sure, some tools are easy to maintain--i own several sets of kollage usa square dpns sold in neat paperboard sleeves, which are easy to pop into a cylindrical object. bam, done.
crochet hooks are similar--arrange them in a container and tuck this into a fabric drawer. done deal.
but then you have the circular needles, bane of organized knitters!
i prefer fixed circular needles (they're sturdier, to my mind), which means i own several different pairs of varying lengths, all dangling and clinking and impossible to keep in any kind of order. the size of my needle collection is fairly modest (twelve sets as of last count), but even so the disorder wears on me.
research was conducted as to possible organization options: there was this holder, and this case, and this pouch, but none of them particularly grabbed me once i read customer reviews or saw the product in person. resources tapped out, i let the idea of needle wrangling go for a while and focused on other things (despite all evidence to the contrary--e.g., shamlessly not blogging for nearly a month--i have be knitting. rather a lot. to be revealed soon, swearsies).
then, as fate should have it, one evening found me parusing blogs and pintrest for interesting d.i.y. inspiration when i stumbled upon this peice of brilliance:
i even had a small panel left over from some wire shelving cubes, just awaiting a new purpose.
initially i contemplated using this idea for work to hang event photos and such, but then another idea struck me...
organization, at last!
the new system categorizes the needles based upon their length--16" needles are grouped in the lower left, 24" needles directly above, 32" needles in the lower right, and 40" needles directly above these (the sock blockers are there simply because they don't fit into my yarn shelf and i grew tired of having them propped against the side).
at present this suits my needs quite well and allows the needles to hang freely without being coiled or otherwise crammed in such a way as to kink the cables. should i obtain a large amount new needles i may be in for some trouble, but i am rather satisified.
everything just where i can find it.