Mostly about knitting history. Sometimes about what I'm knitting. Sometimes about other things too.
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Eureka! Knitting Needles!
Friends came to visit for a few days last week and brought me a wonderful knitting gift - an antique knitting needle case, containing steel knitting needles. They are very fine - the thickest are 2.25 mm. diameter, and the thinnest only 1mm. (I have tried knitting a sample with those but found it very difficult.)
The case was evidently sold originally with a set of needles and I assume that the present contents are some of those. The writing on the case says "EUREKA - Best Quality - Steel Knitting Pins Highly Tempered - Guaranteed not to rust - Germany". And indeed they have not rusted. I think they must date from before the First World War - the woman's head on the cap could be Edwardian.
It would be nice to knit something with the thicker needles, perhaps a pair of fine mittens.