In a comment to my previous post, Marilyn tells a terrific story about flying with knitting shortly after 9/11... go read it!
I've ordered the Knit Picks Harmony nickel-plated sock needles. I've been working a lot of cabled socks of late, and have been struggling with the needles. For cable and fancy stitches, you need a good solid pointy point, and the points of my bamboo dpns were wearing too much. I love the points on the Harmony wood ones, but it occurred to me - in a smack-to-the-forehead sort of way - that an even better solution might be to try metal needles again. I haven't used metal sock needles in years. This is going to be an interesting experiment. I ordered the shorter ones -- I always struggled with the 8" length.
And look! A finished object!
It's a scarf! A crocheted scarf.
As you can see in the first photo, it's got a bit of a curve to it, the foundation chain being too tight, but other than that I'm pretty pleased with it.
My first-ever finished crochet project. It's a single ball of Needful Yarn's Joy, worked in double crochet. The square at one end is, IMHO, an elegant solution to the problem of not knowing how much scarf I'd be able to get out of the yarn. I worked a long narrow piece lengthways, and then when I was close to the end of the ball, I started working rows on the short end. I used the entire ball up, and have a decent length scarf out of 75m of yarn.
Now perhaps I can tackle a Zombie or two.