My grandmother called me today and told me that she bought me something at a yardsale. When she brought it over, I couldn't believe my eyes! She had a box full of knitting needles, needle holders, and books! I couldn't believe it. I said, "Lord have mercy is this Christmas!" I brought them in, washed them, and organized them. I seperated out each individual pair and rubber banded them together. All together there were 75 pairs of needles, 4 crochet hooks, and ten stitch holders! There were a lot of needles with missing mates.
Now that is a lot of needles! I think that most of them are pretty old. Many of the needles didn't have a brand name on them, and there were a few needles that I found to be quite interesting. There is one pair of wooden needles that appears to be hand made. There is also a wooden pair by Boye and one by Bates. I didn't know that those companies made wooden needles. I'm curious about how old they are. The pair on the right is the one that is handmade.
Another set that I found to be interesting is made by Bates. I have never seen anything like them before. They are made out of plastic and are quite patriotic as you can see. If any of you know anything about these needles please let me know. Unfortunately the stitch holder is broken.
There were a couple of brands that I have never heard of: Hero, Phatom (Made in England), and Zephr. The Zephr is a circular needle made all in one peice out of nylon. It doesn't have any joins. Then there is a metal circular that has a metal wire cable connecting the needles. I have never seen one of these before. I also found a circular needle from an old Needlemaster set. I remember hearing that Sears used to carry knitting needles a long time ago, so it was pretty neat to find a couple of Sears brand needles in the stash. After I got them all seperated I did an inventory. Gawd, I'm such a nerd!!