Mary Oliver

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with your one wild and precious life?"

Saturday, May 1, 2010

KCBW Wild Card

All Tooled Up

Do you have a particular knitting/crochet tool or piece of equipment that you love to use? Maybe it is an old bent pair of needles that used to belong to someone special, or a gorgeous rosewood hand-turned crochet hook that you just love the feel of? Write about what you love it.

This topic is the one I couldn't wait to write about. As much as I love knitting, I think I might even love the tools of knitting even more. Sort of like school supplies for knitting. I'm addicted.

This rooster pitcher is just perfect for holding my wooden straights, although it's starting to get a little crowded in there. I have some handmade roundtop needles, Brittany needles, and some lovely rosewood needles from Lantern Moon that my husband gifted me with. I love working with all of them and I love the whimsy of the rooster.

I bought this little felted zipper bag before I started knitting, I think, but it has been invaluable for keeping all the little things safe in my project bag or purse. I keep a Chib needle in it's case, a wooden cable needle, many stitch markers, and a small pair of scissors in it. I love it.I just recently started collecting vintage aluminum needles, so they have their own storage area, although I don't think this vase is their permanent home. I'm looking for a slightly taller container; although the rooster pitcher sets the bar quite high, I'm hoping to find something equally whimiscal for these beauties. Finally, although this picture is crap, I couldn't leave out my pewter stitch markers and my Blue Sky double point needles tin. I love the tin even more than the needles, truthfully, although I use them. I have a #5 tin and a #2 tin, as those are the needles I use to make socks, but I wish I could justify buying a tin in every size, since they're so cute and useful. But at $30 a pop, I'm holding off.

There are many more tools of my "trade" not shown, like my three basket yarn holder from Lantern Moon and my circular needle case that Steve bought me the first year we were married, my double needle container, my many project and yarn baskets, and the Susan Bates circular needles that I enjoy using (see, it's not all snob appeal here!), but I'm running out of time.

Cause I'm headed to Maryland in an hour or so to attend the MS&WF! I'll be back with more photos and maybe even some more knitting tools. Yarn? Could be.


  1. A case for your circs! Now, that's just a fabulous gift.
    Have fun...I'm looking forward to your knit-star stalking stories. Oh, yeah, and your new yarns, of course.

  2. I'm so jealous! Enjoy the festival. Hurry back with great pictures! that rooster and your needles.

  3. I'm so jealous of the Blue Sky dpn holder. I had no idea these things existed!

    Can't wait to hear how the festival was -- and to see what you brought back!

  4. Lol, I can totally relate to this post. Since I have slowed down (a little) in buying yarn, I have been collecting anything else knitting related or that could be used as a knitting bag, needle holder, etc. Love the rooster pitcher!