The first thing I bought at this year’s festival I bought right away. I usually come into the marketplace and start on one side and go up and down each aisle, carefully checking out every vendor. I go through the entire marketplace to get a feel for what’s there and for what I might need or want. Like most people at the show, I have a limited budget, and if a lot of things catch my eye, I know I will have to limit my self to the “essentials” or one fabulous project. This year I came into the marketplace and headed to the far side and started with StevenBe’s booth; it’s always a treat to see his yarns, kits and projects. A couple of vendors down I went into the Stunning String Studio booth, and saw some really cool knitting tools that I snapped up right away. They are little crochet hooks, about 2 inches long with a lobster claw on one end to attach them to a necklace or ring on a knitting bag. One is size 00/3.5 mm, designed to pick up dropped stitches, and the other is size 14/0.75 mm, designed for adding beads. It seems like they will both be pretty handy to have close by, and at the very least they are super cute! They both have an enameled charm on top. I picked one with a heart at the base of the lobster claw and one with a hanging sparkly flower, both colored light blue. They came in lots of different colors, though, and at $6 each I thought they were reasonable enough to get right away.
I have since used the bigger one for picking up a dropped stitch. This is something that has always scared me, and I knit very carefully to avoid such a situation, but with this little tool, it worked out OK. It still scares me, but maybe just a little bit less now!