Originally Posted by redbedhead
to clarify, I have apparently more straight needles than you can shake a stick at.
Think of a box that a case of paper comes in, now fill it full of straight needles, all differnt sizes and lengths (I have found needles from size 1 to size 50). Now add another box HALF That size full of circular needles (at least 2 different sets of interchagables and the rest are individuals), Double pointed needles, and cable needles (I guess that is what they are they look like saftey pins of various sizes, widths, and lengths) Finally add a pencil box full of stitch markers, measuring tapes, sicssors, and Sewing needles. NOW Add another half paper case box of Crochet hooks!
Orginization is a big Problem, Plus I only have a 2 foot space in my bedroom to store it all in.
I inherited all of this from my Grandma when she passed on, and she had inherited some of them from her friend who passed on 2 years before her.
I'm a bit late to this thread, but having a similar need to organize (and a very small craft room), perhaps I can help.
For straights: I've always used a roll-up case like this: http://www.patternworks.com/productd...TICKS-CASE.htm
You probably only need (maximum) 2 pairs of each size. Keep in mind that straights come in short and long lengths.
For double-pointed needles: I have a second roll-up case like this: http://www.patternworks.com/productd...EEDLE-CASE.htm
This helps keep them organized. I've also seen pages like this, which would work, too: http://www.patternworks.com/productd...LE-POCKETS.htm
I have a similar roll for my crochet hooks.
For circular needles: I keep them in individual sandwich bags and file them (in size order, of course) in a make-up case. I have, though, been drooling over these http://www.patternworks.com/productd...LE-POCKETS.htm
because keeping them in a 3-ring binder would be even more organized. I don't have any interchangeables.
The safety-pin things are stitch holders. I keep stitch holders, markers, sewing stuff, and so on in stackable drawers like these: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-...White/15940600
You can also buy them 1 at a time. I have each drawer labeled with it's contents. You could also get an organizer with lots of little drawers - you'll usually find these in a hardware section (something like model 88206 at Lowes - the link wouldn't post) so you can keep all the little doo-dads separate.
Good luck! I know how irksome it can be not to have your stuff organized. (My mom calls it nuts. I call it peaceful.)