May 8th, 2012

Tuesday’s Knitting & Crochet Tip – Managing Two Colors

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Some of the simplest tips can be the most useful. This week’s tip comes for Tina, our Education Manager.

If you are working with two balls of yarn and need to keep the strands separate, but also need to keep the yarn in the same bag, use a zip-top bag. Zip the bag closed for a few inches, feed the first yarn out of the bag, zip a few more inches, then pull the second strand out of the bag.  The zipped spaces will keep the two strands separate outside of the bag!

How else have you used zip-top bags to organize your knitting and crochet life? Share your ideas with everyone in the comments.

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13 Responses to “Tuesday’s Knitting & Crochet Tip – Managing Two Colors”

  1. Denise Twum Says:

    I use them as project bags, especially when I need to go out to run errands and don’t want to be caught in a queue or in a doctor’s waiting room without a project. 

  2. CellSockLady Says:

    I keep all of the tiny balls of yarn left over at the end of a project in a gallon-size bag that way they don’t get lost at the bottom of my baskets.

  3. 150jhb Says:

    I use the heavy-duty zip top “school supply” bags to organize my circular needles….and they all have 3 hole punches so fit in a thick binder.

  4. Susan Says:

    I actually clip off a corner and pull the yarn out….that uses two sandwich bags, not one, but the zipper (on the other end) stays shut!

  5. BJKnitter Says:

    I like zip-top bags for controlling fuzzy specialty yarns so I don’t end up wearing the fuzz when I take a project with me. With cotton yarns and black pants this is a plus.

  6. Dena Says:

    That’s a good reason for using zip lock bags.

  7. Dena Says:

    Never be caught without your knitting or crochet project.

  8. Dana Garson Says:

    Thanks for sharing with us.  Great idea and works well.  Thank you!

  9. Latwood Says:

    It works really well if you cut two little x’s on the flat side or at the bottom and then zip the bag completely closed!

  10. Anne Says:

    When I am working on different projects simultaeously,  I pack them in bags…for the road…the needles, item, small scissors, tape, etc. Grab and go for sitting in the car, visiting, etc…DOesns’t work for huge items, but works well for scarves, hats, mittens, socks, kid things…

  11. Gayle Says:

    I cut the corners off and thread one strand of yarn through each. I found the top didn’t stay closed as well the other way

  12. Pat Reynolds Says:

    I use zip locks for my srap balls,the hook tape scissors and project notes even patterns on index cards for my project. Nice and neat and I know what is what.

  13. Pat Reynolds Says:

    P.S. your idea was cool,tho like the idea of sniping the corner to separate sometimes the zip comes open like if it drops and you grab at it

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