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Tools of the trade

It’s been pretty slow-going with my projects recently. I’ve finished off everything except for my dad’s socks, and I’m hesitant to start any new projects just yet. Mostly because I can’t decide on any one thing. Or I haven’t bought the yarn for the things that I want to do yet. I’ll have plenty of time to decide once I finish these socks though. I’m not too worried about it, honestly.

Until I get some more projects on my hook/needles, I thought it might be fun to talk about my knitting/crochet tool pouch. I have a large bag (Actually a diaper bag, ha ha!) that I carry my current projects and extra yarn in, but I keep most of my tools in a little pouch for safekeeping. I also have a “hook book” which I will also be showing.

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I keep most of my tools in this pencil pouch. I bought it on sale at Wal-mart for a dollar after the school supply rush was over. It was the only one of its kind left, and the cupcakes were so adorable that I couldn’t say no. It’s too cute, right!?

Before I bought this, I was actually looking online for… Specialty bags? Pouches meant specifically for holding knitting and crochet stuff? They were pretty expensive though, and they didn’t seem to have anything really “special” about them, honestly. To be fair, this pouch doesn’t either, besides the cuteness, but $1 is much better than $10+!

These are a few of the extra bits I like to keep inside:

 

TOP: I like to have a length of yarn close by for inserting lifelines. There’s also my handy counter, some T-pins, stitch stoppers, and a thimble for attaching buttons. (I learned the hard way after putting a needle halfway through my finger. OUCH!) I also keep a couple gel grips. I’ll explain why a little later. 😉

LEFT: I was looking for a pair of scissors with a sheath because I didn’t want my scissors tearing up everything else inside my bag. I guess they don’t make “adult” scissors with sheaths, so I bought these children’s safety scissors instead. And apparently I was feeling very purple when I started buying these supplies. My scissors, measuring tape, and pen all fit the accidental scheme.
Also, you can see that I keep a tube of lip gloss in there as well. Baby Lips is my favorite so I always have some with me~

RIGHT: My little pouch is the perfect shape and size to carry around my stitch holders and cable needles. I like to have my set of DPNs stashed away just in case I decide to do an I-cord. Or sometimes I transfer my stitches over when doing kitchener stitch. It’s less awkward than trying to get my stitches right on circulars.

In my experience, most knitters/crocheters have a funky addiction to stitch markers. I am clearly no exception. I even attempted to make myself a set of beaded stitch markers, but they didn’t come out right. I’m going to pull them apart and try again. They weren’t worth photographing now, but if they come out nice next time, I’ll share for sure!

Anyway, I love locking stitch markers the most. They slide easily on my needles or I can clip them to a stitch to mark it for whatever reason. They are so handy because you can slip them off whenever you want to. You don’t have to knit around to the marker and then attempt to remember to slip it off. (I always forget!) Just -click click!- and you’re done.

I have a tip for anyone who has yet to buy themselves stitch markers. The Clover brand markers are the best that I’ve used. I made the mistake of buying the cheapo Susan Bates Crystalites markers, and they’ve all broken after the first use.
The plastic is too hard, I guess. When I try to close them, they would rather break in half. Clover brand, however, is very supple for plastic. They bend easily, and I haven’t broken the first one yet. (Which tells me the breaking problem with the Crystalites wasn’t because I don’t know my own strength. :P)

The things that I can’t fit into my yarnie tool kit, I leave in my “hook book”. I bought this nifty carrying case back when I first started crocheting. I guess I could have bought a pencil case for these too, but I’m a little particular about my hooks. I don’t like to leave them disorganized. With this case, I can easily arrange them from smallest to largest so it’s really convenient. Besides my hooks, it also holds a couple gauge rulers and my tapestry needles. I also keep a hair clip in there for holding my bangs out of my eyes.

I bought my Boye hooks when I first started crocheting because the set at Wal-mart was really cheap. Shortly after, my mother-in-law gave me her Susan Bates hook, and I’ve loved the inline hooks ever since. My Boye hooks still see a lot of use though; some days I feel like using one over the other. I guess I’m trying to say it’s just nice to have them both.

