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Lanea
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Posted - 05/02/2006 :  04:37:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
One of my craftier friends read about my love for bone needles on my blog, and he showed up this weekend with a handmade leather needle case with solid cherry endcaps, and it's full of antique bone needles. He made the case (which he didn't want to give me because it has a small flaw), he carved the end caps, and now that he's found bone needles, he's talking about learning to make them himself. He was hoping I would be convinced to make him some more clothes for living history events.

"Um, yeah, I'll gladly make you some more clothes. I make clothes for people I don't even like so they'll look better in my encampment. I'll start right after I finish jumping up and down and squealing like a seven year old who just got a puppy."

Then he mentioned he could get me more needles if I was interested, and the jumping started all over again.

I'm almost afraid to say this, because of how it may affect my future needle and tool acquisitions . . . but he's single, girls. Let the bidding start.

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stephcat
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Posted - 05/02/2006 :  07:50:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit stephcat's Homepage Send stephcat a Private Message
pics?

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Lanea
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Posted - 05/02/2006 :  09:39:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
Soon, but not yet.

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stephcat
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Posted - 05/02/2006 :  12:59:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit stephcat's Homepage Send stephcat a Private Message
what a tease!!!!

both the needles and the case sound incredible.



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chris
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Posted - 05/03/2006 :  07:42:23 AM  Show Profile Send chris a Private Message
You lucky, lucky woman!

Where on earth is he getting bone needles??? I'd love to have some, especially dpns for socks! Does he have a brother in WI? Can I make him a pair of trews? A French cheesemaker's smock? A biggins? Or is he further back than those?

panting and drooling,
chris

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gwtreece
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Posted - 05/03/2006 :  08:36:33 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Wow what a great friend.

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beanmama
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Posted - 05/06/2006 :  10:42:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit beanmama's Homepage Send beanmama a Private Message
Chris -- Lacis in Berkeley, CA has bone dpns and straights made for them. You can order them from their website, http://www.lacis.com - go to "shop online" and search for "bone knitting" and they'll come up. I have several and they're lovely!

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chris
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Posted - 05/08/2006 :  07:26:41 AM  Show Profile Send chris a Private Message
Thanks for the link to Lacis! I had forgotten about them....used to use their catalog for things when I was more active making RenFaire costumery. I'll have to think about spending $40 for a set of dpns though. I use five and, stubborn old dog that I am, don't think I want to have to get used to four!

Gee...I guess I don't want them that badly after all!

chris

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beanmama
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Posted - 05/08/2006 :  11:23:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit beanmama's Homepage Send beanmama a Private Message
Call them -- the last time I was there I spoke to the owner and told him that sock knitters often prefer 5 needles. He thought that strange, but he now will sell single needles for those that prefer 5. They don't have it on their website, but if you call them they will make that happen for you. I think it's $5 for an additional needle. So $25 and not $40!

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Lanea
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Posted - 05/09/2006 :  05:11:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
So, Typepad was giving me fits last week. The case is visible in my latest blog post, but the image of the needles went all wonky. They should be visible tonight or tomorrow. Unless I fix my computer with a sledgehammer.

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chris
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Posted - 05/09/2006 :  07:46:16 AM  Show Profile Send chris a Private Message
Beanmama, how cool! Thanks for letting me know! Truly, I should have thought of that myself. The folks on the other end of the Lacis phone have always been very accomodating, going out of their way to help those of us who aren't really sure what it is they're seeking (or can't remember the name of said item). I'll call them as soon as they wake up!

Lanea, I'm green with envy! I can understand why he wants to "fix" the case. I think it has something to do why we frog.... But it is gorgeous and, to me, the twist makes it unique and handmade. Lovely, lovely turned end caps, too. Imagine after years of use: hand oils making the wood satin-y and smooth, the leather dark and winey. Sigh. And antique bone needles, to boot. You are indeed a lucky woman!

BTW, not a hammer ...not a sledgehammer... a weighted adjusting tool. My mechanical engineer husband (currently a sojourner in Juarez, Mexico) taught me that very technical term. ;-}

chris (alone again, naturally)

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Lanea
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Posted - 05/11/2006 :  05:21:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
Ok, there's now a photo of the needles up with the photo of the case:
http://crazylanea.typepad.com/fiberarts/2006/05/beltaine.html
There's a full set of dpns in the case, though they're a bit big for average sock yarn. I foresee a lot of very heavy socks in my future.

Turns out I didn't need to smash any part of my computer (or use percussive maintenance, as my husband would say). Typepad just fixed whatever they broke, and things got back to normal.

As I've explained the case to people who've seen it, and made it clear that my friend's leather-work is normally without blemish, one person after another has volunteered to relieve me of the twisted case, should a replacement be in my future. Very funny.

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