This week, I met up with a very dear friend who was visiting Singapore. She is an avid knitter and many years ago, I promised to sew her a knitting needle roll. I bought a purple pink woven striped fabric in a Thai silk blend, with a contrasting plain fabric in the same Thai silk blend. And then I lost the fabric, well I didn't exactly lose it, I stashed it away so well that I couldn't find it until a couple of weeks ago, when I was rummaging in box on a high shelf in one of the bedroom cupboards. I was so happy to find it again. I can finally sew her the knitting needle roll, many years after my promise! But better late than never!
The fabric is not stiff like 100% Thai silk. It has the lustre of silk but is very fine and soft as the weave is loose. I lined it with fleece to give it a bit of body. The pockets and top flap are unlined. In retrospect, now that I know a little bit more about fabric, I should have used stiff Thai silk because the needle roll would hold its shape better.
I searched the internet for tutorials of knitting needle rolls but I could not find something that was exactly what I wanted. I wanted a folded one rather than a rolled up one, with a flap on the side (see photo below). I do not knit with DPNs but I do have some given to me by my mother who used to knit when she was young. I used the lengths of those needles as a guide and worked out the measurements on my own. Looking more closely at the photo, I just realised that the horizontal stripes on the flap fortuitously almost match the stripes on the bottom pocket to its left. I didn't plan it beforehand, but I'm so glad they matched up anyway! There is a teensy mistake though. The flap was supposed to be on the left hand side, but when I sewed it, I was so to eager to get going that lo and behold, I ended up with the flap on the right hand side. Anyway, I think it does not really matter :) and I hope that she will find it useful.
I have one more thing to show you. She brought me a lovely gift of yarn, all the way from the US! In a lovely grown up colour called Heather, and it's such a special treat because its a yarn (Cascade 220) that I cannot get here locally. She brought me other presents too, that dainty pair of scissors, from Germany that looks too pretty to use and some yummy pineapple cakes, one of my fave pastries!