Knit/crochet needle storage

If you like oatmeal, you’re in luck. I made these needle holders out of the cardboard cannisters that hold Quaker Oats (and the smaller one out of a breadcrumb cannister).

The idea came from SuperCrafty, another book you should have in your crafty collection. I made these at least a year ago, but I thought I’d post them now because I still think they are one of the most useful projects I’ve ever done. And what a great way to reuse something you’d probably toss.

The paper came from Two Hands Paperie, a wonderful store in Boulder, and I believe the ribbon is from JoAnn. What keeps the needles separated inside? Toilet paper tubes. Or paper towel tubes for the tall ones. Since my knitting projects tend to travel, I still keep my really tall needles in a “tool burrito” my sister sewed.

Clever bead storage

Now that I’ve taken up crochet beaded bracelets I find myself in need of bead storage. I had been keeping my beads separated in a muffin tin, but it’s bulky and well, supposed to be for muffin making.

I don’t know what made me think of it but I’ve been keeping teeny tiny baggies that once contained spare buttons. They’re just the right size for holding a few beads.

I also noticed that each baggie has a little hole running through it, so I strung them together with a spare piece of jewelry wire and now I won’t lose the little guys.

Get your ribbon under control

Have I mentioned yet how excited I am that Martha Stewart has a line of products at Michael’s?? I could spend hours in that aisle — her stuff just seems to match my taste really well. Anyway, one thing I actually let myself buy was this ribbon box. It’s got a bar inside that goes through the center of your spools and handily feeds it out the front.

I also bought a scrapbook for my Europe trip pictures, but isn’t it scrapbooking tradition to wait at least a year to get started?

Soap dish from Real Simple

A great idea for keeping your ever-slimy man soap looking a little less bacheloresque in your bathroom (from Real Simple’s Simple Solutions book, one of my favorites).