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#143142 September 6th, 2006 at 04:54 AM
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[Linked Image]My mom gave me ALL her knitting needles and crochet needles yesterday!
It was both a wonderful, yet bittersweet moment.

Wonderful, because she has soooooooo many different sizes, lengths, styles, etc - I don't know where to put them all - any suggestions as to how to keep them in some kind of order? Most pairs were rubberbanded together, but the rubberbands are so old and dried out now, that I have to actually scrape some of them off the needles.

The bittersweet, is because that is yet another chapter of her life that is over. eek Her hands shake so very badly now, she can't even think about picking up needles to do any work. She will be 80 this Oct. 14th, and her body is going downhill pretty rapidly now. Duh

#143143 September 6th, 2006 at 05:11 AM
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I picked up a long wooden box at Dollar tree last week that is bigenough to hold at least one of every size crochet needle made. As for knitting needles I found some tall narrow cylindrical carved wooden boxes with a hinged lid at Old Time Pottery that might work to hold them.

#143144 September 6th, 2006 at 05:57 AM
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Great ideas, Thorny - thanks! Duh thumbup

#143145 September 6th, 2006 at 06:01 AM
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How many needles are we talking about?

You could drill holes in a piece of wood to hang them in pairs, the wood could either be mounted on the wall of made into a table of sorts. The drill hole would have to be large enough for the needle to fit in but not larger than the head so they would not fall through.

#143146 September 6th, 2006 at 06:05 AM
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Triss - nice idea, but we are talking MANY MANY MANY needles of assorted sizes.

When I get a chance, I'm going to pour them out on the floor and take a picture! wink
They looked like tons of pick-up sticks yesterday while I was transferring them into 1 bag! laugh
They are all so nice and colorful!

Hmmmm... that might actually make a nice photo to frame for the craft room wall - will have to use Don's better camera for that! thumbup

#143147 September 6th, 2006 at 06:49 AM
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What a collection to cherish Lynne.

Love to see some pics of them...the "pick up sticks" as you called them thumbup

#143148 September 6th, 2006 at 07:03 PM
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It could make a great Wall decoration maybe a quilt or something like that with some kind of elastic strap for them ... I made something simalar for the boys crayons.. Duh Just a thought

#143149 September 6th, 2006 at 07:15 PM
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Can you take a picture of the crayon quilt, Rita?
Sounds very interesting!

I want to be able to use the needles, so I don't think I'd put it into a piece of art, but will definitely take some pictures and hopefully get a good one to blow up and frame.

#143150 September 6th, 2006 at 07:31 PM
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I was actually trying to find it for you Lynne..
Keith Put it away because Mitch got into it and was coloring my walls with art...

I could describe it as a blanket with slots for the crayons.. Kinda like a pencil holder..trying to still find it... Perhaps it is time to clean out the atic :p

#143151 September 6th, 2006 at 08:23 PM
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laugh laugh I'd love to see it too Rita...once you find it thumbup

#143152 September 6th, 2006 at 08:26 PM
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Do they still make drawer organizers you can 'bbuild your own?? You pick out different size 'baskets' that snap together? Like a silverware organizer? Then layer them in your lined basket???

#143153 September 6th, 2006 at 08:58 PM
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I was thinking along those lines too, Wrennie! thumbup

Looks like a trip down into Paramus to the Container Store is in order soon.

hmmmm - just did a quickie search on their website - terrific idea, Wrennie - thanks!

drawer organizers!

#143154 September 6th, 2006 at 10:38 PM
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Love the quilt idea. Even if they were up on the wall, you could still use them and the display would look fabulous! The drawer idea is good as well and more practical.


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