An unfortunate side effect of finding moths in your needle basket is the absolute requirement that said basket be thrown away, or at least immediately repurposed.

This leads to questions about how best to organize the needle collection, which has been a carefully avoided problem for well over a year now.

I have been storing all of my needles in their original packages; small ziploc bags for circs, tiny cardboard and plastic sheaths for dpns. The ziploc bags work reasonably well as long as I keep them in size order, but the cardboard sheaths are a disaster. They split and spill the needles all the time, and most have lost the tabs that say what size the needles are, so there is no good way of identifying what’s what.

Having to rehome the needle collection made this into a slightly higher priority issue, so I pulled out the sewing machine and did what I’ve been meaning to do for a long time.

A few scraps of fabric and an hour or two later, I had a needle case with pockets for all of my dpns.

And I even got to play around with some of the fancy stitch functions on my machine.

Sometimes all it takes is a little kick to get things going.

Now if I could only muster the energy to deal with the circs…