While the fleeces were doing their soaking thing, I kept myself busy working on a project I have been putting together in my head for some time.
On New Year’s Eve 2008, I made a needle holder for my straight needles, and recently ‘finished’ it with some seam binding. I have come to realize how handy this is, and how much I just plain like it. I am often flummoxed in finding the size of circular needle I want, and have been thinking maybe I need to make something similar for my circs.
My circular needle collection is a bit motley. When I cranked back up the knitting, after giving away previous collection of needles (I know!), I bought a couple sets of bamboo needles off Ebay. They are…adequate.
My sock journey using the Loop of Magickness required different circs, however, and I bought some skinny and long corded Knitpicks. Oh. Now those were sweet, when compared to the bamboo! But KP doesn’t make their nickel plated needles past a size 3. They think beyond that, that’s what their interchangeables are for.
Not me. I struggled on with the cheap bamboo, and their uneven joins and thick cords.
Then I figured out while I may not want a set of interchangeables, all I really need is one of each size circ with a long cord. With Magic Loop, I can knit anything of any diameter! So freeing the Loops of Magickness are!Slowly but surely, I have been buying Addis, here, there, on sale, with a discount, on the equipment destash forums on Ravelry. I have almost one pair of Addis (or Knitpicks) of each size.
Well, those fancy-pants Addis sure as heck need a home, now, don’t you know
So…while the fleeces soaked….
I cut and trimmed and patched and sewed and matched and hemmed and bound and stamped.
Then I crocheted. I used plies of yarn from waaaa-ay back when my first spinning lessons. I took two, unrelated plies and single chained them together for a tie. Chic, eh? Well…certainly functional. And memorable...ever reminding me of how far I have come on the spinning scale...as it were...
It’s not perfect, but better than what was, which was Ziplocs, other plastic containing things, and shopping bags. And I like it. We will see how well it works.
Now the dpns and hooks are jonesin’ for their own place, but I don’t know. I am out of scrap quilt, and I really don’t use those implements at all.