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favorite stuff & online shopping

For both crocheting and knitting, I have come to regard some particular items as special favorites.  I want to share with you in case you may be looking for something similar!  I’ll start off with basic tools:

toolsMy lavender lotion bar is AMAZING in both smell and feel.  Check out the Lavishea website!  I mean, you need to take care of your hands that do so much work to make such lovely things!  Also, my Westcott sewing scissors that were given to me by my mom are the best — they’ve stayed sharp since I started crocheting all those years ago and the handles are nice and comfy.  The Cath Kidston tape measure I’ve shown you before, I know, but it bears looking at it again because it’s so darn cute!  Can’t get it on the US website though — you have to go to England!

susan bates hooksThese are my favorite metal hooks, and ironically they were gifted me by my horrible ex’s mother.  They’re old Susan Bates hooks, I believe (although they don’t actually have a brand name on them), sizes H-8 (5mm) and J-10 (6mm).  I use the H hook for everything possible.  Now I actually have some hook sets that my great grandmother owned, and those of course are my real favorites, but I don’t use those much because I’m scared of losing them.  There’s a regular set and a tiny steel hook set, and they mean a lot to me.

brittany hooksThese Brittany wooden hooks are my favorite wooden ones because of the actual hook shape and the fancy ends!  Pictured are D-3 (3.25mm) and J-10 (6mm).  I haven’t found these in the States either, and I only recently found them available online at Deramores.  I think I’ll be getting more of these soon!

newhook1This older, square, discolored picture shows a lovely antique hook made of bone.  It’s size E-4 (3.5mm).  Small but gorgeous!

knitting toolsThese are my favorite knitting tools — Brittany knitting needles and cable needles are available in the US, and I love these cable needles.  This is also the only pretty handmade stitch marker I’ve got, so I love it!

straightsEven though I don’t use straight needles too much since I’ve got a lovely circular set that does the job, I do love these cute ChiaoGoo ones!  Yes, they’re bamboo, but they’ve held up pretty well so far.  I don’t even like cats that much (I mean they’re great, but they make me sneeze) but these are so cute!

I got a couple of extras, like extra cables, ID tags, and cable joins.And of course my favorite circular knitting needles are my KnitPicks Sunstruck interchangeable needles!  These are the same as the KnitPro Harmony needles, for those of you in Europe.  These are awesome because, as I’ve said many times before, they have such nice sharp points and they don’t split on me like the bamboo circulars do.

And as far as DPNs, I just ordered the KnitPicks Sunstruck 6″ DPN Set — I know already that they’ll be my favorite!  I know I’m short on cash and I should probably have waited for these, but these will be worth it.  I’m going to use them for some Christmas ornaments that I’m going to give as Christmas gifts this year!  Of course that means I also bought the Christmas book by Arne & Carlos from KnitPicks as well, so I can get started.  (After my dad bought me the Easter Knits book by them, I’ve been astounded that I hadn’t heard of them before and I’m really excited about their stuff!)  I still need the yarn for the Christmas ornaments, but it will be cheap yarn, and overall it will save us A LOT of money on gifts this year!  I’ll just have to wait a bit longer on the yarn…

In my KnitPicks order I also tossed in two balls of Dishie Multi Yarn in Cottage (25849), just because it’s absolutely gorgeous and cheerful and it’ll make some great washcloths or dishcloths that I can also use as gifts!  It’s not the softest cotton but that’s why it’s designed for things that get wet all the time and take a lot of wear.  Here’s the colorway:

I spent a good bit, but at least I qualified for free shipping… It was a bit of an impulse buy…  I’m sorry, Mom.  😦  As hard as it is to believe, I actually am getting better… Ugh, now I feel all guilty!  I really do shop smart, though — the DPN set saves money when compared to buying them all separately, and getting the book from a US distributor saved me money there, too!  And the yarn’s not really expensive, either.  Look at me, trying to justify my shopping.  I guess I should have just waited until I had more money to spend, even though they’re all great buys.  *sigh*

Anyway, I feel like I’m starting to ramble, so I’ll sign off for now.  I know I said I’d hold off on the posts but I’ve still got 7 more topics to post about, not counting any projects I’m working on.  Thanks for stopping by!  I’m sure I’ll break down and post again within the next few days, so check back soon!

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Comments

  1. I loved seeing all of this! The Brittany hooks are gorgeous, but are they comfortable to hold? That point on the end looks dangerous! And Christmas?! You know it’s only just Easter don’t you? 🙂 Seriously though, I’m looking forward to seeing what you make x

    • Haha yeah I know I’m a bit early on the Christmas stuff. I probably won’t actually start on any of it until later on. The Brittany hooks are comfortable for me. They have a long middle part that’s completely straight and smooth. I suppose if you hold your hook like a knife as opposed to holding it like a pencil it might get in the way, but they’re so long I doubt it.

  2. Ooh this is really useful, thank you for sharing! As I’m still starting out in knitting it is useful to see what other people find useful when I’m building up my stash of tools!

  3. That Dishie cotton looks wonderful, I love all the different colours. I am using a similar cotton at the moment but it only comes in Natural, which is so sad 😦

  4. girlinknits says:

    Thanks for sharing, I love my Brittany crochet hooks and my knitpros. I agree, that a set is cheaper to buy then buying them all individually. I don’t justify my shopping online. I am due to start work soon, so i’m getting my stash together whilst I have the time 😀 That’s my excuse and i’m sticking to it!

    • Haha I like it! My excuse is that soon I might not have any money for this stuff because I haven’t found a job yet, so might as well get it now!

      • girlinknits says:

        Exactly! that has also been mine too until recently. but I have training courses soon, so finding time to aimlessly yarn shop will be difficult. Not impossible just.. not as easy as I would like :S But it is lovely to have a soft and squishy yarn stash to work with on a rainy day 😀

  5. I loved seeing all of your tools and gadgets. I particularly love your handmade stitch marker. So cute! And those Bamboo kitty needles look awesome! I don’t care for cats much either, but they are cute. I haven’t tried bamboo needles as of yet, but it is on my wish list to get some.

    • Thank you! Honestly I prefer wood needles to bamboo, but that’s because I’ve gotten cheap bamboo needles before that split at the tips. I’m sure better quality ones would be nice!

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