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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Nifty DPN Storage!

So, this week I was on vacation, you know?
We didn't go anywhere, and there were some days I didn't leave the neighborhood.

I had already decided that I wanted to make something fancy for my needles. I have already made a needle case for my straight needles (I used the pattern from one of the Stitch n Bitch books), but wanted something for my DPNs and/or circular needles.

I had some cigar boxes.
I had some spare fabric (ha!).
I had a sewing machine.
I had liquid stitch glue.

So, here we go!


Here is the outside. It's held closed by a black satin ribbon that wraps around it and tied in a nice bow.


Open it and marvel at the red velvet lining and Dia de la Muertes fabric.


The Dia de la Muertes fabric unfolds like an accordian, with DPNs encased in red velvet inside.


As it unfolds, you can see where my number 3s are missing as I was using them.


Yes, I even have size 13 DPNs, from a felted purse I made. Don't you wish sometimes you could rent knitting needles?


Here's a couple photos of the accordian stretched out. I left 1-inch spaces in between each "page" of needles for folding purposes. Look to the right behind it -- that's why I said "Ha!" when I commented that I had "some spare" fabric. That's only about 1/4 of it!


A WIP shot. This is how I was able to measure for each individual set of DPNs. What will I do when I get more? I don't know! I'll have to make another one!

The coolest thing about this? It fits on a bookshelf! It's not ON a bookshelf right now, mind you, but if I were to put it on one, it would fit.

This project took a lot of ironing, pinning, and sewing for the interior "accordian", and then a lot of measuring, gluing, and sticky fingers for the exterior. It was pretty well worth it, I think.

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Blogger Stariel said...

That is supercool! I especially like the furry leopard print. :D

10:01 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

That is awesome! Love the fabrics! Very creative!

11:13 AM  
Blogger Bezzie said...

I'm also in awe of your extensive DPN collection!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

Super clever! I'm so impressed with people who can make whatever they want - great job. Lots o dpns too :)

3:46 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Now that is one groovy case! Great idea! I'm also liking the needle rental idea. ;)

4:06 PM  
Blogger Bad Amy said...

I love that it expands, and expands, and expands.... and it's super groovy fabric too! Nice.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Sner said...

I love the idea of using a cool old cigar box!! Very neat. Good luck with your Wiltons - I've found them super easy to use, especially with superwash fibre. I've gotten some acid dyes myself to try this summer but I just haven't had the chance yet!

10:22 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

That's inspired! I love the leopard fur case.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Penny Karma said...

Ok, what would you charge for one of those???

I think you might be onto something with that Needle Rental idea.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Poops said...

Hee hee looks like my dpn collection! Mitten Queens use lots of dpns!

I am in love with the idea of pimping out a cigar box!

*poops trots off to rummage through the craft room*

8:46 AM  
Blogger Andey Layne said...

Very cool. I want one. Wonder if I have any stray boxes lying around. Hmmm... I do have several tote bags. Maybe I could do the accordian part and tuck it into a tote. Need to make one for my straights, too.

Oh, heck, who am I kidding? It would take me two hours just to FIND all the needles, let alone organize them.

On another note, I see that you have some ChiaoGoo or however you spell it dpns. How do you like them? I ask because I have a set and my yarn seems to catch on the burned-in lettering really badly. I'm wondering if that tends to be true with all of their needles or if I happened to get a not-so-awesome pair.

10:37 AM  
Blogger ms. pixie riot said...

HOW ARE YOU SO AWESOME? hokey geez. I'm gonna sit here and lick your pictures, okay? :-D

1:30 PM  
Blogger Lime Street Knits said...

It's fabulous! Where did you find the Dia de la Muertes fabric?

1:07 PM  
Anonymous cathy said...

Awesome box! I love the skeletons dancing print.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Rebel said...

Wow - that is all kinds of awesomeness! Good job!

5:47 PM  

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