I thought with autumn approaching and the winter not far behind, I will sort all my needles and double sizes that I have.
How do you store circular needles..mine look like spagehti noodles in a shoe box... what a mess.
I wish they were marked with sizes and length. When a circular is said to be 40 inches, is it only the cord or the needle included?
I have the Knitpick options circular set so I store them in the binder with the plastic sleeves. I've marked the sizes on the plastic sleeves. However I do have some Addi Turbos and I store them in their original plast sleeves that they came in to keep the cord contained.
I hope that helps.
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They are measured from needle tip to needle tip. I have sets of 16s, 24s, 32s, 40s and 60s, the sizes are marked on each needle(bamboo), so I keep the different length sizes in separate, closable plastic bags and mark the length on the outside.
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Try measuring each needle, tip to tip, and then storing each in a separate zip lock sandwich sized baggie; mark the needle size and length on the outside of the baggie with permanent marker. Then you can store the baggies (in order of size smallest to largest) back into the box. It won't look like spagetti in the box anymore and will be neat and organized. Good luck!
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I prefer the shoebox (or a hard plastic one) because the cords don't get curled up again like they would if I put them in baggies. I generally have no problem remembering which is which size and length, though if I'm not sure, I use the gauger measure.
I haven't counted my circs recently, but I'd estimate I have about 75.
(I know; it's a sickness.) The collection has outgrown one of those Circular Solution holders, which are great for smaller quantities.
I recently bought a 3-ring binder at Staples with a 3" spine. Really fat. Then I bought a bunch of heavy-duty plastic bags with zip-lock type fasteners. These come 3 to a package and are punched for use in binders. Each size circ, regardless of length, goes into its own bag, which is marked with the number. And all the bags go in the binder. To find the right needle, I just flip through the "pages" until I get to the right size, and pick the length I want out of the bag. There are currently bags for sizes 0 and smaller through 13 and larger.
The "needle book" is bulky but it stands on a bookshelf like a dictionary and works very well. I've never felt so organized.
As for knowing which needle is what size, I keep a sizer in the pocket of the binder.
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