I'm back in the game! I got started on Feb. 1 but ended up with a broken tip on a needle (I still blame my boyfriend for it although the argument could be made that it was my fault which I will deny to the death) and I had planned to run up to the yarn shop on Thursday to replace it. Of course, that was the day that a massive amount of snow was predicted. Oye! So on Wednesday night I went looking for a needle to start another project for the snow day and, lo and behold, I found a bag with some vintage needles that a friend gave me when her very elderly mother passed away. There it was--exactly what was needed. I found my Hadley which I had flung somewhere when I found the broken needle (yeah--I flung it--I'm not proud of that) and cast on again.
Got a good start and realized I was doing 1x1 ribbing instead ouf 2x2 ribbing. Ripped it out and started again. Then I pretty quickly realized I was knitting with the tail and not the yarn from the ball and started again. I got a good chunk of ribbing done in during the snow (and shoveling, and eating junk food and my favorite tacky casserole) and, when it all stopped we decided a trip right down the block to the local pub was in order. It's always fun to go to a pub in the snow. I brought my Hadley and somehow (couldn't have been the wine) misaligned the ribbing. Apparently, my Hadley decided to bang back!
I'm back on track and cruising along nicely. I'm done with the waist decreases and almost up to the bust increases And yes, I read the directions all the way through. At the rate I've been going I'm avoiding any easily avoidable problems.
I do love vintage needles. I find them sturdier and, somehow warmer. And the packaging!! If I find them with the packaging I feel like I won the lottery. This one, however, was a doozy. Talk about necessity being the mother of invention. The needle was stuck in this card to keep it safe.
Here's the front.
And the back.
I think they're fantastic!