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« on: November 28, 2009 07:05:24 PM »

Since I've been making more gloves recently, I've gotten a few sets of double pointed needles.  There's just one problem... I prefer metal DPNs and none of them have the sizes anywhere on them.  This isn't really an issue if I keep it to one project at a time and keep all of the sets in the bags/plastic boxes they came in, but that's not me!  Does anyone have any suggestions?  Some pairs are aluminum and others are stainless steel, so I need a relatively versatile method...  I'd also prefer not having to by a set of metal stamps, since I won't be needing it for anything except this.

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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2009 07:57:11 PM »

I'm not sure if you're looking for a way to store them, or just a way to know what size each needle is, but I keep all of my dpns in a pencil case, pick out a few and poke them through a needle sizer to see which size they are. I can't be bothered to organize them by size, I just pick out the ones I think are the size I'm looking for, and check them with the sizer.

Here's what a needle sizer looks like (random image I found while looking for an example). I think it also goes by the name of a needle gauge.
http://www.hulucrafts.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/5e06319eda06f020e43594a9c230972d/n/e/needle-view-sizer.jpg
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2009 04:37:22 PM »

Yeah, I'm looking for a way to identify each individual needle.  Right now, i keep them in a needle roll with slots, but since I just have random sizes and not a complete set, it's hard to tell which slot contains what needles.  I think, once I get a more complete set, I'll organize my roll and label the slots.  But thank you for the tip!  I'm heading to my local yarn store tomorrow, so it's perfect timing!

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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2009 03:14:50 PM »

How about dots of nail polish.  You could use a different color for each set or size and then have a master list on a recipe card or somewhere you could easily reference it.   
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