For the longest time all of my crochet hooks have been bundled into a pencil case. Admittedly a very cute pencil case from Paperchase, with very pretty butterflies on it, but nonetheless, it was a pencil case and scrabbling through all of the hooks to find the one I wanted was getting a bit annoying.
Some time ago I had hatched a plan to make a roll to store them all in. As yet that remains unmade, but I will tell you more about that at the end of this post.
I have though - finally! - made myself a roll to keep all my hooks in. I bought a Great British Sewing Bee kit to make to store knitting needles in. It was wildly reduced in price, I think I paid about £2.50 and although I don't know the original price, I know it was a lot more than that.
I will start with the Ta Dah! because that is the best bit of this. One Crochet Hook Roll!!!!!
Here it is all filled and then all rolled up.
The kit included a printed piece of fabric with all of the parts of the roll apart from the interfacing and the tape for binding the edges, but these were also included.
After cutting out all of the pieces of fabric I started to make the piece up. There were instructions, but I didn't find them to be that easy to follow. Probably partly because I am rubbish at following rules but also because I feel that in a few areas the instructions were just missing.
One example of missing instructions related to the top flap piece - the yellow zig zag piece in the picture below. I figured out afterwards that the sides should probably have been sewn to the backing and then bound over, but there wasn't anything to tell you this. So instead I had hemmed the sides and my flap is just loose. Not a problem, but annoying to me.
It was also not the best project I have ever made because I was making it in a tiny cramped space. I simply moved my laptop off my desk, put the sewing machine down and started to sew in the middle of everything else on the desk.
That was my fault. My advice. Do not sew in a cramped space and move your stuff out of the way first!!!
It has turned out reasonably well though. I made it on a day when I was feeling very stressed and literally cried several times when I made this. It is done and in use and that is what is important!!
The pieces I like best of all are the tie which you can see in the picture above. I folded the strip in two and ironed it then folded in the edges to the middle and ironed it again and then sewed it up. It looks so good and that pleases me.
The other best bit is the tape around the edges to bind it all together. It doesn't look the greatest in this very close up photo, but in person it finishes it off better than I thought it would.
When it is full I fold the top down, fold the two sides in...
Then fold over again and tie the tie.
Everything is stored safely and securely and I can easily see all of my different hooks. Overall a job done, perhaps not as well as it could have been, but done and that is the important thing hey!
On to the Hook Roll I was going to make originally.
A couple of years ago we went to the American Museum in Bath to see the wonderful Kaffe Fassett exhibition - and the rest of the museum of course! You can see my posts about the visit here (Kaffe Fassett post), here and here.
I was very restrained with my purchases and only bought this fat quarter of one of his wonderful fabrics. My intention was to crochet an outside piece and then use this to line it and make the pockets for the hooks.
I have decided that as I have SO MANY (really, SO many!) 4mm hooks I am going to make this roll just for them!
I have pulled 14 colours of yarn from my supplies that match the different colours in the fabric and I will be working up some kind of an outer piece and will then make up the roll.
Of course I will show it to you in due course. Don't hold your breath though, I have a few other things to finish first...
So, here's to Crochet Hook Rolls! How do you store yours? I would love to know!