You may know what happens to you when you are at a good knitters’ show. A show with classes and a marketplace and many other keen knitters ogling in the marketplace booths. There is often an atmosphere suggesting that these are once-in-a-lifetime colors or models or patterns. Our good sense and awareness of who we are and how we knit can evaporate at such moments. We can come home with some odd purchases.
Today I re-discovered a show purchase that instead increases in its value to me: a Needle Keeper made by Chicken Boots.
This little construction of fabric and elastic is made to hold the tips of double-pointed needles together, to secure the knitting then in progress. It does that well! Even on the larger dpns now in use here. More typically on socks or mittens.
This morning I am cheered even more by the aesthetic. The colorful cotton prints and the perky chicken on the label. These make me smile, always a worthy reward. I like knowing that these are made by hand by a real person, a very nice woman who lives, sews, knits and raises chickens in California. The quality of construction satisfies me as well, as this Needle Keeper has lasted more than a year and a half and looks new.
When I bought this Needle Keeper, I thought it was cute but maybe not essential to me. Now it is essential. I appreciate it even more each time I use it. It makes up for some of the less satisfying purchases made at shows. Such as an expensive book that I already owned or yarn from a favorite hand-dyer in a gorgeous shade for socks, only to find the same colorway already in stash. Do I want two pairs of socks in that color? Probably not. You may know this phenomenon
Chicken Boots exhibits at some shows and has a great site. The Needle Keeper I have is the shorter of the two sizes offered and suits my personal assortment of dpns well. The cheerful fabrics shown here are no longer available, but others are.
May your shopping at shows tempt you to find a Needle Keeper or something else that becomes more and more valuable to your knitting bag!