I thought some of you knitters would enjoy seeing one of the Christmas gifts around here -- two sets of double-pointed needles, handmade. Adam made them over the past couple of weeks, one set for me, and one set for Anna.
He started with steel rods, cut them to the length I specified, polished and smoothed them, and worked the ends down to perfection. Small double pointeds like this have to be metal; the wooden ones are too much like toothpicks, and if you apply pressure while knitting, they will snap. These are really beautiful. I'm eager to start a new sock pattern with my set.