Can you stand yet another blogger blathering on about the new Knitpicks needles?
If you can’t, you’ll want to skip a bit.
I wasn’t going to get any Knitpicks needles, but a friend got some of the dpns and liked them, so I bought some too, to try them out. I got them in the mail yesterday.
Like others have said, the packaging sucks. The dpns are on a card in a flimsy cellophane sleeve, and the size is marked on the flimsy cellophane sleeve. I like to keep my needles in their original packaging, so my favorite for dpns are nice plastic sleeves, like the ones that the Skacel bamboos come in. This isn’t a huge deal, but it’s annoying. Still, considering the price of these needles, you can’t really expect much in the way of snazzy packaging.
The needles themselves are nice. Good points, very smooth. Here’s a comparison photo for you.
Which needle is which? I’ll give you a hint: the top one is the Knitpicks needle. Can you guess the rest of them?
If you think you know which needle is which, send me your answer in an email:
1. List the needles in order, from top to bottom.
2. Send me your answer by noon, ET, Sunday, July 23, 2006.
3. Only one email per person.
4. Email your guess to: blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet
Here’s another hint: the needles pictured are the Knitpicks needle, a Pony, a Brittany, a Skacel bamboo, a Regia, a Skacel metal, an Inox, and a Colonial.
Whoever guesses which needle is which will win a nice yarn prize.
I knit the toe of my second Schaeffer Anne sock with the Knitpicks dpns in size 0 (2mm). Then I switched back to Skacel bamboos.
The good thing about knitting socks with metal needles? You are not going to snap them. But the bad thing, for me anyway, is that they are too darn slippery. As I was knitting with them, I’d find the needle would slip out of the stitches when I had just a couple left on the needle. Because my socks go on my commute with me and I knit while waiting on a subway platform, I can’t have my needles escaping like that. (Raye, was it you who told me that the track system for the NYC subway is paved with your lost DPNS?) So I won’t be using these for socks.
I did order a couple of circulars in smaller sizes (but not the Options kit). I’ve not gotten them yet, but I’ll be interested to see what the joins are like. If they are good, I might like ‘em for lace knitting.
Speaking of socks, Anne asked:
I have a question for you about knitting socks in general. I just started my first pair a la “Wendy’s generic toe up pattern” and I’m noticing a very slight crease forming at the change-of-needles sections. Am I pulling too tightly? Not tight enough? I rarely work on dpns – I usually opt for two circs when knitting sleeves, etc. in the round and haven’t noticed this peculiarity before. Thanks for any advice you may have!
And later in the comments, kmk offered this solution:
For Anne/ewelittledickens with the crease problem in her socks on dpns: I avoid that by, when I come to the end of a needle, instead of using the needle I just freed up to work the stitches on the next needle, I work the next couple stitches onto that same needle I just used before I start using the needle I just freed up. Did that make sense? If not, Wendy can surely explain it better. What it does it move the boundary between the needles slowly around the sock instead of in a perfect vertical column that can crease.
It makes sense to me.
Can You Block It?
How important is sock-blocking? I’ve blocked lace, and a sweater, and the odd scarf, but socks never struck me as needing it so much. But the sock-blockers are pretty cool.
Me? I don’t block socks. Ever. I bought the sock blockers simply because they display the socks nicely for photographing. I like to keep photos of all my knitting projects, and the sock blockers will result in better sock photos.
Can You Handle It?
Lena in Maryland commented:
I just recently bought a noni bag pattern from jimmybeanswool. It is the triangle baguette with camellia flowers. My only concern/dissapointment is that she doesnt explain how to attach the handles. And all her purses are shown with handles. Have you wondered how you will attach your handles? Please let me know if you figure this out!
Ah, but she does explain how to attach purse handles — it’s just not on the pattern. It’s on the Noni Bags website, on a page entitled Handles 101.
Can You Sew It?
I plan (I think) on inserting a zipper and a lining into my Noni bag. To construct the lining, I might actually use my poor old sewing machine for something other than sewing steeks for Dale of Norway sweaters.
I have a lovely Husqvarna Viking sewing machine, that, when it was new over 20 years ago, was their top of the line model. Looking at the website I linked to there makes me think that my machine looks like a Model T compared to what they have now.
I used to sew. A lot. I made designer creations from Vogue patterns. Back when I was a young thang and just starting a career I’d make a suit in a weekend, complete with lining. Those days are gone forever. I know it’s been, well, at least 12 years since I’ve sewn any clothing, because I’ve lived in my condo for just over 12 years, and the sewing machine has not been used for anything other than steek-sewing or repairs since I’ve lived here. I sort of feel sorry for my sewing machine — it deserves so much more attention that it has gotten for the past 12 years.
Hmmmmmm . . . I seem to have digressed a bit.
I’ve purchased some material to use as a lining.
I’ve purchased some very stiff interfacing to give my bag some shape. And I’ve purchased bamboo handles and hardware.
I’ve got purse feet on order. I’ll not order a zipper until after I felt the bag, because I won’t know exactly how big the opening will end up being until after I’ve felted.
As you can see, I’m going to do my best to turn this into a well-structured, usable bag. We’ll see how I do. Full disclosure, as per usual.
“Have a good weekend. Chill!”