I have ziploc bags with whatever basic knitting tools I need for each particular project in them. Not exactly cute or nifty, but it does the job.
But here is a much classier and "sexier" solution from http://thesexyknitter.etsy.com! Sarah, the woman behind thesexyknitter.etsy.com, created these compact Knitter's Tool Tins (she has a Crochet version too!) and sent me some to review and giveaway. Thanks so much, Sarah!
Each Knitter's Tool Tin includes: a stitch holder, a cable needle, a double-ended crochet hook, a set of origami star stitch markers, Puppy Snips scissors (so cute!), 2 yarn needles, a sewing needle, a measuring tape, and a magnetic strip to keep the needles in place. WOW! It's so easy to keep all you need in one place and just toss this tin into your project bag!
The tins come with fun and striking knitting stitch pattern graphics decorating the tops. You can ALSO personalize them with your own image! I LOVE that option, of course, as all I had to do was email Sarah an image of what I wanted, and she did all the rest. Cool, huh?
The customization option makes it such a great gift option. You and your knitting/crochet group can get matching ones! Or put your best finished project photo on there ;-)
The stitch markers included in the Tool Tin are also sold separately, along with other stitch marker sets on her etsy site. The ones Sarah sent me to review are the Origami Paper Stars. So beautiful, modern, and seemingly delicate, but they really are surprisingly sturdy (as she notes on her site). Very unique! They come in a small glass tube with cork stopper (nice packaging!). The fact that they are lightweight is ideal, as you really don't want stitch markers to ever weigh down your needles.
Please do visit TheSexyKnitter at http://www.theSexyKnitter.etsy.com. Sarah has a fun selection to check out at reasonable prices (Knitter's Tool Tins are $22 - $25; Stitch Marker Sets are $5.00)! Tell her SweaterBabe.com sent you!
*** And now for the giveaway details! ***
I have one customized SweaterBabe.com Knitter's Tool Tin and a set of 5 Origami Paper Star Stitch Markers to give away. TWO lucky winners will be chosen randomly after July 15th.
Here are the THREE ways you can enter this giveaway (do one or ALL THREE!):
1) Add your comment to this Blog Post by 9pm PST on July 15th, 2011. One comment per person, please. Telll us how you keep your knitting tools handy!
2) Make a pattern purchase from www.SweaterBabe.com anytime from now until 9pm PST on July 15th, 2011. Each pattern purchased counts as a separate entry!
3) Comment in the thread announcing this giveaway in my Ravelry Fans Group at: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/sweaterbabecom-fans. Comment must be made by 9pm PST, July 15th. One comment per person, please. This link will only work if you are a member of Ravelry.com.
Good luck to all!
*** July 15th announcement ***
AND the Winner's are . . . Julianne M, who placed an order on 6/30, and Judi A., who left a comment on this blog post on 6/30. Congrats!! Julianne, you have won the Knitter's Tool Tin and Judi, you have won the Origami Paper Star Stitch Markers. Woohoo!