my needles and wrapped tissure paper around it so it fits perfectly. they're flexible and yet maintain their shape. i was very happy with how this came out!

and finally this is how everything looks when you fit it all inside the tin Smiley



alright, i think that's it! love to hear your comments Smiley thanks again for all the advice!! even though toyshirts said that he's not knitting much at the moment, i'm sure that he'll find some use out of this tin.. since all his craftster quotes have to do with guys knitting anyways!
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« Reply #27 on: July 30, 2006 08:54:16 AM »

hgflower - that is AWESOME. Who'da thunk you could fit so much goodness into a tiny altoid size tin. I think I'll be making some of those.
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« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2006 07:59:10 AM »

hgflower, that looks great but you forgot one thing: Tylenol, for when you get too frustrated with your work and get a massive headache, or you are too stressed out by life that knitting will not help.
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« Reply #29 on: July 31, 2006 10:41:15 AM »

yikes!! how could i forget that??  Tongue
haha, if i remember i'll try and add some before i ship everything today
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