When I took up knitting a few years ago, I was delighted to receive my mother’s stash of vintage aluminum needles. But I’ve turned out to be a bit of a knitting dilettante and, when I do attempt the occasional project, I tend to favor my newer (and much less slippery) bamboo needles. Still, there is something about these old knitting needles that I love. They’re smooth and shiny and colorful and just very appealing to the eye, the ear and the touch. Or maybe it’s that they bring to mind Pick Up Sticks, a game I loved as a child.