A knitting needle is quite an elegant object in itself, before you even wind some yarn around it. I like having a big pile of needles to choose from, in the same way as having a big stash of yarn to drool over. As I come from a family of knitters, I have been lucky enough to inherit sets of knitting tools from my mother, aunt and grandmother. Each set is wrapped up in a home-made fabric holder, with the needles sorted roughly into sizes.
Most of the needles are the old-fashioned Aero steel needles, with some wood and some plastic in the larger sizes. There are two of these lovely little bell gauges:
I spent a happy evening checking the sizes of all the needles in the bell gauge and I found I had lots of duplicates. A bit of a clear out was required, and Larry was on hand to help.
When we’d finished, we had one roll of everyday, mid-sized needles:
One roll of oversized needles:
And one entire roll of double pins:
Jesus, my ancestors must have knitted a lot of socks!
I hope you have enjoyed this little tour around my toolbox.
Till next time,