Carry your knitting needles in gorgeous, cozy style!
I have, oh, probably ten cases for knitting needles cases. Some have needles in them, some are in storage, awaiting use. Having an embarrassing number of circular needles, these cases are invaluable for keeping the chaos to a minimum.
I have to admit, though, that I’m terrible about putting my knitting needles back in their case. I have a huge, round wicker basket by my knitting spot, and I cavalierly toss needles in there as I’m swatching or when a project is finished. Then I wonder why I have no size 6s! I’ll bet there are three sets in that basket, along with God knows what else. Probably a thousand markers.
But there’s a new girl in town, and she’s a beauty. We’ve partnered with Pendleton Woolen Mills to bring you an absolute stunner: the Pendleton Circular Knitting Needle Case. It comes in two gorgeous colorways, Mountain Majesty and Coyote Butte Black. I’ve got a Coyote Butte Black version headed my way!
These are so cool! I know I’ll want to get my hands on it as much as possible, so that should get me to put those needles back as soon as I’m done with them.
If you’re not familiar with Pendleton, it’s a sixth-generation family-owned company based in Pendleton, Oregon, which is just three hours from Spokane, by the way. The company began producing woolen goods in 1863, and became well-known for weaving Native American trade blankets.
Pendleton has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. We had a blanket on the back of the couch, which we got when we toured the factory on a family trip (they still give tours; you should go!), and my dad loved the classic Pendleton shirts. We had to carefully wash those shirts; if we didn’t get them out of the dryer right away, we had to iron them, so we high-tailed it to the dryer, let me tell you! And I have a gorgeous cream Pendleton wool blanket that I pull out every winter and use as a bedspread. It’s made to last a lifetime; so far so good.
Our needle cases are built around an easy-to-use binder-style interior. Here’s what it looks like, pictured next to the Mountain Majesty version.
There are 20 storage bags and two zipper pockets, one on the front flap and one on the back. You can keep all of your knitting needles, plus notions and whatever else, in the zipper pockets. This is a great all-in-one needle case.
Working with knitting needles that circle back on themselves is so irritating, and since the needles have to be stored in a coil in the Pendleton case, knowing how to straighten them out is a great thing. All of my circular needle cases store needles this way, so I use the hot-water method all the time. I’ve heated up water in the microwave in a large mug or bowl and dipped the cable in, and I’ve also used a shallow skillet on the stovetop.
Interweave Knits editor Meghan Babin was so inspired by the beautiful Pendleton designs that she whipped up a gorgeous pair of mittens. You get the pattern free with your purchase of a needle case!
P.S. How do you store your circular needles? Leave a comment below and let me know.