I've never lost a needle but once I set down my knitting to go to the kitchen for a drink and when I came back one of my needles was bent into an L . I've never figured out how that happened and can only assume my house is haunted by ghosts who don't appreciate craftiness.
I keep the set around, sure that someday at a garage sale I will find a lonely size 10 aluminum to pair w/ the non-bent needle
Ok I have my pattern, I have my material (more or less, maybe. might change my mind on that one. AND I bought Better Homes and Gardens Sewing Book (1970! how i love the old BHG binders) at a garage sale for $2. I am ready!
Just need a day off alone at home so I can scream and cuss in peace.