Don't Forget Your Needles

The Thistle stole is nearly complete!  Today I'm cutting the steek, finishing the ends, and blocking it.  So for those who are worried that it takes a long time to knit, fear not - if I can do it (minus a thumb!) so can you.  I'll post updates on kit shipping as soon as I can.

As I was finishing up last night, I realized that I wanted to give my Madrona Students and kit-buyers advance notice:  You'll need a couple of LONG circular needles to make this project.  Since there may be one or two sales going on today, it's a good time to start shopping so you'll be ready when your kit arrives.  Here's what you'll need:

1 60" (155 cm) size 2 (2.75 mm) circular
1 60" (155 cm) size 3 (3.25 mm) circular

Or the sizes you require to get a gauge of 28 sts and 30 rnds in 4" (10 cm), in 2-color stranded colorwork (larger size is for the main body of knitting, smaller is for the hem facings). 

The yarn in your kit will be a true sportweight, so if you have some yarn to play with for practice, check the ball band for a similar gauge.  And remember, it's a stole, so as long as you like the fabric you get, it really doesn't matter too much what your gauge is.

Oh, and if you prefer wooden needles, I'll save you some time:  I only found one brand that is both wood, and long enough:  addi Natura Bamboo.  Get them HERE, or ask your friendly LYS to order them for you.  Happy Hunting!