Ok, now you’ve done it. I too am on a quest. Where did you buy the Holtz & Stein that you do have? I’m Googling like crazy and everything is a dead end.
That’s not helped by the fact that I referred to the needles as “Holtz & Stein” while they are actually “Holz & Stein” (but I corrected it this morning in my past two blog entries).
But still, they are very difficult to come by in the U.S. There may be a few retailers selling them, but precious few.
I first went on my Holz & Stein quest a couple or three years ago, because I love them for fair isle work. The needle size I use most often for fair isle is a 3.25mm. Back then, I was able to get some Holz & Stein ebonies in that size, but nowadays a 3.25mm is very rare indeed — any place I’ve seen them, the sizing goes from 3mm to 3.5mm. So I feel very fortunate to have the ones I’ve got. I’ve got several ebony 3.25mm circulars (thanks to Susan in Germany!), and one in rosewood — the needle I’m using right now.
Why are you preferring H&S over Addi Naturas? I love H&S too but they are so had to find. Just curious.
My laceweight yarn slides over the join in the H&S much more easily. And I think the points are sharper.
So, I’ve . . . uh . . . ordered sample needles in as many different brands as I could find in a U.S. size 3 (3,25mm) so I could do a comparison. In circs I already have Clover, Addi Naturas, Addi Turbos, Crystal Palace, Bryspun, Suzanne ebony (which has a join not as good as the H& S) H&S ebony and H&S rosewood. and I’ve got some straights as well — Inox, Aero, and old, old Susan Bates.
I’m on a quest.
And I’ll share my opinions when I form them. But of course, your mileage may vary. A number of people have said they really liked the Bryspun circulars and I don’t. So a lot of this is personal preference.
Sanity is So Over-rated
This morning I ordered this.
It’s Snow’s fault — she pointed it out to me.
Will I knit it? Only time will tell.
A Huge Congratulatory Shout-Out!
Kim’s Baby Norgi won best in show! Wow! Photos of her fair winnings on her blog.
And a Huge Thank You!
To Betsy, who very kindly sent me the following:
A lovely assortment of Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud laceweight yarn and a pattern for some lovely lace scarves. Thank you!
Cute Lucy Story
(If you are not into cats, you can stop reading now.)
One night last week I got home from work and found that Lucy had deposited her paper ball in her water dish, as per usual. (That’s what she does with her paper balls when she’s done playing with them — plops ‘em in her water dish. I think we’ve already discussed this, no?)
I took the sodden mass of paper out of her dish and left it in the sink while I gave her fresh water (thinking I’d throw it in the trash in a minute).
I totally forgot about the sodden paper until an hour later when Lucy brought it to me, on the living room couch. I thought “Ewwww!” and got up and threw it away.
When I was posting my blog entry that night I heard Lucy crying. Not just meowing — crying. I thought she was ill or hurt. I raced into the kitchen and there she was, sitting on the counter, looking into the sink, mourning her lost paper ball.
(Yup. She was on the kitchen counter. A place off-limits to felines, which she darn well knows.)
I of course made her another one, which she happily played with the rest of the evening.
And in the morning there it was, in her water dish.