I'm beginning to understand the real joy of having a stash. Last night, still sick, I had to cancel a date with a very charming man. Pathetic and sorry for myself, I just wanted to go home and knit on my sock. I'm almost to the heel.
Imagine how it increased my overwhelming pathos when I broke my first needle, one of the bamboo size twos the sock is knit on. I'm using 5 needles, but with the heel approaching, it didn't seem to be the time to start knitting on four.
Instead of succumbing to self-pity and burying my head under my comforter, I looked up the French Market Bag
I'd picked up a couple of skeins of Lamb's Pride with an eye towards. But it requires size 7 double-pointed needles. Who uses size 7 dpns?
Apparently, I do. In my needle stash is a single set of brittany birch dpns. Don't ask me why. I remember buying them, but I have no idea what for -- a long-forgotten plan to knit a hat, perhaps?
BTW, the French Market bag is a pain in the posterior to start. The large dpns with two stitches each really do look like an unruly hedgehog. But I've now got perhaps a 4" square. Maybe 40 stitches around.
And, as a coda, it turns out that my needle stash also includes replacements for the sock needle I broke. I was going to try knitting the next sock on metal, so I bought some needles recently. I wish I'd remembered that last night. But then I wouldn't have progress on the French Market bag. :-)
Does anyone ever honestly and completely
admit to the number of projects they have going at one time, and the amount of yarn they have purchased with particular projects in mind? Because when I actually stop to total it up, it scares me. :-) I probably have enough projects right now to knit for the rest of the year on.