Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How a common household item organized my knitting!


Knitting Tip!

Use this common household object to organize your knitting - I found a paper towel holder that I thought was a little quirky and decided it might be handy for those little wound balls floating all over my knitting room. The paper towel holder (now yarn holder!) instantly made things look tidier.
In addition, I use a lot of hand painted yarns and found that I can stack the balls in the order that I am going to use them.

Another Tip: 
Find a towel holder that also rotates so if you sit at a table to knit, the yarn will unwind very easily.  It works best if the balls are wound in those little cakes made from yarn winders. If you don't have a yarn winder, when you hand wind, make sure you use two fingers when wrapping the ball!

This knitting tip has been provided by Donna Pelzar, aka the Knitting Doctor. If you have a knitting question or tip, feel free to contact Donna!

Happy knitting!

17 comments:

  1. Anonymous8/13/2013

    Every year I go to the Estes Park Wool market and I bought a yarn lazy susan of sorts. he makes all kinds of designs, but mine is a sheep and I bought one for a friend too, they go around while you're knitting or crocheting! It's wonderful!

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    1. You wouldn't have the gentleman's name who makes them would you?

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    2. connie hendricks8/14/2013

      sounds cute, do you have a website or pic so I could see what it looks like

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  2. I use both a paper towel holder and a stand alone toilet paper holder I got at a flea mkt. For smaller yarns such as sock yarn, I put it on empty toilet paper rolls. I put them on the stand holder, because it is close to chair size when I'm sitting in my favorite chair, I can have it on the side and my yarn moves smoothly because it is on the roll. May sound funny but it works!

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    1. Hi Mykas Mom!
      That's a great idea, too! Thanks for sharing another knitting tip!

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  3. Anonymous8/13/2013

    Love this idea! Funny that Mykas Mom mentioned the toilet paper stand. I have one that I'm not using for TP and was just wondering what to do with it. This is perfect. Thanks for posting.

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  4. Anonymous8/14/2013

    My husband made me one with two sizes of posts for sock yarn or heavier weight, it spins freely with some hardware he uses. The post removes for travel and pack flat, handiest thing I own for knitting

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  5. Anonymous8/14/2013

    Do u hv the pattern for what your husband made¿?

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  6. Anonymous8/14/2013

    Love all these ideas. The ones I'm sharing are not new, nor did I come up with them but just love them. 1) the "little socks" used to try on shoes in a store - once washed are great to contain the cakes/buns of yarn from unraveling in a knitting bag while traveling. 2) the little plastic clip used on breads has a u-shaped cut out. If a CO tail is long wrap it up on these little guys and it will stay out of the way, not get accidentally used as working yarn.

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    1. Anonymous8/14/2013

      Love the plastic bread clip idea!

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  7. Anonymous8/14/2013

    I actually took a sterilite show-offs plastic tote, so it is portable. My dear hubby drilled holes on each side, ran a dowel through the holes, then a slightly larger diameter pvc pipe/tube cut to fit the inside dimensions of the tote. The pvc rolls, the dowel doesn't and the yarn skeins go over the top and unwinds smoothly.
    Just learned to knit and find that old plastic spools (empty from ribbon) are very handy for flattening out specialty fishnet and ribbon style yarns, then they work much smoother during knitting.

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  8. Anonymous8/14/2013

    I use empty tissue paper containers to hold my balls of yarn that I'm working with. Keeps it tidy and keeps the dogs away from my yarn :)

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  9. Anonymous9/13/2013

    For years I had 2 pringles potato chip cans taped together with the botton off the top one and used it to store my long straight needles.

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  10. Anonymous9/13/2013

    Bath puffs (from the Dollar store) can be opened up and cut into lengths to make great yarn bras. And a kids plastic pencil case is useful for holding small items like stitch markers, yarn needles, etc.

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  11. I am trying to imagine what a yarn bra is? ... :-O

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