My favorite, Top-10, can’t-live-without knitting tools are:
10) Zip-lock bags to contain projects, supplies, yarn...
9) A Pentel Forte 0.5 mm mechanical pencil. I don't normally like mechanical pencils, but I love this particular model.
8) Crochet hook with a microscopic hook on it for beading
7) A cute, small bag for holding travel &/or sock knitting
5) Tapered sewing needle
4) Post-It-Notes for writing notes on as well as using as graph line guides
3) Yarn bowl
2) Interchangeable needles (How did I ever live without these??)
and my number one, all time favorite,
1) Nail clippers. Everyone should keep a pair of nail clippers with the little hook & file thing on them in their knitting bag. Besides the obvious, you can use them to cut yarn, file rough spots on your wooden needles, and in an emergency, you can use the little hooked end thing as a crochet hook or even a cable needle.
I'm also wishing America a happy birthday! I hope everyone has a fun & happy Independence Day. I'll be spending the day at work, assuming hurricane Arthur doesn't cause too much trouble. One nice thing about working on July 4th will be free front row seating for an awesome fireworks display without the hassle of looking for a parking space.
Since I'm working tomorrow (July 4th,) and Mike will likely be spending the day doing storm damage service calls, we are celebrating today. Or at least trying to. Our food may be soggy, but watching Mike try to grill in a pre-hurricane thunderstorm is rather entertaining.
As far as knitting news goes, I haven't made any photo-worthy progress. I've only completed a few rounds on the Christmas socks. I've been focusing on the Allegro sweater and am only two rows away from putting the sleeves on stitch holders. (It's a top down, raglan...) Once the sleeve stitches are gone, the knitting should go faster.
Once again, I hope you have a wonderful, safe Independence Day! I'm off to eat soggy barbequed chicken. It may be wet, but it sure does smell good!