My friend Brian has sent me a pair of these.
They are knitting needles, size 10.5, with lighted tips for knitting in dim light. They're hilarious. when I called him to thank him, he related the following story:
I was walking down the street and passed by a store and there were two women in the window knitting with them, so I decided I had to buy them for you.
I went in [I ask, "Was it a yarn store?"] -- yes, it was a yarn store -- and said I wanted to buy a pair for my friend who was a knitter.
She asked me, "What gauge does she knit at?"
I said, "Um, I don't know....."
She said, "Well, what does she like to knit?"
I said, "Ummm...she knit me a scarf, once...." [this was the scarf I knitted in grad school, fifteen years ago, the very first thing I ever knit]
She rolled her eyes, and sighed very loudly. I said, "I am just going to choose them by the color I like, and you can tell me if it's an unreasonable size."
And that's what he did. They're a nice purple. Isn't he sweet?