Well, I finally got the chance to knit with a friend at the swim club tonight. I met Rhoda, from the KnitTalk group, and she is lovely! We had a grand time chatting and knitting. She brought some goodies for me to ooh and ah over, and I was thrilled! First were the KnitPicks Options Needles, and Oh, I think I am in love! The needles are as light as air! I don’t know what that says about their long term durability, but ooooh they feel so good in my hands. The cable is so thin and so flexible, (and purple. to boot!) and once Rhoda showed me the proper technique for using the tightening tool, I found them very easy to assemble. The needles are on my birthday wish list, and I do hope to receive them.
This is a pic of the Options needle tip. It’s very pointy! Which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what and how you knit. And I do find that the barrel of the needle fits just right in my hand. Did I mention that the cable is purple? Haha. It’s my favorite color. Yes, I will still love my Denise needles, but these are definitely going to be an asset to the collection.
Rhoda also brought the book, Mason-Dixon Knitting : The Curious Knitters’ Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Pictures. Wow, I have wanted this one for a while, and I think I am going to move it up higher on the wish list. The discloth patterns seemed like something I’d actually make, whereas before now, they seemed like a boring project and didn’t really interest me at all. But the ones in this book were nice! the nested felted baskets were nice, too, and the afghan patterns were quite unique. Plus it looks like there’s plenty of reading too, to make the book colorful and interesting. Hmmm… I’m kinda on a book moratorium at the moment, since I have so many, but I think this would be the next one on my list.
All in all I had such a fun evening knitting and getting to know a new friend. The weather was gorgeous too, which is nice after weeks of rain. They say we shouldn’t see any more rain at least through the weekend. That’s a relief.