Monday, August 6, 2007

Reduce, Reuse, Recylce and ....

......organize my knitting and crocheting tools.

I made these two carry with you knit/crochet tool rolls from placemats I picked up at the thrift store. This one I kept for myself and did use a brand new button. The crocheted closure I used frogged yarn given to me by my Dad, so another reuse.

Knit/Crochet tool roll

As you can see there is room for a gauge check tool (a small ruler), scissors, stitch markers attached with a large coilless safety pin, crochet hooks for hookin' or picking up dropped stitches, a pencil for making notes, sticky notes, and I think small calculator could fit in here as well.

Knit/Crochet tool roll

The on below I made for a Knit and Crochet Goodie Bag on Craftster.

Take with You  Knit/Crochet Tools

This can store all the same things but I also included a small mini m&m tube with needles for weaving in ends. I'd like to come up with some other additions to this design to create a pocket for needles. I used a crochet closure as well. The "button" is a glass bead I crocheted around with #10 thread and a #6 hook.

Take with you Knit/Crochet Tools

These are really easy to make.

Just go find the things you know you will put in your on the go project bag and fold over and pin together. I try to place things in such a way that it works easily to have it fold up like trifold book, which is why the larger pocket seem to work better on the outside and the smaller pockets on the inside

If you plan to add a pocket to hold needles take that into account when you layout how you want your tools to fit then sew that on first.

Then with a some kind of washable marking pin or even tape mark where you want the sewing lines to go.

I picked up the larger coilless safety pins at Michael's, I am sure you can find them elsewhere, to store stitch markers.

I crocheted the closure by making a chain then skipping several chains to make a loop. I just put it up against the button I planned use to make sure it was large enough. I used #5 crochet thread and fairly small hook maybe a D or an E. Then I crochet back down the opposite side and into the loop then slipped stitched to join.

You cab buy buttons for your closure but you can also crochet a cover of anything just the right size. It could be a great way to cover up a not so pretty button you have around. I use #10 thread and a #6 hook for that.

If you don't crochet I am sure you could find a way to use velcro, some kind of clasp closure or ribbons to tie.

I think more than one of these could be useful and a great gift for your fiber geek friends.

1 comment:

  1. I love them both, but especially your first one!