Most knitters have tried many different brands of interchangeable needles and all of the available cable lengths to find the ones that are "just right." And while we are adding more and more to our tool collections the cables are secretly breeding when we are not looking. The result is a tangled mess! Here are some ways you can double the storage space in any size Grace's Cases needlecase:
The first and easiest method is to store two different size cables in the same cable pocket just by combining lengths that you won't be able to confuse (like 40" cables and 24" cables) and then listing both sizes on the included label. And if you need new labels, you can make replacements out of any heavy weight paper cut to 1/4" by 1".
Another option is to make plastic sleeves to hold each size or brand of cables. With these you can store multiple brands and sizes in each pocket - doubling or tripling your storage space!
I like the CD and DVD Keepers from Memorex because they have the little tab lock to keep the sleeve closed.
Washi or similar tape,
permanent marking pen,
a ruler or measuring tape.
In the front pocket of this Deluxe case, the sleeve is too tall to allow the pocket to snap closed. But since the sleeve fits snug from side to side, I don't really need to do anything further. But if I want to snap the pocket closed, I will need to shorten the sleeve 1".
If you would like to make these sleeves for the smaller size cases, you will also need to trim and seal one of the sides of the cable sleeve. Begin by measuring the width of the cable pocket and subtract 1/8". Open the sleeve flap and mark a line at the desired width. In the picture below the width is 4 3/4", so the sleeve should be cut to 4 5/8" wide.
Test fit the new width. When it is as wide as you want it, check the depth as described above and trim so that the sleeve is located below the snap if desired. Then, seal the side and bottom cut edges. Add size labels and you are done!