tips for packing knits + tools

This is the sister post to my packing and knitting reflection from last week. While these aren’t the most complex tips, I thought I’d share my experiences. Same as last week, would love to hear your additions to this list.

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It is okay to vacuum seal yarn. When my mom first suggested this, my heart sunk; I could not bear the thought of squeezing the life out of my cherished yarn. After two moves, however, I have come to the conclusion that it is not only harmless, but may even be the best option for moving a stash. Even caked yarn retains its properties through storage. While I cannot speak on the long-term effects of storing this way, I have read that some store their stash in this way to protect from dust, moths, etc.

Organize your needles and notions. Although completely obvious, this is something I neglected to do during move #1. If you’re like me, needles and notions tend to get scattered over time. It is worth it to make a conscious effort to gather and pack them together and avoid the stress of wondering if something is ‘in the next box’ or totally got left behind.

Utilize unconventional storage for needles. Speaking of needles, I think we can all agree it’s best not to toss them in a box or even squeeze them between yarn skeins. I bundled my double-points using scrap yarn and stored them with most my other needles in a packing tube similar to this one. I loved how accessible the needles were – I could pull them in and out with no problem.

Keep your most fragile needles close. I had one casualty: an extra-long circular US 1 needle broke over the course of moving. Luckily, I had an identical pair, but I can’t imagine if it had been a more expensive or precious set. If you are flying, it is worth making room in your carry-on for these (I have yet to have any knitting needles confiscated by TSA).