In the comments last night Roseann asked:
How do you like the Skacel bamboo needles? My Clover ones are quite warped and I am reluctant to invest in new ones.
(By the way, Roseann, an awesome spinner and knitter I know in real life, is a new blogger. Check out her blog and give her some bloggie love.
Anyhow, back to the question.
I love my Skacel bamboos, and have used this set for a number of pairs of socks. While they are slightly warped, it’s not bad at all.
Interesting color variation in the needles, eh?
My Colonial Rosewoods, which have gotten as much use as this set of bamboos, are also pretty good about not warping too badly.
The worst warping I’ve experienced thus far in dpns is with Brittany Birch needles. Your mileage may vary!
I do grip my needles pretty tightly when I knit socks, mainly because I knit them on the train, and I don’t want to accidentally drop a needle. I think having to get down on one’s hands and knees on the floor of a train to search for an errant needle whilst clad in business attire is somewhat inelegant. Just sayin’.
I did finish the first blue/purple potluck sock.
And started the second one.
And I am still plugging away on the Fir Cone Wrap.
This past weekend I worked up a gauge swatch and design for something I’ve been really wanting, in a yarn I’ve had since last November and I am really really looking forward to starting on it. (Really.) It’s taking all my willpower to not chuck the Fir Cone Wrap to one side and dive right in. I can well understand why so many of you have so many works in progress. It’s soooooo tempting . . .
Speaking of works in progress, remember the brown striped bag I felted a little while back? I’ve not done the finishing on that yet because I decided I wanted a brown lining instead of pink in it. I’ll save the pink silk for something else. I ordered some chocolate brown dupioni silk yesterday, so when that arrives, finishing can commence.
The Cros pictured yesterday are actually black — I did note that the color in the photo was a bit off.
I find them extremely comfortable, and that’s saying a lot for me. They do not give me blisters when I wear them barefoot. This is a first for me. They are supposed to fit loosely, so there’s plenty of room for handknit socks, should you care to wear them. I was a bit skeptical til I wore mine for a weekend. Now I’m a convert. They only come in whole sizes and I wear a half size, so I ordered up a half a size. They are wonderful. Not exactly haute couture, but I’m more interested in not screaming in pain with every step I take, ya know?
I remember when I was in college and at my summer job (hi Alice!) one of the middle-aged women who worked in the office (who wore Mushrooms) would look at my extremely high-heeled shoes and say “You just wait til you’re my age.” Mrs. Ashwell, now I know what you were talking about.
P.S. to Rufus, Ruby, and Rosemary
Please do not give Lucy any tips on Googling or I will have to change my computer log-in to one she does not know.
Here she is checking the program guide for Turner Classic Movies.
She doesn’t seem to realize that she’s looking at Friday’s page. Silly kitty.