Friday, February 25, 2011

Cable needles and knitting sheaths

Single point needles and cable needles do not work with knitting sheaths.

At one point, I put a lot effort into thinking about ways it could be done.  Then, I asked, "Why do it?"  What are the advantages of SPN and cables?

Well the cable's advantages are that it folds up and is not "pokey" in the knitting bag.  I kid you not, that is a really big advantage - for knitters that take their knitting to tea parties.  I often sit by my kitchen window, drink my tea, and knit. Then, cables have no advantage for me.  If I go out to a tea party, I take shorter needles that fit in my knitting bag without being pokey.


Pocket sock needle case that doubles as knitting sheath.
  Invite me to tea, and I will bring my knitting!


=Tamar said...

Neat idea! Did you turn your own wooden needle case? If so, how did you hollow it?

Aaron said...

Trained mice! : )

For hundreds of years, needle makers packaged their needles in turned wooden boxes. With a wood lathe, it is not too hard to make a round "box".

Boxes less than 5" long on either side of the joint are easy. Such boxes will hold 10" needles. Boxes that will hold 18" gansey needles turn out to be harder.

Michael said...

OK, I love this idea, but I'm not sure I understand the execution. It looks like the part below fits into the part on top, but then you'd only have the part on top to hold the length of the needles. And what is the darker bit on the lower part? Is that the part that works as a sheath, made out of harder wood?

Aaron said...

yes the top and bottom fit together to make a needles case that holds 6" needles, and the black thing is needle holder from another project that I attached (glued mortise & tenion) to the end of the needle case.

Lisa-Maria said...

i'm learning so much reading your blog... if you ever come to austria, i'll invite you over for tea. =) promise.