Because Monday was a federal holiday here in the U.S., I had extra knitting time. Therefore, I present to you Lucy’s Mini Cornerstone Blanket.
An afternoon of British drama on DVD was all I needed to finish it up. Lucy approached it:
She tried it out.
She has given it her seal of approval.
She has slept on it for the past two nights. It helps, of course, that I have put it on my bed.
This was knit from Noro Kureyon in colorways 321 and 211 — around 4 skeins of each. I used a U.S. size 7 needle. The resulting blanket is around 32″ across.
A little while back, DyakCraft contacted me to offer me a set of their new Heavy Metal needle set. This is a set of interchangeable needles in 6 sizes: US 0/2.00 mm, US 1/2.25 mm, US 1.5/2.50 mm, US 2/2.75 mm, US 2.5/3.00 mm, US 3/3.25 mm). The set comes with three cables – 16 inch, 21 inch and 39 inch, and a pretty needle roll.
The set comes in either a 5″ or a 3.5″ needle length. I like shorter needles so requested the 3.5″ length.
They come in a pretty needle wrap.
When I got the set, I immediately took the 2mm needle tips and attached then to a cord. I am very impressed by the join created — when I run my finger over it I cannot feel the join.
The tips are nicely pointy, but not so sharp that you’d impale yourself on them.
I took out the 3.25mm tips, and attached them to a cable. I cast on some stitches and gave ’em a test run.
Nice needles! I knit a swatch with a loosely-spun single-ply sportweight yarn and loved the way the needles performed. I could knit without looking at the stitches and did not split a single stitch, even with the loosely plied yarn I was using.
The surface of the needles have an interesting feel. They have a tiny bit of texture so they have some “grab” like wooden needles. This will make them excellent for colorwork, where I like to be able to spread my stitches out to properly tension working with two colors. This is also nice for knitters who don’t like metal needles because they feel too slippery. I don’t think you need to worry too much about stitches flying off these needles due to a slick surface. Still, they were fast enough to work with to keep me happy, and I am a fairly fast knitter.
All in all, these needles get two thumbs up! Awesome joins, nice tips, a really great range of small sizes, and a needle surface texture that is very pleasing and easy to knit with. If I had to complain about anything, my only wish is that the cables were a little bit “floppier” — they are a little stiffer than I like. But they very well may relax with use. I may give them a once-over with my hairdryer to see if that will relax them a bit.
According to the DyakCraft website, extra needle tips and cords will soon be available. I can see myself ordering extras so I can, for example, knit a sock on two circulars.
Bravo, Dyak Craft!