Sunday, January 14, 2007

Got Needles?

One of my co-workers is pregnant and wanted me to show her how to knit. She's almost done with her scarf and on Monday I will show her how to bind-off. "Can you show me how to make a baby hat?" she asked. Well... she is pregnant and you don't say no to pregnant women in my experience so I told her to get some yarn she likes that takes needles from US- 4 to US 8 (I have one of those patterns than can use lots of different size yarns). "Should I buy needles?" Now this is only the second thing she will have ever knit and I really don't see making her buy needles to do circular knitting just to make a hat. I told her I would bring her needles to use. Going home, I went through my needle stash and realized, I have a heck of a lot of needles! How about all of you? What are your current favorites or does it "depend" on what you're doing? My current favorites are my Knit Picks interchangeable needles, but they only go down to US 4 so it doesn't help me with my finer knitting. Still, the points are so nice that I'm tempted to buy Knit Picks other circulars in the smaller sizes to see if they would work well with my lace knitting. I feel a little guilty because, as you can see, it's not like I lack for needles. I have circulars down to US 000 in the Addi Turbos, I have quite a few birch and bamboo needles and the odd ebony and rosewood. I have Inox and Susan Bates and Crystal Palace and on and on and on. While we were talking, another co-worker also asked if I would teach her to knit. "I inherited all of my Grandmothers needles and there are just tons of them!" I bet I'm not the only one who has a needle stash. I'm 1/3 of the way through my last side of the Mountain Pines. You will not see it again until I go to block it!.
Good Evening To All!


anne said...

what i love are those "books" you have to store your needles in—i have lots of circs that came without decent packages and would love to know where to find that sort of binder. thanks!

Jane said...

Dear anne,

The blue "book" is a circular neeedle holder case that you can find at "Patternworks" under the section marked "notions". The black "book" is the one carried at "Knit Picks" and I bought it to house their interchangeable needle set that I own. The blue one uses bags similar to heavy-duty ziplock bags but with metal gromits for the rings to go through. The one from Knitpicks is more like a binder with rings and the plastic pages are more like heavy duty opaque plastic with slide closures similar to school pencil cases. Very sturdy and helps to organize those needles!

fleegle said...

Wow! I have needle envy! Of course,
I am generally envious of your lace!

I tried the little safety pin things and found they were a pain to open and close. The triangular ones worked better, but the do fall off sometimes. I am switching some of the fally-off ones to the green and white split rings. They seem to hold better.

Jane said...

Dear fleegle,

Once either the Peacock or Mountain Pines is done, I will be starting Dragone. I'm lucky so many people who have already knit Dragone have shared their solutions to the pit-falls of this pattern. I'm hoping it works out because that shawl is for my neice. I'm thinking of doing it in black only because she's a "Goth Lite" kind of a girl :-)