If you ever got the notion
I found this post about travel tools on Agujas (via this one on All She Wants To Do Is Knit) and decided to share my own portable notions storage. This is pretty much what I had with me on our trip (picture proof here) — it is, however, by no means all my notions and doo-dads. I have a separate post planned about knitting tools and storage more generally.
I used to use an Altoids-sized tin, but it was getting too crowded and I wanted to be able to fit my measuring tape in there as well, so when we were in London I picked up this tin at Forbidden Planet. I love it — it fits a good amount of stuff without taking up too much space, and it’s easy to toss into whatever bag I’m currently using. The only downside is that the lid isn’t hinged, but that’s only rarely an issue. I tend to have it sitting next to me when I work at home, too, so it’s really just my every-day notions tin.
And yes, it looks so wonderfully (deceptively) orderly and organized when you arrange it like this.
So what do I carry with me? The aforementioned measuring tape (I like this one because it’s not that bulky) and scissors, tip protectors (I seem to have misplaced two?), darning needles (I never use the huge one, I don’t know why it’s in there), a row counter, a plethora of different stitch markers (most of which I’ve only just taken out of a shawl), a tightener and cable ends for my KnitPro needles, and a rubber band which most likely held a set of DPNs together.
If I remember, I usually try to bring a crochet hook with me if I go anywhere, just in case — it’s a lot easier to pick up dropped stitches or fix mistakes that way. Sometimes I also bring a pencil to check off pattern repeats; it depends on what I’m making.
All of this and the actual project tend to go in a small cotton tote. I have a couple, and it’s nice to have projects separated if I know I’m going to want to bring stuff with me somewhere. Well, in theory they go in the tote — usually they go in there right before I actually leave.