I've been shopping for me again! Patternworks was very wise to send me a catalog all the way to New Zealand.
I have tried many different containers to hold my current project and wools but without much success. Either they are too small, the opening is too narrow or I have to bend over from my chair to scrounge around to find the colour I'm needing at the time. I saw bin in the catalog and it works perfectly for me. It is large enough to hold everything nicely and best of all, it's at chair arm height so I don't have to bend over. Unfortunately, the one I received was assembled incorrectly at the factory so I couldn't finish assembling it. But, Patternworks has a unconditional, hassle-free guarantee policy and they are sending me a replacement.
There are lots of needle gauges available but frequently they are generic and not always reliable. I found this Addi needle gauge which is made just for their needles. Out with the generic and in with the brand name! I do like it and the hole sizes are spot on.
As if this hobby weren't expensive enough with just the cost of the knitting wools and now I have to have toys, too!