I have a bit of mystery. A few years ago a friend’s mother died and since there were no women in the family I was given her bundle of old knitting needles. I was delighted to receive them. Their bright colours of various lengths immediately reminded me of the click clack of a knitters life. Although I did not know this woman the needles bent with wear evoked the years she must have spent knitting garments for her family. I wondered what stories of the joys and heart aches these needles could tell. Most of them are plastic and often old and I have found to my dismay some are very brittle plastic. Some however were like these.
Now these needles are an absolute dream to knit with. I have given a pair to Annie Whitsed and she is equally enamoured of them. They just feel great in the hands and there is something about how the wool slides over the needle that makes the whole process sensuous. I am wondering if anyone can tell me what sort of plastic they are made of. They could be described as faux tortoise shell. Does anyone know? If I hold them against my cheek they are cool but not as cool as the other plastic needles.
Some needles possibly of the same vintage as they came in the same bundle have the word ‘shellonite’ on them I have done a search on shellonite but with no luck and I am not a knitting expert but I was wondering if anyone would know.