Saturday 2 March 2013

Needles, Needles, Needles - The Tools of my Craft

When people think of knitting they have a specific image that comes to mind -  mine is as follows - a granny sitting on the porch with some balls of wool in her basket next to her squeaky rocking chair, clicking away on her straight needles knitting scarf after scarf, or jersey after jersey.

In the world we live today, knitting has been rediscovered and is having an amazing revival.
But not only is the wool we use being made in new creative ways, but the needles we use have taken on a new meaning and significance of their own.

For those of you out there who are yet to be bitten by the knitting-bug, I want to discuss the various types of tools that us knitters dream of and drool over. 

I want to discuss the various types of needles used by knitters world-wide and will be doing so over the next 3 days. 

Feel free to join in by leaving your comments below :)

On the last day of this topic (Monday) I will be offering you an amazing Give-Away so do come back for that!!

Most needles come in various materials: steel, plastic and wooden.
They also come in various lengths.

First there are the straight needles.
These are the needles that we inherited from our moms or grans generally.

They are really fine to work with and get the job done, but they do not offer me the flexibility that I require from a needle as I appreciate being able to knit my projects in one piece and this is not possible to be done on straight needles.

That said, they are perfect if you don't mind knitting piece by piece or for knitting things like scarves etc.

Do you use straight needles?
If so, is the use of straights limited to various projects?
Which is your favourite material and length for these?

If you are on Instagram, join me today for the Photo of The Day.
Todays' topic is "Tools of my Craft"

Tomorrow I will cover DPNs - Double Pointed Needles so do join me for that - and don't forget: On Monday you can win yourself some awesome Needles :)

See you tomorrow

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