I read this whole
thread over the last couple days. THANK you to everyone who posted. I picked up a couple GREAT tips.
Most of my tips were already posted, but I have a few that weren't expressly covered:
1. When putting my work down or throwing it into my project bag to go, I wrap a rubber band around the pointed ends of the needles so my work can't slip off. If you're using straight needles (I use circulars for everything
) this will also prevent you from losing a needle or having to dig for it. If you're using DPNs I would just use a DPN holder or point protectors. I'm totally paranoid about this esp. since I use super slippery needles.
2. I love to find new uses for old objects. I use a retainer case to hold my necessities that I keep with my current WIP (yes, I only have 1 at a time on the needles). It holds a rubber band, retractable measuring tape, yarn needles, st markers, a row counter, lifeline floss, small fold up scissors, knit picks keys, safety pins, and tiny butterfly clips. I just added a bobby pin last night thanks to someone else's tip!
3. I would suggest not only learning to read your sts, but learn different ways to knit like Portuguese and Combination (eastern uncrossed). You may find one of these ways is less taxing or faster. You also don't get rowing out with Combination knitting. My knits and purls are the same tension and purls are just as quick and easy as knit sts.
4. I have a set of Knit Picks Options and Denise interchangeables. I couldn't live without them. There are some sizes and cord lengths offered in each that aren't offered in the other, so between the 2 I have everything covered. Plus if I need a second set of the same size/length at the same time I have it. I like to knit 2 identical objects (sleeves, etc) at the same time on separate needles to avoid tangling.
5. Take full advantage of KH, YouTube, and the knitting chart maker by Jacquie (http://jacquie.typepad.com/Charts/knitChart.htm
). I've learned so many new techniques, had SO many questions answered, and started designing my own cables with these indispensible sites.
6. I also crochet. I had a mini Maglite flashlight that came in a hard case. I took out the plastic insert that cradled the flashlight and it's the perfect size to hold all