Friday, January 07, 2011

My efforts to corral my knitting supplies where I knit the most, are going well for my second effort. Along with the scrap booking bag that I purchased the other day, I snagged another organizational helper. It's another scrap booking tool but it's a great one as far as I am concerned. I have steadily been putting things into it and I am so pleased.

As you can tell from the photograph, I am not the only one with a clutter problem (on the other side of the carousel is where my husband's pile sits). While I was cleaning up I was having some tea as you can see. My Jennie the Potter knitting bowl has my latest sock project in it too (at the time this post was done there were bowls listed on her Esty shop). I was not kidding about having things handy. I don't knit in bed so this is really "Knitty Central" for me.

The Carousel has a ton of storage spaces for loads of things but they have to be on the smallish side. There are a few drawers but they are shallow. So far one drawer has a Burt's Bee Lip Balm and one green row counter. The other one has dental floss. See how small the drawer is. There are two in the carousel.

I decided that I am tired of getting up and down to grab another pair or needles when I need to change because I didn't get gauge so I brought all my Addis downstairs. I have Addi Turbos and Addi Lace Needles. Here is how I used to store my Addis.
I met a lady who said she used plastic pillow case holders to store her needles. They truly are the perfect size but I want to use a different method to store my needles. I had one pillow case holder for the Addis and one for the Lace Addis. When I was sorting through them to put them in the carousel, I found out I had duplicates of more needles that what I wanted to admit. I think that being disorganized I didn't keep track of what I had so I ordered more. Not good.
There are other things that I use on a regular basis that need to be handy that are now stored in the carousel.


Bobbins for color work and there are spare places for more things to be stored.

I store my knitting do-dads in little candy tins

Do Dads new home
And last but not least...a lovely picture of a friend's mini sock skeins for her sock blankie. I thought the perfect place for it was not in a frame but here where I can look at it every single day. It's lovely.

So it's onward and upward with organization. I still have to conquer the craft closet and the dreaded yarn bins. It might take me a bit before I work up the courage to organize those but it will happen this year. It has too!


Milly said...

That is a great organizer! I love it!

vlb5757 said...

Thanks Milly! I bought it at Michaels and I think I got 40% off when I bought it. It turns and that was a bonus too. I still haven't finished filling it up but I am sure it will happen. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Ria said...

I keep trying.... someday....

sad - my word verification is "comic" the universe is mocking my hopes for organization!

Peg Graham said...

Love this V!!!!

Paula said...

Wow, that is just the neatest little organizer ever!! I love it!
I keep my smallest sewing notions in empty General Foods International coffee cans.
(I have a can in each flavor. ha)
I have one with all my needle packs, one with all my empty bobbins, and so forth. They also stack pretty well, too.

vlb5757 said...

Thanks Peg! I am still on the road to decluttering!

Paula-I used to keep things in tins but it just got to be too much. Things that are see through work much better for me. My attention span is very short and the frustration level gets higher the more things I have to look through to find something.

erinkristi said...

I've seen these at michaels and have considered buying one but didn't because I have so many little desk organize things...but it never occur to me to store my knitting paraphernalia in it. Great thinking! I also really like that you have that one brown tote as sock central, it's a smart idea. You're an inspiration, friend!

erinkristi said...

Oh...and I think the new color scheme works!

erinkristi said...

And if I head read to the very end of the post, instead of getting all excited about how you used the carousel, iD have seen the final stroke of beauty. I'm all warm and fuzzy with gratitude!

vlb5757 said...

Erin, I am glad that you like where I put your picture. I love it and see it every day when I sit here. I am glad you like the new color scheme. I am just trying some new things like I said I would at the beginning of the year. I did the tote as "Sock Central" because I signed up to do tweleve pair this year so needed a dedicated place to find all that stuff on an ongoing basis. I think now it will be forever. I love Michaels!