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keeping track of needles

Posted by susan_on (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 23, 07 at 20:56

I inherited a bundle of DPN's in various sizes. They are bundled with an elastic. There are at least 36 needles there. Is there a way I can keep them so that I know the size automatically without measuring against the gage? The packages are long gone. Just wondering if anybody else has had this problem, and how they handled it.

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RE: keeping track of needles

I only have about 5 sets of dpn's. But I have this long tube that I put all my needles in and with my dpn's, I bundle them with tape and write the size on the tape. I always keep them in the same place, otherwise I would lose them in my menagerie. Seems to work allright for me.

RE: keeping track of needles

I went to the Dollar Store and bought four toothbrush holders, the tube type with lids, and sorted mine into those then labeled them with address labels and a piece of clear packing tape to keep the the labels clean. I couldn't find just the toothbrush holders I had to buy the whole travel kit but for a dollar I think I got a deal lol. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the rest of those little bottles and jars. ;0)

RE: keeping track of needles

I'll try these suggestions. I have so many needles; dpn's, circular, regular needles...I have to get a system going.

RE: keeping track of needles

This is going to sound lame but it might work for now: freezer tape sticks really well (forever, sometimes, to my consternation) -- why not wrap some freezer tape around the top end of the needle, write the size on it, and there you go... (well, it would probably be easier to write on the tape and then wrap it on the needle)... not very elegant but then you'd have the size right on the needle. Just a thought :)

RE: keeping track of needles

Thanks Zipper for the toothbrush holder idea.I currently have mine all loose in a large hatbox,and it is a pain trying to match up the correct sizes when I need them.
Just what I need!Another excuse to go to Dollarama...LOL
Eliza Ann

RE: needle holders............

Glad I could give you a good excuse Eliza Ann, lol. Don't you just love those stores? I finally came up with the toothbrush holder idea when I kept loosing needles out of the bottom of those plastic bags they come in. (DPN's poke holes who knew?? hahaha)


RE: keeping track of needles

Zipper, thanks for that idea. I will have to look in to it. Got a pretty box I use, but it is overflowing.
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The circular needles fit niceley in a zip lock bag, and are kept in sequence in my tin box.


RE: keeping track of ....more.......

Moni, the pretty box and tin are also great ideas, I have paper napkins in my tin like that I use them in the RV and it makes life easier when you eat outside. ;0)

I better mention that I found some toothbrush holders in CVS pharmacy but they had holes in the bottom of them and were more expensive than the ones at the dollar store, the ones I got were just the perfect size and cheap to boot.

Also the toothbrush holders I bought came in packages with other little things like flip-top bottles, screw lid jars and soap dishes. I couldn't find just the toothbrush holders but I was willing to take all the extras just to find a nice home for the DPN's lol.

RE: keeping track of needles

You could bundle the needles together and on one make a tiny, narrow band for each number of the needle. A size 8 would have 8 stripes of nail polish on it. Or you could sew a series of narrow, long pockets on some quilted fabric, making one pocket for each set of dpns. And you could embroider the number on the pocket or doe 8 little French knots, for example.

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