We were observing in the shop today how swiftly the knitting needle stock is depleted.
Which made me remark, "I wonder why? It isn't like they are disposable, one project only." Then I contemplated my own recent purchases of needles. I have been knitting for many years, so I would think I had all sizes and lengths. My straight needles are in one location and organized and I rarely purchase more. I have multiple 4mm and 4.5mm, as DK is my favoured yarn weight.
However, I have been buying a number of circular needles lately, especially 5mm. The only thing I can think of is that I don't have as firm visual grasp of how many needles I have of a given size, plus they come in such a variety of lengths.
So, today, I pulled out (almost) all of my circulars. (not including the multitude I have inherited and that I dip into when I am desperate, and am publishing here. This list will be easily accessible! YEAH!
Notice a little problem - the number of DUPLICATES! I had no idea!
-- Frozen Leaves (mine is named Summer Leaves owing to the colour): moving well, but slowly now, as the triangles grow. This pattern is by Anusla in Ravelry.
-- Simple Lacy Shawl: because I was tired of figuring out how to work the yarn in my own pattern and it just wasn't cooperating, so, I am teaching it a lesson by making it be something else (it is forest green Manos Silk Blend - no idea why the camera makes it look turquoise). This is a wider version of the Wave-Pattern Shawl by Cecily Glowik in Vogue Knitting on the Go Shawls Two
-- Beaded purse: dug that out from over 4 years ago. Time to work through that (and recall exactly what I was doing). I picked it up part way through the week and promptly dropped a stitch. Yeah! Dropping a stitch in the middle of beaded knitting! I ripped it back ans started over. I am almost as far as this photo shows, but really made me ponder if lifelines are possible in such fine knitting. Oh well, it isn't a giant project. (I have to look up the designer here)
-- Pomegranate Shawl: the design I am working on, I made one last year with offwhite handspun. but now is the time to formalize it (photo of my sample shawl). Am also working on an idea for a cowl that morphs into a shawl of the same design. Charted it out last night, now just have to experiment on the needles in the coming weeks.
-- Noro Shawl: another design I am working on, thinking of deep lace triangles/diamonds or another design I am working on (no photo yet). Will move this along once I finish a few of the projects above.
- Finishing: Bird houses Bell Pull - need to block, finish the edges and hang (Xs and Ohs)
- Finishing: Tea Sampler - need to block, finish and get a teabox made to frame it (Lisa Cowell)
- Next Christmas: I didn't get the stitching finished that I had planned for, so a 1 over 1 piece will be a priority (for a gift). You can see the top of the design started here. it is a Blackberry Lane Designs from Just Cross Stitch Christmas edition 2011.
-Ornament Exchange: I didn't make anything for the ornament exchange this past year. This coming year, I am determined to rectify this situation. To be determined.
- New Start: Spring Sampler - definitely want to get this on the frame by Stickideen von der Wiehenburg
- New Start: "Book Mark" design that I am thinking of using to make a case for my Kindle. The design is by Cross Eyed Cat
I think this list is long enough that I had better not start anything else!