There is so much to cover in this post. The crafty gods have smiled upon me, and provided me with a perfect little project.
It began on Thursday. I had been working on knitting a pair of mitts for myself, using my usual two-circular-needles technique for small diameter circular knitting. It just wasn’t working for me, though. The dangling needles were unwieldy, the cords uncooperative, and the needles too short to hold comfortably. I began to despair of ever knitting again.
I didn’t own a set of dpns in the size I was using, so I began to search for some online. I have always favored bamboo for dpns, so I began to look at that. And, oh my. $8? $10? $12 for a set of bamboo toothpicks? That can’t be fair.
And then I stumbled upon eKnittingNeedles (which is not in any way sponsoring this post, btw, I just love them so much I’m blogging about them). They sell sets of knitting needles–6″ dpns, or 9″ dpns, or 9″ or 12″ or 14″ spns–for $25 a go. That’s thirty spns per set, or (be still my heart) 75 dpns. Bamboo. Great. Found a blog review that compared them favorably to Clover. Bought them!
They are lovely. Lovely, delicious, natural, warm, springy, grippy bamboo needles, with decently sharp little points. I finished the first mitt the night they arrived. I sit at my desk at work, helplessly dreaming about all the things I’m going to knit RIGHT AWAY now that I have all the needles I ever needed at my fingertips.
I bought the 6″ dpns and the 9″ spns. I adore knitting with short single-points. So dainty. So manageable. Anyway, I am a sucker for things in matched sets… especially warm natural earthy SouleMama-worthy sets of things. I’m also a sucker for organizing them. And so, obviously, I needed a needle roll.
And it needed to be pink. And made out of Joel Dewberry’s Aviary fabric, with the lovely Asian-inspired birds on the outside, and the lovely woodgrain print on the inside, to echo the needles. Sigh. What a dreamboat of a project. This pink roll is the prototype, and it represents so very many firsts for me.
But it’s just too much content for one blog post. So I’ll sign off for now, and gush about the needle roll… and my first free-motion quilting… and my first machine binding… tomorrow.
Right now, I’ve gotta go back to the office. And dream about knitting.