How do you find a needle lost in a haystack, or more accurately, big honkin' Addi Turbo size 19 circulars with plastic tubing as the cable? One would think a needle that big would be very easy to find. Not here. Not in this den of chaos and clutter. I can't start the shawl of the ribbon in fall foliage colors until I find that needle.
So far in the search I've found:
- at least 15 circular needles
- at least half a dozen cables missing from my various needle sets
- two red Kotcha-Kotchas (row counters)
- more UFOs than I care to mention
- multitudes of patterns printed from the Internet
- many purchased patterns in their plastic sleeves
- innumerable hanks, skeins, balls and cones of yarn forgot I had
- a bevy of little pattern books
- more knitting bags/totes/carriers than I could count
- a few dust bunnies bigger than my Bichons
What I didn't find was the Addi 19s. Oh, and I didn't find my Swiss Card.Drats! I've finished a project and can't start the next one until I find those needles! I refuse to pay $30 to buy them over again.
The good news is I found the project that began my new love affair with knitting.
Picture this: it was 2001. I went to my first Stitches. It was Stitches East held in King of Prussia/Valley Forge, PA. I was enthralled. I was smitten. I bought yarn to create the latest rage--a scarf! Not just any old scarf, but one made with novelty yarn, pretty novelty yarn in a colorway that called to my love of purple. I had not been what I would call a knitter in over 40 years (if I don't count the little bit of doll-size knitting I was attempting to do).
That scarf, begun on size US11 aluminum needles from my 40+ years-old needle collection, became my first UFO in the present reincarnation of my knitting. I knitted on it today. I knitted it off the old aluminum straight needles onto some shiny, slick KnitPicks nickel-plated circulars, then after learning the hard way that they were too slick, onto some smooth, fast KnitPicks Harmony wooden circulars. Aaaaah, much better.
I don't have any socks on the needles at the moment. What to do . . . what to do . . . ?
Bona Fide Knitter