tools of the trade and potential threats to safety........

These are cable needles.....well 3 of them are 'officially' cable needles the last two on the right are technically Double Point Needles (DPN's) for knitting bitty things in the round like socks, baby hats, and hamsters, etc.
As you can see there are a number of varieties to choose from all the way from the U shaped one, far left, the hook, and the straight ridged for knitterly pleasure and grip.

I tend to lean towards the DPN's though simply because I can usually find them faster than my tiny cable needles. I've never liked the hook and the U shape can twist around on me and get slinky. However, my preference is for a straight needle that when I'm not on a cable row can easily be tucked up into my hair for safe keeping......this is where the danger comes in....and sometimes slight embarassment....
1. if you knit in bed like I do, you can fall asleep with the cable needle in your hair which could quit possibly if you are having a restless nights sleep but a hole in your noggin. Or, worst case scenario and one that has happened to D, it can somehow jump from your head to your partners side of the bed for them to roll over onto in the middle of the night and give them a poke.
2. if you again, have tucked your needle into your hair and part is sticking out for easy reach you have to be careful especially if you enter public domain because well, you've got a freaking needle sticking out of your hair and it's clearly not holding it in place.......
3. You can lose them if they aren't in tightly
4. If you use the ridged for knitterly pleasure ones the ridges can sometimes grab your hair and make retrieval difficult typically resulting in messing up your do at the same time.
then there is a new one i discovered yesterday.....
5. You forget it's in your hair until you are pulling onto the freeway and try to find it because not only is it a really nice wooden one, you know it's expensive because you lifted it from your moms notion stash, only to disover that it has fallen down the back of your shirt, by-passed the first stronghold (bra) and made a direct entry right into your..........well I'm guessing that mom isn't going to want her needle back and I have a bandaid there today........

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