Sharon Franco Rothschild wrote a wonderful book about bringing new life to old wool sweaters: Sweater Renewal, A Potter Craft Book. And there is a great chapter on knitting needle keepers. Let me quote her: “Knitting needles and socks have two things in common: They come in matching pairs, and one of them is always disappearing.” She’s got that right. I have a drawer full of single knitting needles, and don’t get me started on socks. Yes! I am still knitting those freaking socks, and probably will be on the day I die. But rather than put up another tirade on my inability to conquer the sock, I thought I would give her a “shout-out” on this great book.
The chapter on the pocket-style protectors gave me lots of ideas. Her’s are cute and easy, and work up fast. I was turning the page when I noticed an old bookmark I needlepointed years ago staring back at me from a shelf next to my desk. It had raw edges and for one reason or another, I never made it up, though the needlepointing was complete.
Nothing about the size or shape needed changing, and simply making it into a pocket, lining the interior, and hand-sewing the bottom provided a beautiful beginning to what I know will be the future of a basket full of knitting needle holders. I have so many completed, but “unframed,” needlework projects that have been waiting for me to win the lottery. That’s just not going to happen. And I now realize several of these little works of art would make wonderful needle cases, both large and small. Not only can I put these old projects to use, but I get to look at them again and be reminded of my life during the time I made them. Some of these memories are very sweet, and I’m happy to have been reminded of them. I suppose you could just knit some of these up, or even make some out of scrapbook materials. I love pretty little containers. Don’t you?
Check out this book for more ideas, and look around your own studio. If you come up with more knitting needle holder ideas, I hope you’ll share them.