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Word on the Street-A New Year to Organize!

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December 27, 2015

I love to collect knitting needles. I have my grandmother’s and mother’s collection of knitting needles as well as several sets that I have inherited and then there’s the needles I have bought just because they were a new design or unusual. I have about 100 pairs of straight knitting needles. Over the years I have tried to keep them organized but could never keep them all in one place. I tried grouping them by size and bundling them with rubber bands. Then I tried putting them in boxes by size, then I put them in mugs by size but none of these options really worked. I wanted something that didn’t take up much room and had several drawers long enough to fit all of my needles. I finally found the perfect organizer for straight knitting needles and it’s not even meant for knitting needles. It’s a jewelry organizer. IMG_2395
I put it on my Christmas list and my husband got it for me. It’s perfect. He bought it through a company called Fetpak. It has 10 drawers that are 8.5″ wide x 14 1/2″ long x 1″ deep. Even my longest needles fit in the drawers.IMG_2397

It also has a plastic pocket on each drawer so you can insert labels with the sizes.

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I always think of the New Year as a perfect time to organize areas of my life, especially my knitting area since I spend 8-10 hours a day in my studio. This one organizer has made such an impact. It feels so good not to have needles scattered everywhere.

I would love to hear how you store your knitting needles and supplies.

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Word On The Street-It’s beginning to

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look a lot like Christmas.

 

I love this time of year when I can decorate for Christmas. I put the tree up and decorated the house this past weekend which is about 2 weeks earlier than normal.  All of the ornaments on our tree in the family room are handmade which makes it really special. tree Next year I am going to put a smaller tree in the dining room and I am planning to fill it with tiny knit sweater ornaments. I designed my own cardigan sweater pattern which I will share on my blog sometime in January.  I am hoping to release a new design every  week and have a KAL. So watch for the announcement sometime in late December.

The stockings are hung…just waiting for Santa. All of our stockings are hand knit. My mother made mine over 50 years ago (second stocking from the left) and she made my son’s 21 years ago (3rd stocking from the left) stocking and although this will be my first Christmas without her every time I look at our stockings I have happy memories.  I hand knit my husband’s, stepson’s and our dog Bailey’s. Yes, even Bailey has a hand knit stocking. His is the one with the fire hydrants.

And here’s part of my snowmen collection. I think last count was upwards of 70 snowmen throughout the house.

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With only 3 weeks left until Christmas everyone is rushing to get their hand knit gifts done in time. Don’t forget to add the perfect finishing touch to your gifts-A personalized label and gift tag. We have several styles in our Etsy store, even some holiday themed ones. What gifts are you knitting this season? I would love to hear about them. Please share them in the comments. Happy knitting and Happy Holidays!treeel