This seems to be a very common problem for which everyone has their own creative solutions: How to store circular needles.
After knitting for several years, it’s inevitable that one’s collection of tools will continue to grow. A boon of needles purchased at a thrift shop for a dollar each is a big contributor to this problem… a good problem, but a problem nonetheless.
Until last week, my storage for circulars was an accordion file, intended for receipts. It worked well, with each size having its own pouch to be filed away in, and the different cords held in place and organized with binder clips, labeled with their size. With all my new needles, however, my patience with this system was waning, because the file was practically bursting and the elastic holding it in place was under great strain.
There happened to be a very timely thread on Ravelry talking about different ways to store circular needles, and this was the inspiration I needed to change my storage. So I headed to a dollar store, and I bought pouches:
These pouches fit inside a three ring binder, are clear, and are closed with a snap. So, Thursday evening, I took my needles from the receipt folder and unceremoniously dumped them on the couch:
Now, each size (2mm-2.75mm; 3mm-3.75mm; 4-4.5mm, etc), have their own pouch, and the cords are still remaining orderly thanks to the binder clip.
I’m much happier with this storage system. They are easier to access but just as organized and orderly. I think the only change I will make is to the binder they are currently in; the 1 1/2″ just isn’t big enough for these needles.
This is just a glimpse into what works for me. How do you keep order for your circulars?