Graduating to circular needles and Purl Bee beanies

Through sheer perseverance, I am actually beginning to enjoy this knitting malarkey. I’ve just finished my first beanie. And yes, I am super proud of myself. It’s real beginnersville here!

Thanks to you guys, I’ve also discoverd Ravelry. It has become my go-to for all things knitting. I searched for what looked to be the simplest possible beanie pattern by Purl Bee, and yes, it was simple, but also a great hit with Miss Four. I’m pretty sure I didn’t get the type of yarn and stitch tension right, but I don’t really mind the ‘homemade’ look for a beanie (although I’m sure it would look better with the starting point at the back!). It was also my first go using circular and double point needles.

I’ve got a few more little beanies and scarfs to knit for my other girls over the next week or so (I’m preparing for a Kansas Winter, or what remains of it). And after this, I have a more ambitious project planned! 

But before I sign off, I must confess to another splurge necessary purchase. In the after bask of having completed my first real knitting project, I convinced myself that I was worthy of some better knitting equipment. A Knit Pro carbon circular needle kit is on it’s way to me in the mail. It took me absolutely ages to decide what type of needle I should get and in the end, my choice basically came down to the needle sizes in the kit (those that I don’t already have). I had no idea you could choose from bamboo, plastic, metal or wooden needles. What type of knitting needles do you use, or wish you had more of?

And if you are wondering what 60kg of vacuum packed sewing paraphernalia looks like…


This is my important stuff all packed up and ready to hit the runway. Oh, and it doesn’t actually include any of my clothes. It is merely the important things….fabric, patterns, select notions, and my Pfaff! How do I manage this luggage haul you ask. Well, that is what three little girls come in handy for…believe it or not, their luggage allocation is still 46kg each, which I am carefully managing of course….mwah ha ha…

5 thoughts on “Graduating to circular needles and Purl Bee beanies

  1. SewJillian

    Yay you!!! They look great. And if you decide you can't stand DPNs (cough like me cough) try magic loop. So much more pleasant and if you were here in Sydney for longer I'd be happy to teach you! You'll love those needles. I adore KnitPro Symfonie interchangeables which are wood, warm to the touch and a little flexi which is good for my hands. Happy days!


  2. Debbie Iles

    That would have been a fabulous idea…would have taken you up on the lesson offer! I will have to look for magic loop. My gorgeous neighbour just gave me “the happy hooker”, learn to crochet book as a going away pressie, so I think I am going to have to have a crack at that too! I still can't see myself choosing to knit/crochet over sewing, but I am excited that I am enjoying it and looking forward to future road-trips now (that I have a way to continue my crafts away from home!).


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