Like many of you, I have a lot of knitting needles. There are the flexible ones I learned to knit on in Germany; the straight ones I inherited from my Nana; the crazy thin sock needles my Mom gave me; the pretty Brittanys and Rosewood needles received in swaps; and the set of Addi Turbo Clicks I bought with birthday money a few years back. Added to that inventory are all the others purchased here and there, because when you have many things on the needles, you just never know... and well, let's just say knitters never have enough knitting needles.
Keeping track of all those needles is another story entirely.
In addition to all those straight and circular needles - which I keep corralled in a vintage canister and in a Circular Solution, respectively - there are dozens of double pointed needles floating around here, too. Not that I have the slightest clue of how many + what sizes are on hand, what with the printing long since worn off of most of them. So whenever I needed a set, I had to run each DPN through a sizer until I had the right number for a given project. Every. Time. Ridiculous, I know.
Last week I went through the same routine yet again when I went to cast on some booties. Le sigh. But this time I also doodled a quick sketch, and wrote a note resolving to make myself a needle roll for my DPNs. Over the weekend I found myself with a bit of free time and made quick work of transforming a vintage Vera apple napkin, 1" gingham from an old tablecloth and some linen into just what I had in mind. All sorted out. LOVE.
Now back to our regularly scheduled knitting. xoxo
*If you love those Vera apples as much as I do, I did a quick search and found another set of napkins + placemats for sale here, and I bet you could find some on eBay, too.