While setting out to knit three more pairs of socks from Stephanie van der Linden’s glorious book, Around the World in Knitted Socks, I decided to restrict my choices to yarns and needles I already had. I should have plenty of both. And I do. More yarn than needles, which is normal. Needle choices proved the greater challenge.
Quite accidentally it turned out that I am knitting these three pairs of socks with three different styles of needles. Double-pointed needles for the cabled “On the Aran Isle.” One circular, magic looped, for “Riot of Color.” Two circulars for “Classic Kilim.”
Why are these socks on these kinds of needles? For no more better reason than this: they were the right size needles for the projects and not otherwise in use. I found 2.25 mm works best for all three patterns. I have more needles in this size. Some are, shall we say, resting in dormant sock projects. What really mattered for casting on was which needles I had ready for use. That meant a set of dpns, two shortish circulars, and one circular long enough to magic loop.
If I had them available at the moment of casting on, I would probably have magic looped with a single circular with a moderately pointed lace tip for all of these pairs of socks. The dpns I am using have very sharp lace tips, being Signature stiletto points. These are wonderful needles! Their ultra sharp points are a little more than this particular pattern calls for, and I am watching to avoid splitting the yarn.
A friend asked me if I would change needles after finishing up a pair of socks and releasing that needle or needles. I do not think that I would. Funny things show when needles are changed. The gauge could be slightly different with a change in needles. These needles choices are all working fine for me as is. When that satisfying moment arrives, freed-up needles will go back in the needle keeper for use on a completely new project.