In the process of getting my needles organized, getting projects lined up and finished I .... committed a heinous crime. But it was justifiable and needful. There was no other way, I was trapped and they were in the way, it was for the good of the yarn and my sanity.
I.... cut.... a circular needle.
There. It's out.
Let me explain before the pitchforks and torches come out.
Everyone has, at one time or another (and don't deny it from way back in your neophyte knitting) used the Takumi bamboo needles. I don't know wny I have two sets of size 2 16" bamboo circulars but I do. I must have been desperate to start a sock or something....or a baby hat. Anyway, in the process of making (what I thought was going to be a baby sweater) what is now a tight blue teddy bear sweater out of Wool Ease, I used the bamboo needles as stitch holders. When the weather was cooler and the humidity lower, it made sense and they were the only thing handy. I don't like using yarn fo stitch holders as some of you do, and I didn't have any Options cables handy with a tip that was small enough.
So... now I am getting things a bit more orgainzed, the project has been sitting on top of a wire cage next to the door for at least a month or two, I decided (in a fit of ADD) to take the bamboos off and put the stitches on size 2 dpn's. Welcome to Short Attention Span Hobbies. So... I managed to take half the stitches off one end and slip the wonderfully smooth dpn in, but then came to the other side. The stitches just simply would not move on the bamboo. The yarn was beginning to get fuzzy from my increasingly clammy hands, it was still, what seemed like, miles to go before I got to the tip... my arthritis in my index finger twinged and that was it. I snapped. I was never going to use these for a project and didn't think anyone else should either. The red handled scissors were right where I had put them the night before...
I cut the cable.
Just behind where it thickened to the join.
The stitches came off the bamboo tip as if released from prison and I deftly slid them on to the dpn. They're much happier stitches now I tell you. They can slide freely along the smooth metal and be transferred to another, less restrictive circular to be finished at a future date.
I don't regret what I did...and I'd do it again if given the same situation.
Photos of the crime scene:
The rest of the photos can be viewed on my flickr account. They are too graphic to be displayed to the public knitting community.
There, my first crime. Throw the book at me if you want, but I'm glad I did it and do not regret my actions.
(Don't listen to her...it's the PMS talking!)