I saw this reclaimed wood piece, part of some machinery from a factory in Atholl, MA, at my studio. The creators of Silver Hippopotamus, who also work out of Mad Dog Studios, were selling it at their show, and this vision of organized circular needles came into my head, so I bought it. It's difficult to describe Silver Hippopotamus, but this sister team takes industrial machinery or junked out pieces of farm equipment, maybe an old tractor part of child's tobaggan, and sculpts them into a new life. A piece of lucite here or there, something rethought into a light fixture, legs added to make a table. It is more than upcyclling because they transform these abandoned "things" into something that imprints in one's brain after the show is over. This was the simplest of their pieces - one day I'll have to take some pictures and show you more.
My find was marketed as a colored pencil holder and I loved how that looked so I combined the needles and the pencils. Now, it sits in front of our fireplace, where kids grab colored pencils at whim (and actually put them back) and I have my circular needles organized by size (and sometimes I put them back, too.)
I just joined the studio - a haven of space and sun, with individual areas and a huge common room with floor to ceiling windows and a hammock. A hammock! Great for knitting, as you can imgaine. There are kilns and equipment for metalsmithing, easels and saws. Artists can have a 2 or 3 day per week membership or their own small studio and work in the common space at will.