Just before the holidays I found some partially finished projects. Projects left on needles for months... ok, a year or two. One was a ruffled mohair scarf that I finished as a gift. Another was a green scarf I started and didn't finish. I decided to start over with that yarn and came up with a new pattern. Scarves are one of my favorite knitting projects since you can really use any pattern... in fact this one actually came out of a book I have that is just that... patterns of stitches. This one is a variation of a basketweave stitch.
And these needles? My all time favorite ones hands down. Size 10 (us sizing) and vintage (would they be anything else?) Bakelite or celluloid needles. They have such a smooth feel when I knit and I like the rather odd taper on the pointed ends. My husband's aunt found them years ago at a thrift store or yard sale.
If you're not a knitter... have I inspired you at all to learn?
A few years ago my mother in law gave me a set of these needles. They are interchangeable needles and are fabulous too... especially if you like using circular needles. Me, well I go back and forth... when I'm using regular straight needles I think they're my favorite, then when I use circular needles I'm sold on them. Fickle perhaps? Once other benefit of the interchangeable needles is the cords are different lengths, especially helpful with a large blanket or a long scarf knit lengthwise!
And of course... I also COLLECT knitting needles! Are you surprised? I'm always on the look out for old celluloid needles at thrift stores and estate sales. Some of these can go for a hefty price. I even love the fun pastel colors!
But my project I've been waiting so patiently to start? This cute little pattern I bought online finally came...
Baby sized, 6 months to be exact. Planned to be made for a certain little Baby J to wear during Husky (University of Washington) football season next fall! I had to wait to get the purple yarn last weekend in Seattle... a super soft wool from Norway.