New knitting tool

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Mr. Aitch is a retired music/band teacher.  He used to play piano, saxophone. clarinet, trumpet, and flute on a regular basis and owned all of those instruments of torture (just kidding) at one time.  We still have the piano and he plays his saxophone in the college/community jazz band.  He practices at home between rehearsals. As of now all rehearsals and concerts are on hold because of, well, you know.

Anyway, the point of this was to tell you about my new knitting tool. I wanted a way to watch videos or read books on my iPad while knitting.  I tried to prop it up enough so I could see the screen and not hurt my neck but no matter what I did, I was not comfortable.  When I mentioned my dilemma to Mr. Aitch, he suggested his music stand.

Voila!  It was perfect…almost.  It was a bit too tall even when in the lowest position but it was something we had and it worked…until he needed it to practice.  Then I was out of luck.

So I did some research and found the perfect solution for me.Manhasset 48CA music stand, knitting stand

The Manhasset 48CA stand is the same stand but the concertina size so it’s shorter than a regular music stand and designed for those who sit when performing.  This is great as I can sit comfortably in my favorite chair and watch videos, read, or listen to a book or music and knit!  No more straining my neck to see over the stand when Mr. Aitch is talking to me.Manhasset 48CA music stand, knitting stand

The stand is a sturdy metal and heavy so it would not tip over though it can be moved.  The height is adjustable and the stand can be tilted from almost verticle to horizontal as desired.  The lip is wide enough for books, pens, pencils, note pad, and/or an iPad.  Manhasset 48CA music stand, knitting stand

I love how all my knitting necessities fit nicely on the stand.

Have you taken something unusual and made it fit your needs?

 

Down the tubes

I was cleaning up my knitting bag and had to come up with another plan for all my double-pointed needles (aka dpns).  I’m not a Magic Loop convert yet so most of my socks and other knitted-in-the-round items are made using dpns.

I know I bought some of these but I also inherited some.  In the beginning, the needles were safe and organized in the original cardboard packaging.  Then the packaging fell apart. 

The inherited needles were held together with rubber bands or tape (Gasp!).  Rubber bands deteriorate rather quickly and leave gunk on the needles.  And tape residue is sticky and rough. 

I made some holders from small paper envelopes and wrote the sizes on the front.  That worked for awhile but it wasn’t a fantastic solution. 

Enter these double point needle tubes*!  

I love them. 

Now my needles have a more secure home.  I cut out some circles (address labels), wrote the size and stuck them on the end so I can see at a glance what needle I have/need. 

The tubes are adjustable so they can accommodate shorter or longer needles.  I even keep some crochet hooks in one as every knitter sometimes needs one of those. 

They now live in the knitting bag of tools and supplies.

Sets of size 10 1/2 and above are too large to fit inside these tubes so until the Super Duper Sized tubes arrive, I will keep them in my make-shift holder. 

I’m not sure how I ended up with so many size 8 dpns.  But can one really have too many? 

*I received no compensation for this review.  I just like this product and thought you might, too.

Challenge

Ravelry: “Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.”

So I decided to set up my Ravelry Challenge by completing 12 projects this year but I don’t really have any specific things in mind.  Except to finish my Bacardi Cardi begun in 2014.   (You can find me here.)

Using as much of my own yarn stash to complete those projects is also part of my challenge.  Maybe if I added all the stashed yarn to my Ravelry account, I’d be able to see what I have and what it can become.  But that time consuming detail will be left for another day.

At least “most” of it is corralled in five super-large bins.

I need to dig out that Bacardi Cardi…

Don’t tread on me?

Finally finished last week!  And I L.O.V.E. it!030-me-w-purse

The zigzags remind me of tire treads so I decided to name my purse “Don’t Tread on Me.”030-felted-front-001

The treads felted flat into the knitted body but are slightly visible in the lower section in certain lighting.  Perhaps less felting would have retained the raised texture.032-felted-front-closeup-002

The ombre effect turned out well.031-felted-back-001

Love the swivel hook and triangle ring.033-felted-hook-001

Fully lined.034-inside-empty-001

All the stuff I carry…036-labeled-stuff

…has a place.035-inside-full-002

Project details later.