Either you guys have very sharp eyes, or I gave too many hints, or both. Because a whole lotta you got all the needles right. Here’s the picture from the last blog entry, with the needles identified:
Some of you were flummoxed by the Regia needles. I took a quick web surf to see if they are still available. Apparently so, because The Knitter has them available in two sizes. But that was the only retail source I could find, so perhaps that’s what remains of old stock. Does anyone know?
I’ve never actually used my Regia needles, because they are far longer than I like for socks — they are 20cm (8″) long. My favorite needles for knitting socks are the Colonial rosewoods (for lighter colored sock yarn) and Skacel bamboo (for darker colored sock yarn).
Anyhow, I drew a name at random to award a prize, and the winner is: Diane McC. Diane I’ve emailed you — I need your snail mail address to send you your prize.
Thanks to everyone who emailed me an entry!
More needle talk . . .
Do you detect any difference between Inox needles and Addi’s? I’ve accumulated a full set of Inox over the years (straights and circulars), but no Addi’s. And I see that you and many other bloggers use the Addi’s. What is the reason for your preference?
I also have English Millward’s in the old English sizes and some of the metric sizes that don’t have U.S. equivalents. Have you ever used them? They seem like Inox needles to me. (Many of these were purchased in the days when only Boye needles were available in the U.S.! Those were really dreadful.)
I’ve got two different kinds of Inox circulars — one is shiny metal and one is matte. I don’t like the shiny Inox needles — the cord is very stiff.
I don’t think I’ve ever used the Milward’s needles, but I have heard of them. I have a set of straight Aero needles that I bought in the U.K. in the 1980s — like your Milward’s, they are all marked with mm sizes and some don’t have U.S. equivalents. I used those exclusively til I switched to using ciruculars for everything.
That was the time when I first discovered Addi Turbos. They were advertised as being “fast” needles, so that’s why I bought them (being an impatient sort). I used those exclusively for years. It wasn’t until I discovered the internet and other knitters that it occurred to me that there were different needles that were good for different things. Duh. So I’ve branched out and use what seems right for the task — pointy needles for lace, wooden needles for colorwork, etc.
What about you all? If you are so inclined, leave your needle musings in the comments!
Chip ‘n for Dale
I found out about this extremely worthy cause a couple of days ago:
On June 23, 2006 , Orlando area resident, knitter and spinner, Dale Jarrett, left for Houston , Texas to undergo a bone marrow transplant. Read about her journey here! (http://www.jarrett.ws/dale/)
In an effort to help Dale with the expenses she will incur, we, as members of the Orlando Area Knitters and Spinners, have started a fundraiser. Beginning July 3, 2006 through August 2, 2006 , a knitting or spinning related prize will be offered on our blog: http://chip-n–for-dale.blogspot.com/. The day after the fundraiser closes, those who have made a donation will be eligible to win those daily prizes. For every $5 (US) donated, you will be eligible for one chance at terrific prizes! The first name drawn will receive the prize from Day 1, etc. Please check the blog daily for a picture and description of the prize offered and to check the daily tally!
When Dale is released from the hospital, a gift basket chock full of socks, hats and slippers knit with prayers and good wishes from the Orlando Area Knitters and Spinners, along with the Pay Pal check card, will be sent to her in Houston.
The knitting community is a giving one; a perk of their generosity, is the prizes.
Jackie & Janette
All I can say is that if I was ever to move to the Orlando area, I’d want to hang out with the Orlando Area Knitters and Spinners — what a caring group of friends they are.
If you would like to donate, there is a paypal button on the Chip-n–for-Dale blog. And I have it on very good authority that the grand prize that will be offered is wicked cool.
Noni Bag Update
I finished knitting my bag on Saturday — here it is in its pre-felted state:
It’s 27 inches long. I like how the end looks:
Post-felting photos tomorrow! Try to contain your excitement!