Giving new life to an old planner

Needlebinderinside_1I did a little more rummaging around at the thrift store and found a decent looking binder for my needles. It’s amazing what one can find in that store. I’m recycling this old Franklin Covey planner cover into a binder for my needles. A little scrub down with leather cleaner and it looks almost new. The detachable shoulder strap is a bonus.

For any of you out there that are also looking at various binder alternatives, I noticed that these binder pages from Knit Picks can fit into  8.5″ X 5.5″ binder. Just stagger them until the holes line up into the rings. I also tried this with a normal sized 3 ring binder and voila, the pages can also be made to fit one of those.

I did make steady progress on Firebirds this week. Here’s a photo of the back. Notice how that birds on the left face left and the ones on the right face right? I love this detail of the design. For now I’ve stuck with the pattern hoping all will work out well when I dress the sweater on a woolly board. On the next row the steeks for the armholes will be started.

Ss_socks_yarnEven though it’s hard to put Firbirds down, yesterday I started winding yarn for another sock project. Although I generally knit one item at a time, I’m itching to take on another more portable one.

Working with two hand painted yarn colors on my last sock project was so enjoyable that I want to explore similar possibilities. So my next little project will be the Sunrise-Sunset Socks from Big Girl Knits.

7 thoughts on “Giving new life to an old planner

  1. So glad you showed another picture of Firebirds. It is stunning! But I can understand that you would need a portable project, too. Look forward to seeing the new socks.

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  2. Wow . . . I’m sure glad I never threw out my FC planner. I tried but just couldn’t get into it, especially since I was just a lowly employee with not enough “management” stuff to justify recording every single detail. Thanks for the idea.

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  3. Just in case anyone is wondering, the planner I found is what they calle “compact” size. I was looking at their website and noticed they have many styles so not all might be big enough for Knit Pick’s plastic needle pages.

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  4. Did it turn out that the special bolts from the hardware store didn’t work to convert the rings you already had to a new cover? I got SO excited reading that post, but now I see you’re using a FC planner. (I have an old one too – thanks for the idea!)
    LOVELY sweater! A work of art!

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  5. Hi Wendee,
    The bolts will work but since I found that FC binder I haven’t yet persued making my own.
    Now that I’ve had the binder for a couple of months and it’s totally filled, it looks like I might need to make one after all. When I try to zip up the binder, the pages seem to get a little crinkled because they’re just a bit too big.
    I picked up another FC planner at Goodwill and when I get time I’m going to take it apart and use the rings from that one. I like the wider rings.

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