Finding this got me all excited. I wondered about other solutions people had come up with, so I did a little search and came up with a bunch of resources for DPN project holders. Here are a few:
- Back in 2006, our favorite Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, blogged about this "coolest metal needle thingie." They're made by Woolworks Ltd -- which calls them "Tin Double Pointed Needle Holders," and you can buy them online in various sizes for less than $20 here.
- For less than half that price, check out Stitchkeepers by Rollie (link goes to YarnMarket.com), which are less than $7.
But if the $7 price tag doesn't do it for you, and you want other DIY options, here are a couple more:
- Sherry W in Philadelphia, who blogs as A Waste of Valuable Server Space, offers instructions for making your own based on the Rollie Stitchkeepers design.
- Sweet Little Domestic Life (by Robyn of Lexington KY), came up with a cute version that uses pencil toppers. See pictures and instructions here.
Why didn't I bother to solve this problem sooner? It just hadn't been quite enough of a problem for me yet to be so compelled. And since I started using Magic Loop technique, my DPN use has slowed down considerably.
Which version will I go with? I have to say that even after all the research, I'm drawn to Mad Quilter's solution, the one that started my little research project. I like that it uses materials I already have around the house. More and more, I find I'm taking the re-use, recycle, use-what-you-have route rather than going out and buying new stuff.
Now... back to the dissertation...