Useful & Beautiful: Viyella Needle Gauge

A beautiful Viyella needle guage

I love vintage knitting needles, particularly American aluminium needles in sweet-shop shades. I’ve never been particularly drawn to other knitting paraphenalia – until a recent visit to Ida’s House at Unravel, that is. I fell in love with a Viyella “Needle Gauge and Knitting Recorder”. I promised this tiny treasure a blog post all to itself.

Viyella gauges are unique and hard to find. I didn’t know this when I saw it; I knew the name Viyella as part of our textile heritage and I just thought this was a beautiful thing. I picked it up. Your hand just closes automatically around its round body. It has a lovely, solid weight to it, a lovely feel. But it is useful too.

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Giant Destash

Don’t get excited. I’m not selling my hoard of yarn. No, it was the Fashion & Textiles Vintage Fair at Hammersmith Town Hall. Essentially, it’s the same as when you decide to get rid of a load of yarn you’re not that keen on any more, and it’s someone else’s treasure. I found things that were fabulous to me.

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Midnight Ocean

Midnight Ocean

Midnight Ocean: new capelet

I’ve just designed Midnight Ocean capelet as a change from making triangle shawls. I love how cosy this generous cowl feels, even though the yarn is only 4ply. It stays on my shoulders instead of falling off constantly – no fiddling with it while trying to hold a glass of wine or a conversation.

It’s going to be perfect to wear on chilly summer evenings, and apparently there will be plenty of those in the UK this year. I think it will be great under a coat in winter when the subtle sparkle will be picked out by twinkling lights. In a plain colour the clean Art Deco design would make it wearable on a journey to work. It feels very versatile to me. If you’d like to see more pictures, have a look here.

So, I’d like to know…what do you think of the idea of this little capelet instead of a triangle shawl?