I don't know about you, but I love the Back to School season. There are so many great sales on things from home/room décor, clothes, and my favorite - office supplies.
Here are my top picks for what to look for in your Back to School aisle to add to your craft stash.
Every project bag needs a notion pouch. We have some great ones on preorder here, but if you're in a pinch or want to stock up, I'd recommend these clear front pencil pouches. They can fit a lot of notions, and the clear front helps you see what is inside and if you need a restock of any missing items.
Don't you just hate it when you are ready to cast off or change colors and you reach for a pair of snips and come up empty handed? There's nothing worse than being so close to finishing a task and having to put it down. I also am not a fan of ripping yarn apart, so I try to have scissors available. There are great prices on child-sized scissors, and some even come with covers to keep on the blades when not in use which makes them perfect for stashing in a project bag or pouch.
Pens, Pencils, Highlighters
I keep pens and pencils in every project bag and like to stock up on school sales. MY favorite are the Pilot Frixion line of erasable writing tools. I make a lot of mistakes and like the ability to erase things. It also means if I make a pattern over again or in a different size, all I need to do is erase the previous pen or highlighter marks. The Papermate Sharpwriters are my favorite pencil - they are a mechanical pencil that is pretty solid and lasts me a while!
Copy Paper & Printing Supplies
Essential for printing off patterns. Often times stores will run specials and sales on printers and ink for July and August. Below is the printer I use and the ink I buy for it. I prefer the Briggt White HP paper for optimal image clarity. The printer I've linked below I got on a school sale for $50 at one of our local Walmart. I chose it because the ink is reasonably priced, and the XL cartridges last me a good couple of months.
Journals & Notebooks
I've gotten in the habit this past year of keeping a physical track record of my projects and images of my finished objects. I have a bullet journal that I keep in my yarn stash to keep track of my stash as well. Ravelry has been a great tool, but there's something about being able to flip through a physical notebook that I love. Target is one of my favorite sources for journals and notebooks!
If you look at one of the patterns in my project bags, you'll likely find it plastered with a few sticky notes. I use the big ones to make notes about sizing or major alterations, and use page flags to keep track of where I am in a pattern when I set it down for the night.
What are your favorites?
That wraps up my round up of school supplies for knitters. What are your favorites? Are there any I missed? Let me know!
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