My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

About Knitting Needles

Just in case you wondered, I still hate Crystal Palace needles.

The points are pretty pointy, but boy, do the joins ever suck! Why is it that needle manufacturers can’t seem to make a needle with a decent join?

I moved the Inky Dinky onto a Holz & Stein rosewood needle from the Crystal Palace needle I was using. The Crystal Palace join was getting on my last available nerve.

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Oh, and I got the Bryspun circular I ordered on Friday. I gotta say, not impressed.

The point is not as good as my rosewood needle.

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And the join is just weird.

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So Inky Dinky will stay on the rosewood needle. The only problem with that is that the color of the needle makes it a bit difficult to see the yarn. But the join is pretty good.

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RAOKed

I stopped by Knit Happens yesterday afternoon for the first time in several weeks. And there waiting for me was a little surprise, from Jennifer of Major Knitter.

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Little shrinky dink tags with my blog button on them. How cute!

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Thanks Jennifer!

Lucy Sez . . .

Yes, I do get off the couch now and then. But I’m usually moving too fast to be properly photographed!

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Except when I’m lying on my knitting bag.

Comments

  1. Have you ever tried the Denise needles? I find them nicely sharp and the join is very smooth. Just curious since you hadn’t mentioned them in your recent posts.

  2. I found that Denises were perfect when I was knitting Birch – they have nice pointy tips, which is great when working with Kidsilk Haze, are slippery but not too slippery, and the joins are ok. I detest Crystal Palace needles. At least the newer ones no longer squeak, but the joins kill me.

  3. I don’t mind the points on the Bryspun. They’re a little odd, but they actually work for me. But you’re right about those joins. I’m not even a tight knitter, and I spent way too much time trying to maneuver my knitting over the lumpy joins.

    I do use the single point Bryspuns.

  4. I knitted a baby sweater on Addi Naturas a while back and I remember liking them. I just looked at the one I have again and the join is pretty smooth. Not super pointy, though. I’m usually an Addi Turbo girl, even if they’re a tad bit slippery.

  5. Inky Dinky is looking great!

    My gosh, she does love that knitting bag!! So why didn’t you get one for HER sooner?

  6. The Bryspun circulars are prone to break at the join. Some problem with the adhesive. We were just told my the company to pack ours up and send them back. :(

  7. That colorway is still impressing the daylights out of me. I’m going to have to see if I can find some laceweight Cherry Tree Hill at my LYS.

    I haven’t given the Bryspuns a shot yet. I seem to knit everything on my Addi Turbos. Oh — Hiawatha has commenced! But I haven’t put up photos on my blog yet.

  8. Wendy- I don’t know how recently you purchased your CP circs but I got mine about 3 years ago and I love them! I never have a problem with the joins and the tips are so nice and pointy! I heard the CP was having some problems with bad joins and splitting needles about a year or two ago, perhaps you got a bad batch? I think if you took them to your LYS and asked to try some new ones, you might be happier. My next suggestion is Addi Natura. Good points, nice join and flex-y cables! All my 40″ bamboo circs are addi natura and I love em! (and I’m a total needle freak!)
    I have Bryspun DPNs but surprisingly, I resisted the Bryspun Circ siren song. Of course the fact that I have a full set of Aero’s and Denise circs as well as turbos and CP bamboo might be the reason :)
    Return those CP circs and try some new ones!

  9. Jocelyne says:

    I have been ill several monthes, and went to my family’s home to get cured. There’s no computer there, so i could not see what you were knitting; when i got back here, i saw all that lace : WOW ! Congratulations, it’s great !

  10. Brigitte says:

    Hi Wendy… I just love the color, Inky Dinky is really looking great!

    Me, I always go back to my Aeros. The only complaint I have is the cable can be a b***h to straighten out sometimes. But, once it’s done, it’s pretty smooth sailing. No snags, I love the tips, and they “age” well. I have some I received from my mother that must be decades old, and they are still going strong!

