Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, a word about the Lantern Moon folks because I was just SO bowled over by them.  Pictured below - from left to right - are Shannon, Sharon, Cathy and Kelsey (I think Joel ducked out and made this an all-gals shot, but he deserves a mention too.)  And these guys care so deeply about everything they do, whether it's running a company focused on maintaining opportunity and stability for villages and families they have come to love in faraway lands - or planning a thoughtful and welcoming weekend retreat.  Their commitment to craft and community and tradition really shines through.  Plus, they are just such nice people and so much fun to be around.


With the spirit of a crafting retreat in mind, they chose the Timberline Lodge as our destination.  Built in the 1930s, and featuring a thousand examples of handwork - including woodcraft, ironwork, mosaics, painting, masonry and fabric arts, this was an inspiring and beautiful spot to spend a few craft-focused days in.  We began our weekend with a history lecture, where we found that ALL the curtains, cushions, and pillows in the Lodge were worked by hand, and in the 1970s when they renovated the hotel, a group of women spent over 3 years recreating the sofa cushions and drapes in the main areas alone.  (No feet on couches!)


It's the same hotel used in the outdoor shots of Steven King's The Shining, so that roofline full of snow was kind of foreboding to drive up to (and the REDRUM jokes never did stop).  As you can see above, the snow was HIGH - taller than the bus in the parking lot high.  And, my room fell under the snowline on that roof, which was very cool and kind of creepy at the same time. 

There were 37 retreat participants, the Lantern Moon gals, and two teachers for the weekend - myself and Gudrun Johnston.   And what a lovely bunch of ladies.  I loved meeting every one of them.  And I may just be plotting with a few on another teaching and traveling trip --


There were many drinks, great meals, a ton of Instagram photos, a snowy hike on the mountain, a swim in an outdoor pool and hot tub surrounded by snow, probably too many Jack Nicholson/Shining jokes, and a beer pong game in which Sonia (above in my Blackberry Bramble cowl) and I may have been hustled into knitting mittens for our bartender.  (If we'd won, we'd have gotten free drinks.  However, that wasn't in the cards.)

I finally met Glenna in person, who I've "known" for years through Ravelry, and I had the pleasure of traveling from East to West with Gudrun, who was an awesome travel partner.  Gudrun and I taught both Saturday and Sunday mornings (those are my busy students below) - and we also gave a talk together about top down design on Sunday afternoon.  Again, so much fun.  This retreat thing=good.



Before we left for the mountain on Friday, Lantern Moon hosted us for lunch and some private shopping time in their Portland warehouse, where I picked up a few goodies.  I don't know about you, but I am a such a sucker for things that will organize me, and I LOVE these little silk needle cases.


You can see I bought a few, and I thought I'd have a contest so that maybe some of you who don't know Lantern Moon's products could see them.  These are perfect for darning or cable needles, which I always lose - and the silk is dyed in such pretty colors.  When closed, little magnets in the circle parts keep the cases closed.  Which is way better than the old-school film canister I used to have for mine.

(By the way, do you see the genius little notches on their cable needles??  I am in love with them.)


Tell me what you keep your needles in now if you'd like one of these for yourself!

I'll pick 2 winners out of the comments to get new needle cases (and yes, I am keeping the third one!)

I have a few more things to give away soon.  Keep your eyes peeled for Contest #2.


71 comments:

Andrea said...

I keep my cable needles in the little open-ended pouch they came in, and they're always falling out and sinking to the bottom of my notions bag. These beautiful cases would solve that problem for sure.

Dreamin Diva said...

I keep my dpn's in a coffee mug. Not very portable is it?

Chris said...

I keep my DPNs in a pencil holder next to my knitting area! I keep my U-shaped cable needles hooked over the edge of it.

janice said...

Random needles are kept in a coffee mug until I need them. Then they get carted around in my knitting pouch. I should get more organized, especially for my circulars. Those are out of control!

Mary C. said...

I really have made an attempt to be organized but even the best laid plans……
I keep my circulars in a ring binder of sorts with plastic sleeves but my dpns are just about everywhere!

ThatCleverClementine said...

Ummm, can we just say "third drawer down when they're not rolling around under couch cushions?"

Revlahart said...

Everything is in a little pencil bag that I got for free somewhere. I can never find the needles I want in there, and my oh my aren't those cases gorgeous! Would love to have one!

Kirsten Wolff said...

Ok, the cable needles (I only have the hook style) are rattling around in the bottom of an old shoe box along with other miscellaneous knitting items. In the same box, the darning needles for assembly are held together with an old ponytail band wrapped around them half a dozen times. The pony band is in sad shape but since I cut off all my hair I don't have another and you can't buy just one!

Ellen Miller said...

My cable needles are in an old metal cigar container that my aunt passed on to me. I love the family history but the needles are lost in there!

Anonymous said...

Needed a place to put my knitted items, so we had to get an additional dresser. On top there is a small drawer and that is where my needles are and they need organizing! Deeden

Caitlyn Myers said...

