I learnt to knit using casein knitting needles- casein being an early 20th Century plastic product- they are renowned for being smooth, flexible and comfortable to use. Swallow has been making casein knitting needles since they introduced them to Australia in 1894. Casein is a milk-product, used in cheese making [and – obviously plastics] and as such these knitting needles are biodegradable- an early example of a recyclable product.
Casein lends itself to being coloured with dye- and these lovely 50s knitting needles evidence all the colours possible. Some of these needles were my mother’s- she bought them new in the 50s [some were never used and still have their original packaging] and the rest are additions I’ve found along the way. My stash of casein needles is now quite large! Together with my stash of tortoise shell knitting needles [see earlier posts] I could be considered somewhat of a knitting needle hoarder.
I prefer to sell the needles in groups of 20s- but if you are interested, let me known the colours and sizes you are after in an email.
20 pairs casein knitting needles for sale: $AUD70