Lost Arts studio

A lot of the fiber arts I enjoy are things like tatting, netmaking, chair caning, and even weaving, where people will come up to me when I demonstrate and solemnly tell me, "That's a lost art."

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12 January 2007

The Disadvantage

The disadvantage of knitting with size 8 and 12 pearl cotton on doll needles is that it takes a lot of knitting to show any difference from photo to photo.

I thought of another advantage of the doll needles last night while I was knitting with them: they are short enough not to poke my eye out. I'm pretty near-sighted, and I take my glasses off to do things that many people would need Mag-Eyes or some other magnifier to see.

That means I have, well, needles*! about two inches from my unprotected eyeballs. My 5-0's and 4-0s are your standard 8-inch lace needles, and if I really want "stabby", I have two old UK size 19 Bucilla needles that are 8.75 inches long and have drill-points on them.

Meanwhile, I have to go have some lunch, pay the house insurance, and return the DVDs that were due last night (oops).

*Yes, I have blunted them to ball-point-pen roundiness!

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