While lurking on a knitting email list I saw repeated references to "relaxing" new circular needles.
I'd never heard of such a thing. I can say that one thing I don't like about working on circular needles is the way they like to coil around and sometimes seem to fight back against you.
So, apparently you've got these people out there who go out and buy their needles and then come home, boil a big pot of water, and dunk the line part of the needles in the hot water till it relaxes, then you pull it out of the water and pull the line into a straight line. No more curly-q when you're trying to knit.
Who knew? I tried it with one set of needles that I happen to have two of in case I did something like melt the needes clean away or something. I nearly forgot about the pot on the stove (I do that a lot actually) but the actual straightening of the needles was easy peasy and . . . I like them better.
So that was another new trick this old dog learned this week.
I finished three assignments today and I'm sick to death of typing. Off to put the kids in bed and sit and knit beside my husband.