Start out in any craft and there are basic pieces of kit that you need to acquire.
For something like knitting, you can start off with a pair of needles from the $2 Shop and a big ball of ACKrylic yarn from the local big box craft store. They possibly won’t be very good, but they’re enough to get you started for a modest outlay, and if you find that knitting [ or crochet, or spinning, sewing, embroidery ] is to your liking, well THEN you can start upgrading your tools and materials.
Yarn can be made from wool, alpaca, bamboo, bison, cotton, and a whole slew of manmade fibres [ of varying degrees of desirability ]. You can buy handyed. You can buy handspun. The only limit is what you are prepared to pay.
Same goes for the other pieces of kit.
I’m not sure that anyone really needs silversmith crafted knitting needles embellished with real baroque pearls, but if that is what you fancy, they are out there.
As it happens, my favourite needles these days, after a lifetime of swearing by the faux-tortoiseshell casein needles beloved by generations of Australian knitters, are these:
my KP circs
sharp as the dickens
I bought a set of ‘Options’ nickle plated KPs back when the KP stood for KnitPicks
then I added to them with a set of the rainbow striped laminated wood KP Harmonies. At this stage KP was KnitPro.
More recently I bought Nadie a complete set for her significant birthday [ and also filled in a few gaps in my collection ] and now KP apparently stands for Knitter’s Pride.
it doesn’t particularly matter what they’re called, they are lovely to work with, and I tend to use the circs for almost all knitting because they are easier for me to manage since the onset of FMS limits how much weight my upper body can handle.
One disadvantage though, of the wooden needles, especially in the smaller gauges that are my preference, is that they are vulnerable to being dropped, dinged, sat on and in all other ways broken.
So I was a ready mark for the latest cleverness from the lovely Ron [ spinningwoodie on rav ] … he who took so much time and effort last year to teach The Girl how to spindle spin.
This is something I desperately needed and I didn’t even know it existed.
Behold [ drum roll please maestro ]
Ron has invented a special case for protecting the points of your circular needles. But … I can hear you say … but my needles came in a protective little carry case anyway. Why do I need another?
Because my dears, this needle protector is to protect the needles while they are actively in use
When you need to put your precious points down for the night, or into your bag to take to knitting group / the train / mother-in-law’s, the point and cable slips into the case with its little grooved lid and, there, you are, safe as houses.
Unfortunately Ron doesn’t have a retail presence, but if you are on Rav you can start a convo with him … otherwise you’ll have to wait until next year’s Wool & Sheep.
and this is what my Ravelympic knitting looks like after Day 1 of competition.
Zauberball in Charisma
KP 4mm needles and the Ishbell has morphed into another Holden Shawlette.
I know I said to slap me upside the head if I ever again contemplated making anything with a mile of bloody neverending picot cast-off.
This will probably end in tears.