Righto - the bent needle on the right is a cable needle. The obsessive types who prefer to make their own sweaters instead of doing the sane thing and buying them from the store use needles like this...
...to make these (photo blatantly stolen from here and they use a different style cable needle in this drawing but you get the pciture):
Okay - short tutorial is now over.
Now personally, I am not a big fan of the cable needle. It takes no small amount of dexterity to manage it, the cable needle flops around in front or in back of your knitting...etc. etc. Plus I like the idea of extreme cable knitting - letting those stitches hang out in space for a few moments and risking it all.
Seriously though. The universe, it appears, has something different in mind. The universe seems to think I need a cable needle.
On Saturdays the kids have music lessons. Unfortunately, the place where they have lessons does not have a waiting room. Also, the kids do not have lessons at the same time. This means I get to hang out in the car with whichever child is not in a lesson for that half hour. I had just come back to the car after sending Alex off. It seems Madeline generously put my bag with my knitting and my book on the front seat so I would have them.
In my bag were four of these - beloved sock needles (el cheapo Aero 2.75mm for the detail-oriented)