I found a great new storage solution for straight needles… it’s cheap, and cute, too!
A friend recently brought us a couple of bottles of wine in the circular cardboard gift-giving-wine-bottle-holders from Target. They’re (obviously) about as tall as a bottle of wine, made from very sturdy thick cardboard, and have a lid that fits on snugly and is attached with two cords. As I was getting ready to put them with the mess of gift bags destined for re-use (yes, I reuse gift bags unabashedly… don’t you?), I noticed that they were the perfect size to hold my ever-growing collection of knitting needles.
Sure enough, they’re perfect. I put all my long (14") straight needles in one of them and left the top open, then put all the 10" or less straights and assorted bundles of dpns (held together with rubber bands) into the other, closed the lid, popped them into my large basket of yarn, where they look semi-decorative. I am so happy not to have needles sticking out of and rolling around the bottom of my basket anymore. They’re much easier to find this way.
And if I need more (or you need some) of those containers, they run somewhere around $5.