Tuesday Tips – Keeping Things Together
In my last Tips, I talked about unconventional storage solutions for knitters. This time I want to share another little storage tip with you. One that deals with having the right tools quickly available.
I have lost many, many tapestry needles over the years. I can never seem to find one when it was time to weave in the ends. One day I discovered Chibi darning needles. I have been hesitant to buy these needles because they are significantly more expensive that the standard tapestry/darning needles you find in craft stores but the cute tube that they’re packaged in finally made me try them out. Let me assure you that they are worth every penny of the cost. That itsy little bend in the tip makes weaving your yarns a pleasure instead of a chore. I cannot believe how must faster the weaving process goes with this simple little tool. I have ended up with both sizes.
The nifty little tubes take care of that lost needle problem too. The cap has a little hole in it so you can thread a bit of plastic lacing or scrap yarn through it to make a lasso for your needle case. I string mine though my scissors, my Chibi case and any other gadget I need to keep handy (needle gauge, WIP gauge, etc.). I leave the string long enough to go around my wrist or my neck so my supplies are always handy when I am working on a project. This little knitter’s “chatelaine” is a life saver when knitting a project with lots of color changes and consequently, lots of cutting, joining new yarn or weaving in ends.