  11. Inky Dinky is looking great! Any hint on what will be next on the knitting list?

  12. Hi Wendy,
    This is ot (forgive me) but I’m about to order yarn to do a cardigan I love. I was going to use Peruvian Highland Wool but really like a color from Wool of the Andes by Knitpicks. Having never ordered from Knotpicks just wondering what you think of their yarn as it is very inexpensive and I want this sweater to last a long time……….
    Thanks so much,
    Beth

  13. Wendy,
    Agree with you about the Bryspuns. I was going to use them with some lace I’m knitting and the points were duller than the Inox greys I’m currently using. You may want to try the Inox’s if you want a sharper point!
    Cheryl in GA

  14. Wendy, I just love how that stole is coming out. BEE-YOU-TEE-FULL! Have you seen the new Vogue Knitting? There is a gorgeous spider web lace shawl in it, but with no charts. I’m not sure I could handle that!!

  15. The ladoes at my Sunday knitting group (I say that because I have a Tuesday knitting group as well) all raved about Bryspun. Told me to get my hands on some if I ever come across them. My LYS sells them, and I was not impressed. Dull points, bulky join..ughh…hope the LYS can send them back to the manufacturer if there’s a defect. because no one is buying them.

    I do love the rosewood needles, very smooth, and a nice join. I have the Denise set, but I wouldn’t even think to use that for lace…the cable part is too big and, well, rubbery. Do you even have a Denise set, Wendy. I take you for an Addi girl…

  16. Janet Gardner says:

    I have been knitting lace this summer and find that i like the Inox grey needles best. Inox has both grey needles and shiny ones like Turbos. The points are pointier but not sharp, the joins are smooth, and the cables are flexible right out of the package. The grey ones are particularly nice for lace since they are not reflective and easier on the eyes. Used these on lace curtains of Cebelia cotton. Great! the only drawback is the lack of availability. I always have to mail order. Manufacturing has moved to Mexico with some diminution of quality in the metal but I still find them more than satisfactory. Jan

  17. Janet Gardner says:

    I have been knitting lace this summer and find that i like the Inox grey needles best. Inox has both grey needles and shiny ones like Turbos. The points are pointier but not sharp, the joins are smooth, and the cables are flexible right out of the package. The grey ones are particularly nice for lace since they are not reflective and easier on the eyes. Used these on lace curtains of Cebelia cotton. Great! the only drawback is the lack of availability. I always have to mail order. Manufacturing has moved to Mexico with some diminution of quality in the metal but I still find them more than satisfactory. Jan

  18. Personally, I like Crystal Palace’s needles, the Bryspuns are pretty horrible.
    Addi is making bamboo circulars now though, I’ve seen them at my local store. They have very pointy points, I haven’t used them yet-but the joins look very smooth, and the wire is extremely flexible.

  19. Oh I so hate Crystal Palace circulars. I can’t say I’m that fond of their other needles either, they always seem rough, but their circulars have the worst join ever. Interesting on the Bryspuns I know Stephanie of http://www.unwind.net had a problem with one just breaking mid-row. I think I’ll stick to my Addi’s, the point isn’t great, but so far I haven’t found anything that beats that join.

  20. Adrianne says:

    I don’t like the finish on Crystal Palace needles. After they age they are sticky. I live in Boston so the problem could be the salt air. My favorite bamboo dpn’s are Plymouth but my favorite bamboo circulars are Clover. I like the join better although to be honest I rarely use bamboo circulars. If I’m on a circular it’s usually an Addi.

  21. Hi, I’ve been reading for awhile in awe of your lacework! I was having problems getting a project started using a very fine laceweight, and the Susanne rosewood circulars were recommended to me. This yarn shop is local to me and sells the Susanne’s and the Inoxneedles as well:http://www.yarnbarn-ks.com/products.asp?dept=312
    They also sell Boye circulars, which I am using right now to do a lace t-shirt. (I got them in a big bag of circulars at a thrift store) This shop also sells them. I must say, I didn’t think I’d like them, but I do. The join is flawless, and they’re nice and pointy and not too slippery. My only complaint is that the cord is a bit stiff. Love your work!

  22. I’m a little baffled about some of the needle discussion–the brands in question must have a lot of variation. I’m using an Addi Natura circ right now with excellent points, while every clover circ I have is languishing in the needle box because the points are too dull for lace–love the joins, however. Two different ebony circs from Suzanne–one is sharper than the other, but still not as good as the Addi Natura. My problem with all of the metal needles I have has to do with reflectivity. They are fine for thicker yarns, but when using fine lace yarn, the reflections cause annoying vision problems for me. Is anyone else in love with Lantern Moon needles? Only straights and double points so far–boo hoo!