Long time readers will recall that I treated myself to a set of Lantern Moon’s 5" Sox Stix (in Rosewood) a while back. I felt very sinful – they were £14.95 plus p&p but as I was going to be knitting pure cashmere laceweight on 2mm needles, I needed something both smooth and strong. Short was a real bonus for me – I love 5" needles because they tuck tidily into my hands when I am knitting.

I began a set of Alpaca Warmers from the 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders book.  The needles were wonderful to work with and I petted them frequently. The project just flew along – until I put it to sleep for a while. Yesterday I woke the project up. I took it out of its box (I protect my projects in stout Really Useful Boxes) and held my mitt in my hands, ready to knit, while I consulted the pattern to refresh my memory.

I heard something.

A tiny something.

A tiny but unmistakable something.

I heard…

a snap!

I looked down and there, in my left hand, dangled two severed ends of my very expensive and much-loved DPN (not to mention a few stray stitches.)

But how? Believe me, at this price one does nothing other than to take extremely good care of one’s needles! The project has been housed in a very strong plastic box. I wasn’t even knitting when the needle broke. It was under no strain at all… (well, some I guess, because of the triangular arrangement, it must have been crossing at least one other needle.) The needles haven’t been subject to much use – so far they have knitted most of one single fingerless mitt. No more than that. I have a good tension, I don’t knit tightly…

.. for heaven’s sake – these are made of hardwood!


It’s the knitting goddess, she’s striking back at me for being smug about clearing seven WIPs already this month. Isn’t she?

I hate the knitting goddess.

I really do.

The knitting goddess is a bitch.

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Bare Naked

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A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

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Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020


  1. jenny
    January 26, 2009

    that’s a disaster, do hope you can return them

    • January 27, 2009

      The problem is that I have actually had them ages, because the project has been snoozing, although they have had very little use. I have written and asked if I can buy a single to make up the set. No reply yet, though

  2. January 27, 2009

    Oh, no, what an awful thing to happen!

    I hope they let you buy a replacement. But really, snapping when you’re not even knitting with them??

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