Knitting needles

Just a quick one today, about knitting needles, who are often made of metal, and make a special sound when being used. I have some vintage knitting needles, after my mother.

I love the coloured ones!

My knitting needles lie silent and idle for now, but I know where to find them if I want to pick them up, to make that subtle sound that I like so much.

I have always liked the idea of mixing hard metals with soft techniques. This year, my theme for the A to Z challenge is “Metal meets textile”. From A to Z, I talk about work with metal wire, textile techniques like crochet and knitting, show some pieces I’ve been working on, share some thoughts on metal, textile and jewellery. I hope that you’ll find something of interest to you!

17 thoughts on “Knitting needles

  1. Beautiful photos! My mother taught me to knit, sew and bake. 😉 I didn’t save any of her knitting needles but she was knitting up to the end and she left a closet full of handknit sweaters, a few of which I still may have somewhere. 🙂

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    • I see your mother was really a dedicated knitter! It’s special to have clothes made by someone we know, even if we don’t use them. I have a sweater that my mother used to wear a lot when I was a child, knitted by a friend of hers. It’s laying in the closet, I don’t know if I’ll ever use it, but I’m happy to have it.

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      • That’s so sweet – the fact that it was made by her friend and that you remember her wearing it. It gets hard to hold onto these wonderful objects when you move a lot and as time accumulates, the objects do, too. I’m constantly scolding myself for not organizing things like that better.

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  2. I don’t have any knitting stories to share except one. My sons and I play a lot of Role-Playing Games and I have an RPG blog. So one day we were all headed to our Favorite Local Game Store. I had to park a bit out because this is a busy place (pre-covid).

    We were walking and there was this sewing supply store on the same street. Inside there were all these women in their 50s-60s and one dude in his 30s all knitting. Everyone looked like they were really happy, talking laughing, enjoying each other’s company and their hobby. Exactly what my boys and I were about to do in the store two or more doors down.

    It struck then that guy was a kindred spirit to us. He didn’t care what society’s expectations of him were, he was living his life and he was happy, at least in that brief moment of time I saw him.

    Thank you for posting this so I could share this story. I hope that dude is still knitting away and having a great time!


    Tim Brannan, The Other Side: 2021: The A to Z of Monsters

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    • Me too, I hope he’s still knitting away together with his knitting friends! Thanks for sharing this story, I loved reading it and I think I see what you mean. Certain activities are for certain people (or so we are taught to think) and it takes a lot to break those stereotypes and go our own way. Groups often become more interesting when there is a mix of gender, age, background, etc.
      But hang on, do I also hear you say that role playing games are a “strange” thing to do (in some people’s view)? I know nothing about it, so bare with me if it’s a strange question or if I misunderstood you here. I’d better come over to your blog and learn more about it…
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing this knitting story!

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  3. Knitting is something I never got the hang of. I crochet, and dealing with two needles just confused me. My mother didn’t knit either. My grandmother tatted, and crocheted. I guess I come from a long-time non-knitting family!

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    • Sounds like you all have very clear preferences! There is no ‘one size fits all’ with crafts, is there? I would like to learn tatting, I bought a shuttle and made some attempts but didn’t pursue, would need to give it more time.

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