Sorting, Satisfaction and Granny’s Green Glass

21 Aug

1   Inspired by Veronica, I sorted all my knitting needles in Granny’s knitting needle keeper but, after after about 80 years of use, it is coming to the end of its useful life.

Granny’s knitting needle holder with her and my needles

2   Again, inspired by Veronica’s lovely blog, I decided to make a new needle holder and spent a very happy afternoon printing off photos of things I have knitted, sticking them to a crisps tube and now have the satisfaction of this beautiful new container.

New knitting needle keeper view1

New knitting needle keeper view2

New knitting needle keeper view 3

3   My maternal Granny collected green glass as well as knitting needles! One of our dahlias has been blown over by the wind so I popped it into this beautiful piece of glass.



Posted by on August 21, 2012 in craft, family, knitting, Uncategorized


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27 responses to “Sorting, Satisfaction and Granny’s Green Glass

  1. schmoozelfleugen

    August 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Dahlias, green glass, and needlework tools in beautiful containers…Kindred Spirit! I love what you did with the needle holder. It’s so much fun! Grannie’s needle case belongs in a shadow box frame, displayed for all your world to see. I have many of my grandmother’s and mother’s crochet hooks put away, am considering doing that with the hooks. Hmmmm…I could add a few of mine, too…three generations of “yarnies.” You see? Your blog has inspired me already!
    Thank you for posting the picture of that lovely little lily pad Dahlia. So sweet!

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Kindred spirit indeed. I knew it when I read your strap-line!

      Lovely idea about the shadow frame – so many projects, so little time! 🙂

      Isn’t it special to know that the hands of your ancestors also used these things? I love that! I have beautiful tools in my kitchen that are precious in the same way.

      So glad to meet you! 🙂

      • schmoozelfleugen

        August 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

        I have so little left from my ancestors, most of Grandmother’s things got left behind in Germany. It’s very special to still have her crochet hooks, and I still have some very old tatting thread that she used to crochet flowers with. I have the extremely tiny hook she used. My Grandmother refered to our #10 bedspread cotton as, “rope.”

        • mybeautfulthings

          August 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm

          That’s so cool as I, too, have my Granny’s tatting thread and her very fine hooks – which I don’t anticipate using but will keep for ever! 🙂

          • schmoozelfleugen

            August 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

            Oh, I’ll never use that tatting thread. I keep it with the tiny hook. Those pieces would make it into the box frame.

          • mybeautfulthings

            August 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm


  2. Androgoth

    August 25, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Such a wide ranging collection
    of knitting needles MBT, I do hope
    that you are using all of them 🙂
    Nooooooooooooo not all at once 😉

    Androgoth Xx

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      I do use many but not the very fine ones as I am too impatient and want my knitting to grow quickly! 🙂

  3. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    August 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Terrific idea! I will have to share that one my knitting buddies. Is that what we call here in the States “depression glass”? I like how you displayed the flower with it, it made a great photo.
    Blessings – Patty

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Glad to share the crisp tube idea which I picked up from a comment on Veronica’s blog. Good ideas go around and around and get improved and modified 🙂

      I’ll post another photo of the green glass. I don’t know the term ‘depression glass’. I’ll look it up! 🙂

      • thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

        August 22, 2012 at 11:28 pm

        A friend of mine collected the Depression glassware and she said some times it was called green glass. Since then I have learned it came in clear and a rose color too I believe. I am not familiar with it other than seeing it when we go antique shopping. Most I have seen have been green.

  4. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    August 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    love your needle keeper and the pics on it

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you! I’m really pleased with it. 🙂

  5. flowerpot

    August 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

    The dahlia looks lovely sally! Will bring book for your SIL tomorrow but I have to leave early to go do docs.xx

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you! See you Thursday. Hope your visit will be okay 🙂

  6. Shelagh

    August 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I use Quaker Oats containers for my (unused) straight needles and my dpns, but I love your idea of decorating them. I do have an ancient vase for the unique wooden needle collection. I made fabric holders like your Grandmother’s, also for the crochet hook collection. Now I use circular needles, which really need to be hung rather than coiled. Just had a brainwave (thank you) – use my 2012 Shetland/Bath/Cornwall tour pix!! A winter project……

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Sounds like a lovely project! I’m thinking a small holder like Granny’s and yours would be good for my crochet hooks – a project for me!

      My circular needles are a problem as you would have seen from the photo! 🙂

  7. Choc Chip Uru

    August 22, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Your needle holder is a absolutely gorgeous 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      I am very pleased with it! Thanks! 🙂

  8. valeriedavies

    August 22, 2012 at 2:53 am

    What a gorgeous post, loved ones, loved objects, creating something beautiful, preserving something old and precious, and finding the perfect flower to go in the perfect vase for the perfect picture – what a joy your post is….

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you for this lovely comment, what a lovely summing up of my post. Thank you! 🙂

  9. agujasblog

    August 22, 2012 at 1:16 am

    What a great idea – decorating the needle holder with pics of your knitted items. The green glass bowl is beautiful.

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you. It was one of your commenters who suggested the crisp tube! 🙂

  10. mixedupmeme

    August 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Some day I am going to take three pictures of the inside of my house and call it:
    myjunkythings. SO THERE! 🙂

  11. pillowsalamode

    August 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I love them both!!! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you. The fabric one is holding the needles within the tube as I can’t bear to part with it! 🙂


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