May 12, 2005
Grubby little hands
If you're knitting with wood or bamboo needles, how many sets do you go through before completing your project? For me it's definitely more than one set.
Now, I want to be perfectly clear, I'm not talking about the points of the needles getting dull or the needles bending out of shape, and I'm not talking about the excess dye rubbing off on the needles and turning them colors, although all those things are highly annoying. I'm talking about the needles getting covered with gunky sticky crap of all craps that makes stitches impossible to move from one needle to the next.
What is the source of this gunkiness? I wish I could blame my grubby little hands, but I am borderline obsessive-compulsive and probably go through more handsoap than any human ever should. Leave it to Grumperina to point the finger to yarn manufacturers - yep, I think it's the gunk left on the yarn after the manufacturing process. But what to do? What to do? Washing yarn before knitting with it is not my idea of fun. Especially if you're knitting something sizeable like a sweater. Can I wash my needles?
The inquiry comes about because I'm on my fourth set of needles for the Pretty Comfy Socks.
1: Some Clover bamboo dpns which weren't brand new and therefore are already coated with crap of all craps. They lasted... maybe two inches worth of knitting.
2: Metal dpns. These were fantabulous, except they come in a set of four and I like to knit socks with five needles. I improvised by using four metal dpns and one Clover dpn. I grunted every time I would have to use the bamboo one, and naturally became too irritated to continue in this manner.
3: Brittany Birch dpns. These were so wonderful to knit with, that I almost blogged about it. And the gunk stayed off for a long while! But I say were wonderful because, yes, they're now coated with the crap of all crap.
4: I'm back to four metal dpns and one Brittany dpn.
I want to rescue my gunky wood and bamboo needles. What do I do?
Speaking of Japanese things like Clover needles, do any of you read and understand Japanese? I was checking out my website stats, and notices that a whole lot of hits came from this website. If only I knew what it said!
I stepped outside this morning, and the air smelled like Bath & Body Works (From a few blocks away, of course. Because I know you know how overwhelming it smells inside that store). Yes, spring is here, and it's quickly turning into summer. Look what I spotted in my neighbor's garden:
It's just like the one on my needle cases!