Darning and cable needles live in a little hedgehog print zipper pouch, which is fast becoming too full of notions to zip! The color combinations on those silk pouches are really enticing.

Anonymous said...

My DPNs and darning needles are in a tea cup by my knitting chair. When its time to hit the road, they go into a zip loo....sad state of affairs, isn't it!?!?
NewJerseyBarb 0n Ravelry

Lydia said...

i have a vera bradley zippered pencil case that i use.

chickadeeloveknits said...

I've got a plastic storage case with needles in it right now. Not super pretty like these bags! they would be perfect to stash in my large project bag that I've been making!

Savannagal said...

I have my DPNs in a roll up fabric case that doesn't work very well. The slots aren't proportioned well, so I can't fit sets of needles together, and some of the pockets aren't deep enough to hold even 7" needles. Often times they fall out because the flap that is supposed to hold them in does not connect on the sides, only along the top. So that leaves a huge area from which to escape. Frustrating.

Katrin said...

I store my needles in a box with all the other knitting stuff. But sometimes my son like to "look" what`s in there........ And then I have to search.....

pattymatt said...

I keep my circulars in the plastic bags they come in, my dpn's in a coffee mug, and my cable needles in my notions case. The cable needles always fall to the bottom of the notions case and then I have to dump it out to find the among all the other things shoved in there.

Jennifer said...

Totally unorganized, all thrown in a jar :(

RC said...

I have a couple of homemade remedies for my needles. Nothing as pretty as those Lantern Moon cases! :)

Mama-Llama said...

I have a nice case for my interchangeable needles, but my fixed circs hang from a hook above my desk. I keep promising to find them a better home, but then I decide just to put them to work instead. :)

Suzanne said...

My cable needles are in the little plastic baggie they come in and that is inside a cosmetic case which holds all my other knitting stuff - scissors, sewing needles, stitch markers.

Monica said...

I have the original fabric case for my ChiaGoo but a very messy platic binfor evry other needle.

chathamgrad said...

I usually have a darning needle in my wallet, but these days can't seem to find a single one - of what feels like the HUNDREDS I have bought over the years. Back to the store ...

Katherine said...

I tie the middle of my cable needles with a spare piece of yarn and hang it on a hook in my closet

BC said...

I have a great little case for my interchangeable circular needles, but by dpns and cable needles end up all over the place. Behind, under or between the cushions of the couch; don my bedside table; at the bottom of my knitting bag; mixed up with my daughter's tinker toys... In our cutlery drawer! You name it.

Lis said...

I keep a cable needle in my knitting bag, but all my other cable needles (collected from women on both sides of the family -- so there's quite a few!) are scattered in the bottom of the under-bed bin that stores my stash. So I end up poking myself every time I need some yarn...

knittynurse said...

Those little cases are utterly adorable!!

Linda said...

I keep my darning needles on the side of the sofa arm, my family has learned to be careful when sitting in my spot:)

Nancy N said...

So pretty! Looks like a wonderful retreat.

Thanks for the chance.

Nancy (n2n on Ravelry)

Dana (DanaRae19 on Ravelry) said...

I keep my darning needles in a little plastic case from the dollar store...it works but it's not very pretty! And these are beautiful, thanks for the chance to win. :)

Auntie Jackie said...

I keep my DPNs in a zippered pencil case and they are always falling out since the zipper doesn't zip up to the end. :( pairjam on ravelry

Rachelle said...

My cable needles are in their open ended pouch, or in one of my project bags. All my DPN's are in a biscuit cannister, collecting dust.

Meredith MC said...

I keep my needles in all sorts of disorganization- many are in wips or in the bag that last held their project or in my drawer by my knitting spot. I also have a cup full and a see though plastic zippered pouch for some of them. I have a lot of duplicates because I can never find the size I need- especially of dpns in non-sock sizes. I'm a big dpn fan, btw. Sounds like you had a blast!

StephRS said...

My cable needles start in my notions bag and always end up where I can't find them. My dpns are usually in their original package until that falls apart. I'm currently staying at the Stanley Hotel in CO which claims to be the place Steven King had the inspiration for The Shining and was the set for part of the series...very strange Shining vibe I have going right now....

Kathy said...

I keep my bits and bobs in an old altoids container! :) Thank you for the contest! I'm bigblueice on ravelry

Carol Thurston said...

I have mine in a sad little plastic bag. :(
The ends are usually poking through.
Carol

Missy said...

I have a plastic tote that my dpns live in... with random straight needles and other knitting type stuffs. .. I can never find what I need :(

Marilyn said...

I keep all my notions in a couple of cosmetic bags. These would look way better.

pixiewear said...

what gorgeous cases! i keep my cable needles in the bag they came in. most of my darning needles are in a mint tin, but a lucky few get stored in a little fairy castle. (=

p.s here's the link to the fairy castle pattern, in case any of you are interested. it's adorable - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fairy-castles-for-storing-hooks--needles

Lyn Y said...

I have cable needles in a zippered pouch and of course they migrate to the bottom.....a lovely bag to keep the m in would be wonderful. Happy knitting!
Ravelry ID: lyn41

Tiffanie said...

