Monday, January 9, 2012

Times Two

Done.  I really get bored doing the second one.

Both threads are Lizbeth #30

I suppose that is why my sock knitting days ground to a sudden halt after several scores, if not hundreds of seconds. I have actually given away all my knitting supplies.  Now that the kids have limited their families, I have heaved a sigh of relief!

I felt guilty for a while that I was not picking up the needles... figure that!

Now that the socks are done, I believe I have time for two blue dragons, which I shall treat at the end to a lovely glue bath in order to make them strong for little fingers!

Question.  Do you find that using the self-threading needles is difficult when you are using #30 thread or smaller?  

I do, so I looked through my supplies and found these, but I do not know what they are called, and I have only a few. I will need to purchase more.

They seem to bend very quickly, just beneath the eye, and then break .  But, they are lovely and sharp, and the hole is large enough for the thread.

Since I always have my tatting with me and I have the needle in my kit, when I pass a fabric store I will be able to identify the type of needle.  But I was wondering if anyone has the name right there...


  1. The socks look great!! You and needles what are we going to do with you!?! Say hi to NN for me!!

  2. Hi Kel! NN says a big, jolly HELLO!
    Fox : )

  3. pretty socks.
    the needles look like they might be crewel, or embroidery needles.

  4. I use regular needles and a needle threader, cheap.

  5. Thank you, Ladytats and CM. i looked up 'needles' and I think these are:

    Chenille: These are similar to tapestry needles but with large, long eyes and a very sharp point to penetrate closely woven fabrics. Useful for ribbon embroidery.

    And yes, they are very, very inexpensive! Just over a dollar, I think I paid for the little package I have of about 10. And I do not need a threader as the eye is lovely and large.
    Fox : )

  6. Ever since my counted cross-stitch days back in the 1980s, I've preferred to use long-eyed needles for ALL my hand-sewing projects (even quilting!), basically because they are so easy to thread. I do use a needle threader, but one of those flattened metal 'hook' types. I just push the threader through the eye and simply lay the thread over the threader and pull the thread through the eye. I use a DMC three-in-one, but I remove the wire threader from it, as I don't need it.

    My needles are #26 tapestry, and indeed they can break, but they're good for 'up to' size 50 thread. I still don't know how tatters hide the ends in size 70 thread on up!

    You really DID give up on knitting! I don't do that much anymore, but I still have a ton of supplies and books!

    The socks are colorful, and the 'glue-dipped' dragons will be great playmates!

  7. I like to use hand quilting needles myself. I got a pack of assorted ones, tried a few out, and found one larger one that works well for sizes 20 and 30 threads, and a smaller one that is good for 40-80; I put these in a separate compartment of the compact so I can always grab them. I've been using the same ones for over a decade now and never had a problem with breaking or bending, although I do occasionally have to run them through an emery bag to keep the points nice.

  8. The socks look wonderful! I've never tried a self-threading needle. It's just not something I think about. Maybe I'll look for them the next time I go shopping... just so I can give you some input. : )

  9. Diane - Thanks! Check your e-mail before you go shipping! Fox ; ))

  10. Hi Fox,

    Beautiful socks, shes going to look gorgeous with those socks on.

  11. The socks are cute, lovely color. Bored on the 2nd one, oh, my! :) That's why I don't edge pillowcases and such very often. I'm looking forward to seeing your dragons. One has been requested of me but I haven't started it yet.