After taking over the Weaving Studio at work, I have decided that my priority for this year is to organize the working space. I have begun with the small things in the hope that they will lead very shortly to the bigger things, and that by the end of 2015 there will be order in the momentary chaos that prevails.
I have started by organizing our tool shelf. Having 20 odd hands rummaging through our DPN container at any given time, it was continually a mess to say the least, and I found that you would need to spend a precious 15 minutes at the very least looking for a set of DPNs. If you were lucky you would find the same set of 5 needles, but that would take you an extra 10 to 15 minutes.
I started a "collect gift wrap rolls" campaign at work and managed to come across some very sturdy card roll, which I then had cut into 20cm pieces.
I then glued them all together.
Some of the DPNs are quite short so at a 20cm length, they still disappeared into the holes so I stuffed the back of each hole with some batting covered in cloth, glued on a backing (made of cardboard) and labeled the holes according to the sizes we most need and have on hand.
I think it looks kind of spiffy! And so clearly arranged!
What do you think?
The next task on my list was the Circular needles - another nightmare all hidden in a knotted mess in a plastic bag!
I took some of our card weaving bobbins and cut them into 5cm lengths which I then glued all together.
I labeled them according to the sizes we need and then went about fixing and straightening the cables.
To do this I boiled some water and poured it into a container.
Then I placed the strong-willed cable into the hot water for a couple of seconds.
The cables relax almost immediately. At this point I removed them from the hot water and straightened them so that they would hang flat.
The next thing on my to-do-list is our Straights.
Join me next week when I will share my solution for them with you.
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