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Exchanging knit to crochet

Exchange knitting to crochet or crochet to knitting.

Organize supplies or many craft projects going at once 

from Mary F . I found a second use for empty prescription bottles, glue a magnet inside and place your sewing needles inside, no more lost needles. I also use these without the magnet for small wiggle eyes and other things. Taster's choice coffee containers are good for keeping small amounts of scrap yarn and other things.


I use the kind on plastic bag that sheet sets and pillowcases come in to store ongoing projects in. These are much more durable and accessible than Ziploc bags, and they have zippers. You can usually fit your knitting needles or crochet hook inside as well. - Sarah K.


CROCHET HOOK CADDY: Use one of those small desk organizers that has at least four different heights of round can-shaped containers (normally used for pencils, paper clips etc). The tallest container will hold several long afghan hooks plus a few knitting needles. The shortest one for yarn needles, yarn markers etc. (Or make a caddy using round plastic containers glue them to a sturdy base made from wood/plastic or set (or glue} them down into a small straight sided container or small box. The plastic containers can be cut to the different heights you want. Ann beikenbary@adelphia.net


I love working with yarn, whether knitting or crocheting, and I usually have 2 or 3 projects going at any given time. I have found it convenient to organize my works in progress in plastic pans (dishpan to ½ bushel sizes) which I keep on shelves in my bedroom when I'm not working on them.  Jean W., St. Petersburg, FL   jwoodard@netscape.com


ORGANIZE PATTERN NOTEBOOKS: Number your notebooks of patterns, plus give each notebook a name as to what patterns are in there; such as Kitchen Stuff etc. Write the number of the notebooks and the name of the notebook (Kitchen Stuff etc) on separate index cards and list what patterns are in each notebook on the corresponding index card. Store the notebooks in numerical order in a bookcase, and the index cards in alphabetical order according to the name of the notebook in a file box. Then when you want a pattern it will be much easier to find.