My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Kitty Approved

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.

Nice Needles!

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!




  1. So earthy and beautiful, love the texture

  2. I didn’t realize that anyone offered interchangeables in such small sizes. Thanks for the heads-up on that. I’m off to acquire even more needles…

  3. Glad to see that Lucy appreciates the blanket as much as we humans do.

    I am very tempted by the DyakCraft needles. Thanks for the thorough review.
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  4. Lynne in Florida says:

    I’m so glad Lucy likes her new blankie. I suspect my baby would take one sniff, then go back to sleeping in the litter he’s scooped out of the box under the bathroom sink. Except, of course, when he’s sleeping IN the bathroom sink.

    Those needles look soooo yummy! I checked out the website you so kindly linked, sighed, and thought “maybe someday” after I saw the price tag. Not saying they’re not worth it, mind you – just that my budget says “oh, no you don’t”, especially since I am looking at a huge dentist’s bill after the events of this past weekend.

  5. So pretty!
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  6. Susan murphy says:

    Very sweet blanket!!!!!

  7. Great blanket for Lucy. Never thought of the hair dryer. I’m going to try that on a set of interchangeable needles I have. Thanks for the idea.

  8. Try the boiling water method to relax the cord. I used it with marvelous results with my addi’s.

  9. I have the 3.5 ” and the 5″ Dyakcraft Heavy Metal needles, they perfect for socks and colourwork! And really if you average the cost per needle, they are way less than signature and or par with addis, just so versatile with the in the interchangeable cables.

  10. Natalie Doyle-Hennin says:

    Lucky Lucy! Beautiful blanket, Wendy. I loved the original as well.

    Nice needles, too.

  11. I am going to have to try these. Interchangeable in sock sizes sound great!
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  12. haha, the LUCY SEAL OF APPROVAL! Even better than Good Housekeeping! she looks very comfortable and i am sure she is happy to have a matching blankie! I find a stiff cord on interchangeable needs can be really hard on the hands and wrists. Please let us know if you were able to get them to “loosen up.” Thanks!

  13. Stardancer says:

    I have a set of the Dyak Craft wooden interchangeables. Except for the cords, I LOVE them. The needles are like art to look at. I do agree about the cords, though; I haven’t decided if I’m willing to dip them in boiling water but I probably will.

  14. I just bookmarked the Dyak Craft website. I have never heard of them before. I’ll have to try those needles sometime.

    The blanket is adorable. And your teddy bear on the bed looks like he’s lumbering away from the camera.

  15. So…how’s Teddy? We haven’t seen him in a while.

  16. Love Lucy’s blanket! The colors suit her and your room as well;O))

  17. looks wonderful! I love the blanket Lucy and it makes me laugh because your cat like it so much. 🙂
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  18. Does Lucy realize just how lucky she is?

    To get my guy to sleep on such a blanket, I’d probably have to spend a week taking him off of it at every possible turn. Then it would be impossible to keep him off.

  19. You might want to update your copyright date – for some reason, it caught my eye at the end of the “Kitty Approved” post – Copyright © 2011
    ref Kitty’s new blanket – you do beautiful work, as always

  20. The kitty blanket looks lovely. My cats also prefer to sleep on handknits, right now Moo is on an cabled afghan, and Minnie is on a crocheted afghan. The needles look wonderful and I would love to get two sets for socks as I really lean on my needles and they are all bent, but they are a bit pricey right now.

  21. I love the idea of circulars in such small sizes, because I rarely use anything over a 5. Of course, I mostly use dpns for my socks, so that part might be a moot point. Nice review!
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  22. Just as you described, I’m one of those knitters who avoids metal needles because they seem too slippery. The DyakCraft interchangeables sound intriguing, thanks for the useful and thorough discussion.
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  23. I love this mitered sqs even better than the last series…