Knitting storage: The Ordinary Knitter – episode 32

The Ordinary Knitter Podcast
Knitting storage: The Ordinary Knitter - episode 32

purple_img_20161124_211127Welcome to episode 32 of The Ordinary Knitter, the knitting podcast that’s (mostly) about the projects. My name is Heather and I’m @theordknitter on Twitter, @theordinaryknitter on Instagram and @ordinaryknitting on Ravelry. This week: knitting storage, wristwarmers, using the right cast on and bind off, and a few words about festive traditions. Talking of words, I SAY A BAD WORD. I’m sorry, and if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing I suggest skipping the last five minutes.

I’ve hunted and hunted for a link to the Scnadi-style snowflake pattern I modified for the (failed) Little Houndales Wristwarmers, but I can’t find the original. The image is copyright Andrea Pietsch and though I can find references to her online and other patterns she’s created, I can’t find the link to that chart. Soz.

Ft knitting patterns

Knitting storage

knitting storage
The needle holder my daughter made me last Christmas – I love it!

Knitting storage is a polite term for the heap of junk I work from. My day-to-day knitting supplies live on a table next to the sofa I usually sit on. On any given day it will be a jumble of projects, yarn, needles, notions bag, pattern holder etc etc.  I do tidy it up from time to time but then inevitably need something I’ve just squirrelled away in my office. It feels like a continual uphill task. However I was motivated to sort it out when I saw a photograph in Instagram of user @raglineknits knitting in her car with everything very neat. What really struck me was that her circulars were so neatly stored. It was a great contrast to mine which were bursting out of my Knitpro bag (she had the same KnitPro bag by the look of it). So I stored away all my fixed circulars (see left!) and took apart all the interchangeables I wasn’t using. The needles went back in the card they originally came on, the cables were rolled and put back in their packets. I could do up the zip for the first time in ages.

Then I sorted out the two little tins I use for stitch markers, tapestry needles etc, putting in one the interchangeable keys and cable stoppers. That now fits in the interchangeables bag too, and the other one fits into my notions bag much more easily now. I’m naturally a tidy person, but I can be a frog in boiling water with it sometimes. I was really glad of the inspiration to get sorted out; the challenge now is to keep it that way.

Music credit:

“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (
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