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Knit Knacks! What Are Your Must-haves?


#21

I keep two knitting tool kits; one is a rigid plastic pencil case, re-purposed ages ago from my kids, which sits mostly on the coffee table near the couch where I do most of my at-home knitting. The other is a medium-sized, zippered pouch which is soft and flat enough to fit easily in my handbag or travel-bag yet large enough so that I don’t have to spill everything out to find the one thing. In fact it is large enough to hold a small WIP such as a sock or two. Only the pouch gets to leave the house or even just the room. Each kit holds good scissors, yarn-darning needles, a few dpns for emergencies and cabling, see-through high-lighter tape, a needle gauge, markers, a stitch-counter, a pencil, some waste-yarn, etc. It’s worked very well for me over the decades in spite of my great talent for misplacing what I most need in every other area of my life.


#22

Why didn’t I think of a box that can’t be moved! I have just the box, a very pretty old inlaid wood box I inherited. It’s now sitting in the dining room with useless stuff in it but now I will stock it with all the knitting helpers and give it a place of pride in the living room. Thanks for the suggestion. As for the travelling bag I have about 4, and still things wander - maybe too many and too small is the problem. Thanks for the ideas.


#23

You can get them on most airplanes, but not all. Mine were seized at the Hong Kong Airport.


#24

I fly a good deal, and so always have dental floss and a tapestry needle in my notions bag. The cutter in the dental floss case is handy in lieu of a scissor, and I use the dental floss for a lifeline if I’m traveling through an airport that might have a problem with my needles.


#25

Canadian tire money. Nothing to do with knitting, but I have it stashed everywhere. It just feels right.


#26

Very true. I started carrying dental floss in my knitting bag when I was flying fairly often, and I still keep a container of unwaxed floss in my notions bag for lifelines and the handy cutter.


#27

I’ll bite…what is “Canadian tire money”?


#28

Canadian Tire is a hardware/aurtopart/sporting goods/housewares/seasonal/etc store in Canada. It started out as tires/auto parts/hardware and grew. Anyway, its thing is that with every purchase you get an immediate rebate of 1 or 2% in Canadian Tire Money. Looks like monopoly money but the bill denominations are 1cent 5 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent. You can use it the next time to pay for part of your purchase. People save until they have $20 or $50 or so and then splurge on something. In the meantime, it’s squirreled away everywhere- coat pockets, junk drawer, car dash, etc.


#29

And they don’t have a yarn department?
How about a Suggestion Box?


#30

I don’t think I’d buy yarn from Canadian Tire. It would be dirty and it would smell like motor oil.


#31

It’s our second currency. Mostly you just hoard it. Maybe use it to buy a lantern so you can knit while camping. I’d post a pic, but don’t know how. :canada: :heart:️:ram::grinning:


#32

Disagree. Wouldn’t be dirty or stinky.


#33

As much as I like a good canadian tire discussion, could we please direct the discussion back to the topic? I have cookies and stitch markers!


#34

Yes you do! :slight_smile: Thanks - that’s lovely. Much more interesting than the Green Stamps of my youth.


#35

I have 4 silver mesh bags that are sized quite small to medium, each bigger than the next:
Smallest bag: stitch markers
Small bag: stitch safety pins in plastic
Medium-small bag: bits of yarn for holding stitches
Medium bag: scissor, tape measures, tapestry needles, pencil and eraser, note card, and the other 3 bags

I have a separate circular needle holder that I store near the spot where I knit in my house.


#36

I try to have a notions bag in each knitting bag since I’m a multiple project knitter. I fly a lot so reuse the cases I get on international flights. Instead of scissors, I use a Clover yarn cutter pendant–airplane approved and doesn’t cut through the bag. Most of the r st of my items have already been listed. I keep multiple sized row counters as well for different sized n edges and thicker and thinner tapestry needles. I used to use the plastic ones, but I’ve found that the tips chip after lots of use.


#37

I once received a bright orange mesh zippered pouch and it has become a favorite “notions” bag–you can see through it to be sure what you need is in there.

Another favorite notions bag is one I received as a gift from an Etsy vendor eons ago–the front side is made from seriously thick plastic–again, you can see what you have and find it easily. I don’t know if it has a tag to identify the vendor–it’s one of my go-to notions bags.

As far as accessories go, I don’t think I have anything new to add, unless your mother uses cable needles. There are a lot of fun ones in fun colors that might just add a little something to your thoughtful gift. :slight_smile: I have a few neon plastic ones that make me smile, even though I don’t use cable needles often.


#38

I spend a lot of time on planes and keep a pair of kids blunt tipped scissors, stolen from my son, in my little bag–TSA has never said a word (and they come in fun colors!).


#39

I don’t know specifics about folding scissors, but I do know you can’t take one of those yarn cutter necklaces with the hidden blades on a plane precisely because of the blades. Scissors with blades under 3.5 or 4 inches are usually allowed, though you might get some side-eye from your agent. I usually pack them right next to my little ruler in case there are questions.

Right at this moment, my current little notions pouch in my purse contains a measuring tape, the clover darning needle case mentioned above with needles inside, some waste yarn and scraps of yarn, a cable needle, small scissors, a button from a LYS, a dpn point protector, and a golf pencil. The supplies inside sometimes change depending on it I need a special tool for my project on the go or if I pick something up while I’m out and about.


#40

Those little scissors are great. They usually cut yarn quite well and have blunt tips - and are inexpensive enough to have in several key spots. I have a pair or 2 in the car…