I finally got my needles in for Froggy Fibers. Based on past experience I chose the Knitter's Pride line.
Not to say there aren't other wonderful needles out there; Knitter's Pride, however, has a line of affordable birch or the more expensive luxury Dreamz, and I thought I'd get both. Some knitters like to treat themselves and feel good with dreamy needles while others have a goal of finishing the project and appreciate value and economy.
So, the needles arrived and I arranged them on their grid wall and got to twitching. I was dying to use them! Even though they aren't really for me but for you.
I pulled the Basix size 50 out of its packaging. Why the US 50 in particular? Well, it has a really nice, sturdy package. With a snap! I can put it back when I'm done and no one will be the wiser. Except you, since I've gone and confessed.
My first thought was the cable would have trouble uncurling it's kink. Wrong! Two rows later and its smooth.
I pulled out my "briefcase" with office supplies (i.e. Teeny balls of scrap yarn), and proceeded to cast on. Five stitches is all my long tail would allow on such honking big needles.
Imagine if I'd done some color coordinating! Garter ridges the size of Pom poms! I'll have a thick, chunky cowl done in no time, and be very fashionable to boot.
Next I thought what it would be like to use a single yarn. I chose my Casafina, a worsted weight cotton.its so airy and lacy and not a yarn over in sight! Wish it were still summer. I'd love a light wrap like that, or even something to wear over a tank top.
Bottom line: while I felt like Lily Tomlin in her oversized chair from Laugh-In, I found the needles to be exceptionally smooth. Sure, I dropped them and lost my stitches, but that happens all the time when you've got too big a needle for your yarn.
They are smooth, feel great in the hand, and give great results.
Come on in and try them. I've got two. Maybe we can race and see who gets the farthest in 20 minutes.
People who are crafty use their craft to make a statement about themselves. That sounds very bold and planned and maybe a little egocentric; it is in fact more gentle than that. Being crafty is merely an extension of who they are. Their craft reflects their life events and their interests.
I know people who began to learn or who returned to knitting when they learned they were about to become a grandparent. The first project was a blanket, then a hat. Soon they were ready to tackle a sweater, or a stuffed animal.
What does Froggy Fibers reflect? Hopefully a bit of all of you: texture and color and the desire to learn and create. But because it's a small business, it's inevitably going to reflect a bit of the person who started it.
So, let me introduce myself! The Froggy comes from the very first pattern I ever made up, back when I was still learning how. I had toddlers and wanted to make them something to play with. So Froggy was born. I still make them, and when I teach kids to knit or crochet, the Froggy is their first finished project. The picture above shows the Fiber Art wall of the Children's Art Camp Exhibit at the Museum of East Texas. If you peer hard you can spot a Froggy.
My knitting still shows I am a mother even though my kids are older. When they got into literary characters I made Harry Potter and Star Wars dolls. It brought a style, too; I knit folksy and whimsical and probably goofy. From Froggy evolved pigs (again a reflection: i have a pet pig), bunnies, cats, dogs.
I hate purses but Ok I'll carry one because for some reason women's clothing is deficient in pockets. The purse I carry of course I made myself. It's felted and colorful and small.
My favorite accessory is not the shawl (though that sure comes in handy in air conditioning) but my felted headband which I wear like a 1920s era flapper girl when I run. It has the inglorious task of acting like a dam from al