Sunday, April 29, 2007

A Tutorial? Moi?

Indeed, although I can't claim any credit for the idea. This issue has been buzzing around the Socknitters list lately, and I thought a few pictures would help.
This all started because I was brutal on my dpns while sock knitting. I am not a fan of metal, but I feared I would have to switch because I kept breaking and/or losing sock needles. Bad things can happen when you do that, the least of which is that you have to stop knitting for a while.
When I was at the Yarn Harlot, I saw a girl in line that had these nifty little holders that wrapped around and kept her needles in place. What a brilliant idea! I was at the LYS in my parents' town, and I saw them for sale, a mere $10, and I thought about purchasing it.
I thought about it so far that I took them to the checkout counter, where the owner talked me out of it. For socks, she said, all you really need is a rubber band, and she showed me this.
Gather all your needles together.
Wrap the rubber band around one end of the needles.
Twist.
Stretch it out to the other end of the needles.
Pick that side up and twist, securing it around the needles again.
Et voila!
This handy little system holds all your needles neatly in place, for the cost of a big rubber band. And the owner was even nice enough to give me the rubber band!
I haven't broken or lost a needle since.
If you're curious, these are Jaywalkers in Cherry Tree Hill. Nearly done.

3 comments:

Mme. Defarge said...

Thanks! Cool beans. However I'll be doing it with one of those hair elastic things just to be sure that the needles don't get any stick and the yarn doesn't get pulled. They're a staple in my notions box.

Mme. Defarge said...

"stick" was supposed to be "sticky" :(h

Carrie Penny said...

I may have to give that a try, I hadn't though of that. I throw my socks in my bag when I go to starbucks and one needle almost always falls out...