Tuesday, February 24, 2004
A Knitting Needle Box
I have this great wooden box that my parents found for me during one of their flea market shopping trips. I don't think it's very old, but it's quaint. The lid is stamped with an impression of a ball of yarn and two knitting needles and the words "Knitting Needles", in case the picture wasn't enough to tell you what's stored inside it. A ruler is stamped along one edge of the flat, sliding lid. Still inside are some ordinary aluminum knitting needles, a few rubber needle protectors, a crochet hook, an odd "crook-shaped" aluminum needle and an assortment of double pointed needles, bound together by rubber bands. The needles are worn on the tips. I imagine who must have owned this box. Perhaps it was among the treasures of an elderly woman who passed away. Her children and grandchildren had no interest in knitting, despite the numerous baby blankets, afghans, and judging from the number of dpns in the box, socks or cabled sweaters that she knit for them. The box was probably part of the estate sale and then it ended up in the flea market. I like the box and the imagined memories it holds. It's a practical box, since needles are often too long for boxes made for pencils or stationary items. So my needles are slowly finding their way into the box, to mingle with those of the unknown knitter.