Saturday, May 19, 2007

It's the Little Things

Thank you to everyone for your suggestions of knitting books to add to my library! I'm going to look further at those this weekend and make my choices. I can't wait to get my hands on some new reading material!

I have no new knitting to share with you today, but I do have photos of a couple of new acquisitions that I am rather ridiculously excited about. Little things make me happy!

For quite a while now I've been keeping my eyes open for some type of basket or other container to use to hold my knitting in progress. It's rather embarrassing to admit, but I've had my small projects strewn about on end tables in my living room and - worse yet - the ripple afghan in progress sitting on the floor next to my favorite knitting chair. It's quite an eyesore, with the five skeins in different colors lined up with the knitted piece draped over it and the pattern book sitting somewhere nearby on the floor. It makes it quite difficult to effectively nag my husband about his clutter when I have my own mounting in the area around my chair!

I've seen a few baskets that I liked, but quality baskets can be hideously expensive and I just couldn't bring myself to spend $150 or more just for a container to set my knitting in, and yet the more reasonably priced baskets and such just didn't appeal to me.

And then . . . I stopped in at Michael's craft supply store a few days ago on a whim. I don't know why, but I just decided to pop in when passing by. The baskets there were on sale, but they were all flimsy and cheap and a bit ugly, but then I spotted this nearby:

Oooooh. Perfect! Nothing fancy, but neat and clean and also a good shape to house a project without losing needles and small skeins at the bottom. The price tag was only $25, which made me happy. I thought perhaps I'd get two, but even $50 seems too much to spend on such things. But then, lo and behold, I spotted the sale sign I had missed. 50% off! And so I got two for just $25 total. Boomph!

Here's the second one, posed in front of the first so you can see the size difference.

The larger one will house a large work in progress and the smaller one will house multiple small projects and odds and ends. You can see in the top of the photo below that the five skeins, work in progress and pattern book for the afghan all fit neatly into the container. Oh happy day!

Yes, I know, I am ridiculously excited over this small acquisition.

Before I leave you for today, I want to make a plea to all of you to please send me FF project photos for Monday posting. I have ZERO for posting this Monday, so this could be the first Monday without a customer project photo in many, many months!

Great weekend to all!


Sulafaye said...

I'm the same way: the only thing better than new yarn is new yarn organization!

Looks great!

anne said...

those are great containers. sigh. we used t have michael's but it went out of business . . .

schrodinger said...

I get your excitement. 50% off is not to be sniffed at! Great acquisitions.

Ronna said...

I have many knitting books and if I had to give them all away... the one I could NOT part with would be Stahman's Shawls & Scarves. Try it. Best Lace/Scarf/Shawl book ever!

~Tonia~ said...

Great containers, and at 50% off. I am always happy when I get a deal like that.

DragonsChest said...

Great containers! I found lovely, inexpensive woven baskets at Garden Ridge. If you have one in your area, check them out.

WAHHHHH! I have finally finished the mini-cable socks in your Smoke colorway, and had my hubby take picies of them, and then the big galoot didn't download them off his camera! Grr. Grrrr. I'll whop him soundly around the head and shoulders with my current knitting project, and get those images to you forthwith! :)