I agree… our shopping trip was a bit nuts. I was really very tired when Gram asked if we needed anything from the store. I had only woken up and am very impressionable at that time. (Hadn’t yet finished my morning coffee…) I really only went for velcro strips to hang the beautiful pictures you gifted C & me for Christmas. Somehow, that is NOT all I walked out of the store with.
This impromptu trip, of course, was the reason you and I were so late in getting started on the knitting needle rolls you wanted to make. For that, I’m very sorry… I really, really thought you needed to run to the store for something as well… So very odd… The late start was not a deterrent, though, as I was very excited to help you make them! One for each niece and one for me. Yay!
Okay, so the pattern you had in your knitting book, I’m sorry… looked a mess!! Surely someone who knew how to sew properly did not write that pattern… and I’m no professional… Just home taught. So I found the pattern I used to make my crochet hook case… the most beautiful one I found, I thought! It was designed by a woman named Tracy who was kind enough to post it and its pattern on her blog.
I didn’t really follow all the instructions exactly. I didn’t like the way the original closed. I don’t like the way mine closes, but I’m still working on that. And the batting I used was the high loft stuff I had leftover from C’s quilt… Not ideal, but it works! And still holds every last one of my hooks… which as you know are of the larger than normal variety due to my bad wrists.
Now, this wouldn’t do for knitting needles of course… its own designer notes that it would need to be made taller to accommodate the increased height of the needles, but that wasn’t enough. This case folds in thirds. It doesn’t roll like your case, nor was it as wide as your case… and your case looked really rather full!! No, this would simply be our baseline.
I’m glad you didn’t mind all that ironing while I tinkered and measured and added and figured. But soon it was done! I had crossed out much of the original pattern, deleting or replacing steps, and adding new ones. Yes, this would look and function just like your case… just like I promised!
So we cut and pinned and sewed, and pinned and sewed some more… a bit of ironing… and presto! 3 beautiful knitting needle rolls. Now, of course, we’ll be posting a tutorial up here soon… but in our excitement and haste, we did not take photos! We’ll have to get better at that… Not to worry. There were SO many needles to split up there was more than enough to well stock 3 rolls and get another started plus have some left over for a garage sale… I think I had better keep you away from the knitting needles at the thrift stores… seems to be something of a compulsory need of yours to purchase these things whether you need them or not! Haha. 🙂
So, what to do with those needles I mentioned that we did not need and could be used to get another roll started? Well, that should go to little C, of course, our good friend who I taught to crochet. Why shouldn’t she learn to knit as well? She’ll love it. So… the tutorial photos can be taken when we make that roll.
I had an absolutely lovely time sewing all this with you… only regret is that we started so late that it was 6AM before we had them all sewn and the needles sorted, and you had to go straight to work from then. Sleep! We need it! I seem to never get any when we have one of our plans! We’ll work on that… Speaking of sleep… I’m about to head off to it now.
Lots of Love,
PS – Thanks again for all the pokey sticks! I have NO clue how to use them… but I already love them and they seem quite content in their new home awaiting use!