On Tools and Kits

I have been listening through the back catalogue of KnitPicks podcasts over the past three months or so, and Kelley Petkun, the voice of the podcast and the heart of KnitPicks, always has some brilliant topic of conversation.  One recent topic (I am up in 140s, but this was around the 120s) was about tool kits and I realized I might share my system for knitting tools and project bags.

While Kelley might never believe me, but I usually only have 2 or 3 projects on the go. I find having too many WIPs makes me anxious and so I have been limiting myself to only a few WIPs at a time.  Because of that, I only have on kit, that stays with me as I switch from project to project.

This may turn into a bit of an advertorial for KnitPicks, but their tools are nice and reasonably priced, also as someone who lacks an LYS, it is one of the cheapest way to get knitting tools in Parry Sound.

I carry a ... (from left to right)

  • case - the Buddy Case made by Namaste (who make awesome knitting bags and accessories), and the top and bottom are magnetized, which keeps the small stuff from running away. ($20)
  • pen - this one is short enough to actually fit inside the case and came as part of a bonus from Eat.Sleep.Knit (free)
  • scissors - this pair are the KnitPicks steeking scissors, they are small, light and brutally sharp, they are great for everything, I have a second pair that I keep at my desk. ($3.49)
  • tape measure - this one is retractable and works great ($1.99)
  • interchangeable knitting needle key, with charm - so the KnitPicks needles require a small key to attach the cables and tips.  Each set of cables come with one of these keys, however I attached the key to a cell phone charm I got as a bonus from winemakerssister from ordering a bunch of stitch markers. Because of the charm I have yet to lose my first key. ($0)
  • darning needles - I prefer bent tips, and I carry all three because the magnetic top holds them better than my desk drawer ($1.99)
  • cable caps - these come with the cable and work well to make a cable into a stitch holder on the fly ($0)
  • coil wraps (large and small) - better than point protectors by holding the tips together, they keep everything falling off the needles in transit or while trying something on ($1.99)
  • stitch markers - these are my big splurge, I have a bunch of different set from winemakerssister, including some crochet markers, and a "Clapotis" set.  Her markers work well and are so very, very pretty. ($8-15 a set)
  • cable needles - I generally cable without a cable needle, but when I need a cable needle, these ones are brilliant. ($4.99)
  • very small stitch holder - this works for holding mitten thumbs, hanging onto runaway stitches and all sorts of other good stuff ($2)
I love how well this kit works for me, I only have larger items, like my needles, needle sizer/gauge reader, in my office. Everything else is in the kit, and because it is always in use I have yet to lose it, knock on wood.
So what does your kit look like?