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Tangle-Proof Yarn Case

Martha Stewart Living, January

For many of us, knitting is relaxing. But when the yarn inevitably becomes tangled, it can feel more like an exercise in frustration. Here's one way to keep things from getting knotty. Gather empty cookie tins left over from the holidays, or purchase new ones. Apply a coat of oil-based enamel paint in any hue to outside of tin and lid; let dry overnight. Using a grommet kit (available at hardware stores), attach a grommet to the lid's center. Place ball of yarn inside, and thread an end through the grommet before securing lid.

Comments (9)

  • Gretchen Blevins 17 Aug, 2012

    I used old coffee cans and drilled a [filtered word] in the lid. The plastic ones have a handle to make it easy to transport.

  • fairydustbunnies 2 Oct, 2011

    I use these plastic containers have are for putting flour or suger type things in then drilled a [filtered word] in the lid. I got them from the dollar tree. They came in three sizes... large, medium, and small.

  • linuxgrl 16 Dec, 2010

    We stopped using plastic food containers at our house, instead of tossing them I repurposed them as yarn cases. They are clear so you can see what's inside and the [filtered word] only needs to be made with a bit then gently filed to get it smooth so no need for eyelets or grommets. Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse!!

  • sweetp91 28 Jan, 2010

    What about a hat box.... they are pretty, decorative and easier to punch holes in then metal cans... less smelly than old paint cans...

  • KPang 28 Jan, 2010

    would an eyelet work too? i know the crop-a-dile can punch through just about anything... would it be able to do this?

  • karlakrafts 28 Jan, 2010

    A zip-loc bag works just as well and you can see what's in it.

  • gingerer 24 Apr, 2008

    For those small balls of yarn why not use a jar and complete the metal lid as suggested for the tins.... Smile.. then the cat can watch the yarn in the jar and not take off with it. . . .

  • lauraks555 16 Jan, 2008

    What a great way to reuse paint cans and all those cookie tins!

  • littlemartha94 11 Jan, 2008

    I hate it when that happens!