When I made my much needed new knitting needle roll (original post here)
I did say I didn’t think it would be the only one I made. I didn’t have to be psychic to know that my daughter would be a very willing recipient of her own ‘nice needle’ roll but when my sister also put in a
subtle request I thought it was time I got sewing. Well that was back at the beginning of February and my daughter has been waiting a while so I thought I’d crack on before the weather (hopefully) warms up.
I went into Aberdashery with a particular range of fabrics in mind but, not unusually, something else caught my eye. These fabrics
from Hantex Art Gallery ‘Indian Summer’ range by Sarah Watson are beautiful and such great quality. I took a look at the whole range on the Hantex website (take a peek) and fabric love kicked in and sent my brain into overdrive thinking of all the possibilities.
Back to ‘Nice Needles’ I added a couple of pieces from my stash, including a favourite Kaffe Fassett that echoes my sisters birthday quilt, and got stuck in. I hadn’t written any notes when I made the original so the process was down to measuring up, making it up and tweaking it up, but this time I did make notes and have a tutorial here.
I thought my original was a bit too bulky so this time I chose cotton domette (recommended by Jane at Aberdashery) as a wadding and it is just the right weight. I’d choose it again for cushions, bags etc.
I quilted using the eggy loopy and the heart border stitches from my Pfaff machine quilting stitch menu for ease and speed and then free stitched ‘love knitting’ along the outer flap edge.
I used almost the same pocket layout as for the first ‘Nice Needles’ with three levels of pockets. The top layer has equal sized pockets for pairs of needles; the second has one wider pocket in the centre and the third and shortest row has mainly wider pockets to fit a variety of tools. The only difference is two slightly wider pockets in the top level to accommodate the really fat sized needles.
I debated lots of options for fastenings but my abiding love of buttons and my new-found love of making buttonholes won out.
When we moved house I found a collection of earrings from Bethan’s teenage years so I decided to incorporate some in decorating her needle roll. I can only hope she had no plans to return to wearing them!
buttons and more
I stitched a length of the tape measure ribbon along the inside.
It’s in 10 centimetre repeats so that it can be a useful tape measure.
I remembered to add my label this time too.