Welp, that’s what I like to keep in my yarnie tool kit. Do y’all have tool pouches like mine? Are there any items that you can’t knit/crochet without? Let me know in the comments! (For me, it’s definitely my counter and my stitch markers. I lose track of what I’m doing too easily!)

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P.s. I almost forgot to show you what I use the gel grips for!

My fingers start to lock up and hurt a bit if I crochet for long periods. I couldn’t find any thick, cushy interchangeable handles, and I didn’t want to replace all of my crochet hooks with the handled kind. Instead, I found a video on YouTube explaining how to make grips from pencil gel grips. They work great too~

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11 thoughts on “Tools of the trade

  1. Sooo, I have a pencil bag I bought over a year ago for my crochet odds and ends. Also, since I have a habit of losing needles, I save the little cups from the “car cup” gum packages and put my needles in there.
    (I also use them for my safety eyes.. and other odds and ends)
    The gels are a great idea! I actually covered some of my hooks with polymer clay to give it a thicker grip and that helped with the cramping.

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    1. Holding onto the gum cups is a great idea! I have a few candy tins that I use to hold my buttons and other notions. I should’ve taken pictures of those too, but I don’t normally carry them around with me. I have two Mario mushroom tins and a Legend of Zelda tin. 😀

      I had thought about making handles out of polymer clay as well. I ended deciding on the grips because I wanted something that wasn’t so permanent. I can slip the grips on and off as I need them so I like that. 🙂

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  2. Fun, well put together, post! Kind of like those “What’s in the celebrities purse?” articles, but way more fun to read since I could care less what someone famous carries in their purse. (Only one I’d remotely care about is the Queen of England because she’s, you know, a QUEEN! lol) Anyway… Your stitch marker pictures got me thinking. I’m going to check out the washers next time I’m in the hardware store. They have some kind of light weight fiber/cardboard/plastic? washers/rings that look exactly (black only…) like your two boxes under the pink ringy ones you have. As for what’s in my kit I can’t live without no matter the project:. A knee high panty hose I use as a yarn compression sock. It double duties to keep excessive Chihuahua hair off my skein.(They like to get between me and my project lol) It also holds the patternin between use, and the hook or needle I’m using with the yarn. Use the needle nipples on your knitting needles inside the pantyhose or they go right through though. LoL have a great day, sorry this was so long, but ty for the brainstorm!

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad that you enjoyed it! 😀

      Ooh yeah! That’s a really good idea with the washers! I bet you’d get more for the price too so it would be very cost effective. The ones I have were given to me so I don’t know what brand they are or how much they were.

      That’s a great idea with the panty hose! I may have to try that myself. I don’t have any pets so no hair worries, but it would be nice to be able to keep my skeins tidy inside one. I bet it’d be great for washing the yarn as well before using it. I like doing that because you can see how the yarn will feel after washing. 🙂

      And thanks so much for commenting! I don’t mind long comments one bit; I love being able to chat with others. And you have a great day too! 😀

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  3. I keep dropping hints that a work basket and knitting needle holder would make a fab gifts for, say Mothers Day (March here in the UK) but so far no one has taken the hint. I’ll be dropping a massive hint in Middle Mudlets’ ear nearer the time, as she can always be relied upon to steer Mud in the right direction were gifts are concerned 😀

    Until this week, the one thing I couldn’t do without was a notepad and pen for noting down my rows but this week I received a digital row counter, as a surprise gift which I love and which has negated the need for my tally chart 😀

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  4. I hate to admit it, but I’ve never owned a “real” stitch holder! I’ve used the white rings made for cafe curtains, but recently find a scrap of yarn tied with a loop in the middle works well and is always handy (different colors can be used for different pattern changes in the same row and always use a contrasting color to the project.)

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    1. A friend gave these to me when I first started knitting, but I don’t get much of an opportunity to use them, to be honest. ^^’
      If I didn’t happen to have them, I would definitely just use scrap yarn. I’m all about finding creative ways to use my extra yarn. 🙂

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