Homespooled

 
I came across this knitting spool at Michael's a few months ago, and it brought back a flood of memories.  My grandmother used to use one of these, and taught me how when I was about 10yrs old.  Well, she didn't use one exactly like this.  Hers was homemade. 

If you like to make projects with knitting spools, it makes sense to have more than one, this way you can alternate projects without having to remove your work from the current spool.  Making your own is cheap and easy.  All you need are nails, a hammer and you guessed it...a spool!

 
 
A couple of weeks ago, my allergies came back full force.  So I figured if I was going to be spending so much time with my tissue box, it may as well get a little dressed up...

 
 
I have about 8,936 sets of straight knitting needles.  They're all over the house and it's really hard sometimes to find the right size, despite how many I have. 

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make yourself a handy case to hold all (or almost all) of your straight knitting needles.  Depending on how many you hoard!  This case isn't designed to hold the HUGE needles since they take up so much room and you can't really misplace those...I put up to size 6.5mm (US10½) in my case, but you can fit a few sized bigger than that if you like :) 

 
 
"If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing." - Homer Simpson

Well lucky for you, needlepoint on a plastic canvas is definitely NOT hard.  And as far as I'm concerned, this was absolutely worth doing.  I felt like a total nerd starting this, and some of you may say that I AM, in fact, a nerd (you are probably right).  Despite that fact, I think this project is freaking rad. 

 
 
Knitting needles can be difficult to keep organized once you start accumulating them.  There are different types and all different sizes.  It can be quite frustrating to start a project only to realize that you do not have the size/type of needle required.  That's when the collection starts.

Double-pointed (or dp) knitting needles have two points, not just one.  You can knit from either end of a dp needle.  They are used for smaller projects in-the-round such as socks, children's and infant's hats, mittens, parts of children's and infant's sweaters like the sleeves, the top part of adult hats, etc.  They typically come in sets of 5 so that you can have up to four needles holding your working stitches and a 5th needle to work them.  Nowadays, it seems that the most common lengths for dp needles are the 5" and 7" sets. 

I have a 5" set and I love them.  But they didn't come with a case, and without one to keep them organized, it can be frustrating to sort through them to find all 5 of the same size.  A lot of sets come in a plastic case, but these cases can wear and tear with use, and are often bulky.  So I will show you how to sew a cute fabric case to keep all of you dp needles perfectly organized!

 

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