Thursday, March 27, 2014

a tale of my wooden needles, crochet bag complete

Hand carved wood Knitting needles  
Size yet to be explored
I made my handyman to make me a pair of big and fat knitting needles. Yes wood is warm, smooth and soft and won’t drain heat from the fingers the way aluminum and plastic needles do.
This time I asked him to make needles after making my racks..he made racks out of wooden strips left from the logs during making door frames. He used to make use of leftover strips by making wooden frames for shoes, books, kitchen and toys for children.
When I asked him to use his expertise for making knitting needles for me …he promised to make me whenever he got the soft wood for them.
And as soon as he got the wooden strips of soft wood he made me a pair… He made  my big knitting needles from wooden strip, First he sawed the strip in half. It's made from a soft wood so it was easy to shape. A very big pencil sharpener would have been handy but with an army jack knife he roughly shaped the end of the needle. Then with amplifying paper he sanded it. Finally he smoothed it off by hand with fine sand paper.  These needles are a fraction of the cost of the bought ones and just as good.
 my love for wood
For me as haryanvi…where I used to see my grandpa bringing long fat roots of babul for making our doi and jherani ( for making click HERE) during preparing land for kharif crop. rohida for making chakki , khejari for fuel wood……. Its but natural that I was Wishing for wooden knitting needles is but natural.

Wooden needles made from soft wood.

Furthermore, wood is our greatest renewable natural resource. It is environmentally friendly; it’s recyclable, biodegradable and durable; when it is no longer needed it can be returned to the earth.
How I feel about these needles
The smooth and lustrous surface of my wood needles allows my stitches to move freely for hours of comfortable knitting. Made from soft wood in waves of sand color, the sharp, gradually tapered points slip easily into stitches so even complicated cables and K3togethers are easy to maneuver. The soft wood warms quickly in my hands, and the burnished surface provides just the right amount of grip to manage slippery yarns. The grooves in each needle help keep the stitches from slipping off the needle while they are being held either in front or in back of my  work. Pair  of these two  provides an ideal size for any project.
My beautiful round bottomed crochet bag is complete now I will write down the pattern in later posts and very soon ! 
I made the lining with sheer white net fabric
the opening is through a beautiful string with the metal beads at each end.

my d-in-law modeling for the purse/bag I will made on for her with red yarn. Red is her fav colour.



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