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Needles

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Above is a sampling of some of the vintage knitting needles I've found over the last couple of years. I used to ignore anything but matching sets, but lately I've been buying interesting needles with no mates. Today I found a couple of interesting ones at the thrift store--one is a hand carved dpn that looks like it is made of some sort of bone (above, far right). I found a set of three similar needles a few months ago so now I have four (in different sizes though...no socks on these until I find a whole set). The other one is a steel needle marked "Czechoslovakia 2." It measures as a US 3 and is pretty heavy for its size. A comparison between it and an aluminum size 3 (I love my scale):

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The steel needle weighs 15 grams, while a size 3 aluminum needle weighs only 6. Makes you realize why they switched over.


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This weekend I'm working on Thunk's x-Christmas sweater. I should finish the sleeves tonight. The goal is to have the sweater finished within the week! Then it’ll be time to dedicate some serious time to Demi.

Comments

Lovely photos - thanks for sharing! I haunt thrift stores, too... I have a very cool big wooden crochet hook that I found at one. And an old circular needle with a cable like an Addi cable that isn't coated.

And I bet the price is right. I bought 3 needles today - 2 circs, 1 pair of straights, and it set me back $50. Ouch!

Thanks for sharing your needle collection. Your photos are really nice to look at! Are the thrift stores you go to private ones? I've been to the Goodwill and many types of thrift stores, but never see needles. Maybe they're hidden in there somewhere...

I used to not bother with collecting interesting needles. Can you imagine, my naive self once thought, "now why would I buy needles I'm not going to use?"...oh little did I know...

What Julia said. I, too, can never find these awesome thrift stores with knitting stuff. I have thrift stores with, like, old egg beaters and stuff.

Re: your comment on my blog - I've done the lunchtime classes, and it's always the men and women who don't attend who offer me the grand sums of $10.00 for a "oh, 8 feet should be enough and could you make it striped?" scarf and the like.

And could I have used the word "totally" more times in that entry? Kim: 1, Thesaurus: 0.

Elli,

Do you know any more about your "Berkalin" needles? I got several dp sets in about 1980 at a garage sale, and I can't find any history of this company.

Susan in Hong Kong

Elli,

Do you know any more about your "Berkalin" needles? I got several dp sets in about 1980 at a garage sale, and I can't find any history of this company.

Susan in Hong Kong