I'm kinda ridiculous this way, but all of my needles are still in their original packaging. I'm very careful when opening things and very careful to put them back, just like I bought them.

Andrea said...

A friend made my a handmade needle case in music inspired fabric.

francined said...

I love reading all of these comments! I tried those binder pockets, but I didn't like having to haul out my binder from beneath a pile of knitting books and search through them. Now, I use zip top bags, which only works temporarily. I end up having to fish through whatever knitting bag I'm using for them.

Dayana Knits said...

I mostly keep circular needles -- and I use a hanging shoe holder. A pocket for each size!

Jennifer said...

My poor cable needles are DPNs that I re-purpose as needed. Where do they stay? Who knows. I use what I can find at the time.
How's that for Un-Organized?! lol.

Thanks for sharing your lovelies.

Andy L said...

How exciting! I love Lantern Moon products, and have several of their needle holders. Always room for more, though! ;)

Ruth Colville said...

Beautiful. One of these cases would be an improvement over the plastic envelope my cable needles came in! I love the silk case for my stitch markers.

Maureen Harrahill said...

Tupperware (actually not even that quality)...so sad!

Anonymous said...

I have an old flower market container I use for the needles, and I can never find a pair in a hurry. I am glad you liked Timberline Lodge... Did they mention the beams are six sided? Built during the Depression to help put people back to work, the lodge was labor intensive, and is beautiful, but now is expensive for the Park Service to maintain.
Knitsonplanes on ravelry

Karen said...

I keep my needles in a plastic storage box and have to size them every single time I need them.

Angela Woods said...

I keep most of my needles in the pouches that they came in.

margie said...

I keep my needles in cups all around the house. It's like a scavenger hunt when I need to cable. Love the pics of the lodge..thanks for sharing!

EllenSellsNJ said...

I keep my needles in a soft sided, zippered fishing tackle box. Not very elegant and certainly not portable. I recently bought my first set of hand made needles and they deserve to be housed in an elegant pouch such as these :)

EllieA on Rav said...

My circs hang on the wall in a multi-pocketed, quilted, batik holder I made specifically for them. My dpn's and the few straight needles I have--hangs head in shame--are in a ziploc bag. The silk needle cases are gorgeous!

jvancott said...

If I'm looking for a cable needle, I can usually find one at the bottom of my main knitting bag. I don't know how/why it ends up there, but it does. Usually when I find it, I also find all sorts of other treasures that I thought were lost forever.

My circular needles are fairly organized in a long box - in order according to size. My dpn's are a hot mess. Some are (hopefully in sets) in whatever knitting bag I used when I finished my last project that needed them; others are in a glass jar.

Maybe I have a needle problem. Maybe I have a bag problem. I don't know. Clearly have a disorganized problem! But hey... my knitting's not too bad!

Dominique Martin said...

I'm keeping mine (I mostly have interchangeable sets) in a big transparent plastic pouch et a clear glass vase. Practical for the see-through, but then, so big I can't really carry anything anywhere, and it gets messy. Meh.
Could really use a little cutie pouch like those ones!

Hannah G said...

I keep most of my needles in a Follies and Nonsense case. It's very cute!

Ashley said...

All of my knitting needles are kept in a large green flower vase. Kind of pretty, but that means I have to dump ALL of them out when searching for my cable needle or a matching set of double pointeds. I could definitely use a different method!

Anonymous said...

At the bottom of my notions or knitting bag! Always digging around for them . . .

Tobasco39@aol.com

kjechard@windstream.net said...

My cable needles are in a pottery bowl beside my knitting chair (current project has lots of cables) and my darling needles might be in the bottom of my needle bag..:-))

ritamyriam said...

Lovely cases, mine are in a ziplock bag right now.

rachelb said...

I don't keep them in anything - some are on my desk, some are in my drawer, some are on my shelf where i try to keep my notions... not very organized here!

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Sally said...

Sock needles live in their original plastic sleeve. The other DPNs live in cardboard tubes which sounds organized until you realize that the tubes aren't labelled so I gave to go on a little treasure hunt each time I want to find a particular size.

Deb (debwp on Ravelry) said...

I keep my needles in a big, bulky needle wrap, but I would love something colorful and more portable like this!

DyAnna said...

Hi Thea,
Sad but true. My needles are wrapped with a giant rubberband. The remaining needles are then stuffed in a clear hard old makeup case. I spend every dime on good yarn and NOT so much on organizational type things. All though very much needed. Wish I could of went on the retreat, looks like it was really awesome!!

Karen F said...

I keep my knitting needles, sorted by size, in gallon freezer bags, in a three-ring binder. My miscellaneous cable needles, etc. are kept in a small plastic bag. Not too sophisticated!!! I think I need better organization!!!

linda said...

Mine are in a tin box with kittens dressed up in clothes....kind of weird now that I think of it and I could sure use a new one!

Susan M said...

My DPNs are in a zipper bag, circulars in a Namaste case and then have numerous other bags for straights!

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