Since I became a grandmother, I have taken up knitting once again. I had my knitting needles and I dug out the stash of yarn, enhancing it, just like the fabric stash. Quite often I work on more than one project at a time and this creates a problem when I am in need of number 4 mm or 4.5 mm needles. When I go to look for a pair, they are being used for something else. Since I can't wait to finish the 'something else,' I sometimes end up buying another pair. I haven't counted how many pairs of the same size needles I have BUT, I am picky about the kind of needles I work with. I don't like the plastic ones because they 'stick.' I knit the European way and it's a lot quicker if the needles are made of aluminum.
I think I have tried these bamboo ones but they are not as smooth as aluminum.
When I was in BC last year, my daughter, grandsons and I stopped in at a local Legion that has a permanent rummage sale in the basement. Loads of great stuff for pennies - almost.
My absolute best finds were these. Aluminum knitting needles in various sizes. Ten cents a pair. Trust me, I made sure that these were aluminum by tapping them against the metal legs of the table that they sat on. I left the bent ones. I was not interested in what size the needles were, I just wanted quantity - because, you see, I was leaving to go back home and we weren't going to be visiting this place again before I left. Quite a few of them have the American size on them but I'm getting pretty good at knowing that a 6 is actually a 4 mm and an 8 is a 5mm. I can now work on so many different small projects at once (not really.) But it means that I can make two baby booties at the same time. I know I can knit them both on the same needles but I hate the tangling of the two balls of yarn.
I wonder if they have double pointed needles there now? Maybe I can ask my daughter to go check. After all, I have my helpful little gauge so it doesn't matter what size the needles are, I can always find out.