Saturday, February 14, 2009

New Needles and New Yarn!

At Christmastime, my very loving hubby & children had gifted me with some money that was specifically designated for knitting items! How wonderful & thoughtful of them! I should have been able to decide right away what to get, but I just couldn't make up my mind, so I took my time deciding.

I usually order my sock yarn on-line & I usually get my other yarns at a LYS or craft store. I usually use Knit Picks circular knitting needles for my sock knitting, because I prefer using 2-cirs for socks. I just couldn't make up my mind what to do. My hubby suggested that if I had placed an order with Knit Picks to be sure to order enough to qualify for the free shipping. Well, I already have the Knit Picks Nickle Plated Options set & I love them! However, I couldn't think of other needles that I wanted that badly and when it comes to buying yarn....I'm a very touchy-feely kind of person. I need to touch and feel the yarn that I'm going to be working with. I've ordered some yarns online before and have been sorely disappointed.

As I have previously posted, I have been knitting the Tidal Wave Socks, but one day this happened......


This is not supposed to happen. The needle had become completely undone from the cable. Fortunately no stitches had been sacrificed in this incident. I pushed the needle back onto the cable, but now there's a slight bur for the knitting to catch on. This is completely unacceptable. I had this happen to 2 of my other fixed circular needles from Knit Picks, but I thought it was a quirk, so I didn't bother to contact the company about it. But, I was reluctant to buy some more needles from KP's even if their needles are reasonably priced.

Now....to the good part pf this post. I was visiting with my Mom yesterday and she literally lives down the street from a LYS, so, I paid I visit. I showed the lady in the store what happened to my Knit Picks & I asked her to show me the new Addi Turbos with the blue cables. She was more than happy to comply. I got 2 pair of the new Addi's in US size 2 with blue cables, so I could finish the Tidal Wave Socks, & I got 2 pair of Addi's in US size 1 needles in the original gold cables, because they were all sold out of them in the blue cables in size 1's. I already have the Addi's in US size 3- gold cables.


And, of course, I just couldn't visit a LYS and buy just new needles without new yarn to go with them, couldn't I? I think not, LOL! I got some Opal yarn called Mississippi.


It was late last night, so I haven't had much of a chance to work with the blue-cabled Addi's, but they're real nice and a pleasure to knit with. The blue cable is not as soft and as pliable as the purple cables on the Knit Picks, but it's something I can live with. The blue cable seem to be a tiny bit softer than the original gold-colored Addi's. The tips on the Addi's are not as sharp as the tips on the KP needles, however, the tips on the blue cable ones are not quite as tapered as the tips on the gold cabled needles. Again, this is something I can live with. The lady at my mom's LYS told me that as long as I keep the packing from the Addi's, they will replace them free of charge if they should become defective.

I've used Opal yarn before and I love it! I made my very first pair of socks from it, so I have a soft spot for it. It is a little more pricey than some other sock yarn, but it's so nice! Now....I just have to find the perfect pattern for it.

The final say on the the new blue Addi's & the new yarn.....I am very happy & content & last night as I was knitting, I experienced the same kind of euphoria that I had experienced as a kid with a brand new box of crayons.

New Needles and New Yarn!

At Christmastime, my very loving hubby & children had gifted me with some money that was specifically designated for knitting items! How wonderful & thoughtful of them! I should have been able to decide right away what to get, but I just couldn't make up my mind, so I took my time deciding.

I usually order my sock yarn on-line & I usually get my other yarns at a LYS or craft store. I usually use Knit Picks circular knitting needles for my sock knitting, because I prefer using 2-cirs for socks. I just couldn't make up my mind what to do. My hubby suggested that if I had placed an order with Knit Picks to be sure to order enough to qualify for the free shipping. Well, I already have the Knit Picks Nickle Plated Options set & I love them! However, I couldn't think of other needles that I wanted that badly and when it comes to buying yarn....I'm a very touchy-feely kind of person. I need to touch and feel the yarn that I'm going to be working with. I've ordered some yarns online before and have been sorely disappointed.

As I have previously posted, I have been knitting the Tidal Wave Socks, but one day this happened......


This is not supposed to happen. The needle had become completely undone from the cable. Fortunately no stitches had been sacrificed in this incident. I pushed the needle back onto the cable, but now there's a slight bur for the knitting to catch on. This is completely unacceptable. I had this happen to 2 of my other fixed circular needles from Knit Picks, but I thought it was a quirk, so I didn't bother to contact the company about it. But, I was reluctant to buy some more needles fromKP's even if their needles are reasonably priced.

Now....to the good part pf this post. I was visiting with my Mom yesterday and she literally lives down the street from a LYS, so, I paid I visit. I showed the lady in the store what happened to my Knit Picks & I asked her to show me the new Addi Turbos with the blue cables. She was more than happy to comply. I got 2 pair of the new Addi's in US size 2 with blue cables, so I could finish the Tidal Wave Socks, & I got 2 pair of Addi's in US size 1 needles in the original gold cables, because they were all sold out of them in the blue cables in size 1's. I already have the Addi's in US size 3- gold cables.


And, of course, I just couldn't visit a LYS and buy just new needles without new yarn to go with them, couldn't I? I think not, LOL! I got some Opal yarn called Mississippi.


It was late last night, so I haven't had much of a chance to work with the blue-cabled Addi's, but they're real nice and a pleasure to knit with. The blue cable is not as soft and aspliable as the purple cables on the Knit Picks, but it's something I can live with. The blue cable seem to be a tiny bit softer than the original gold-colored Addi's. The tips on the Addi's are not as sharp as the tips on the KP needles, however, the tips on the blue cable ones are not quite as tapered as the tips on the gold cabled needles. Again, this is something I can live with. The lady at my mom'sLYS told me that as long as I keep the packing from the Addi's, they will replace them free of charge if they should become defective.

I've used Opal yarn before and I love it! I made my very first pair of socks from it, so I have a soft spot for it. It is a little more pricey than some other sock yarn, but it's so nice! Now....I just have to find the perfect pattern for it.

The final say on the the new blue Addi's & the new yarn.....I am very happy & content & last night as I was knitting, I experienced the same kind of euphoria that I had experienced as a kid with a brand new box of crayons.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New Project-Summit Hill Afghan

I decided to take a little break from the Tidal Wave Socks. I don't know why I do this, I go like gang-busters with a new project, then I slow down and sometimes move onto something new and different.

Awhile ago I had been gifted a large amount of worsted weight yarn and like money that burns a hole in one's pocket, this yarn had been just awaiting to get on some knitting needles.

It seems that I didn't finish a baby blanket all that long long and I had to start another blanket or afghan. I've been wanting to knit this one for a long time. It's called the Summit Hill Afghan, Designed Exclusively for Kraemer Yarns. I just needed to find the proper receipt, because we already have so many afghans in our home. Well, I have someone special in mind, which I'll explain in a future post.

There are 4 designs in this afghan, a tree, a heart, a flower and a house. There are charts for each design. I have never been one for chart-reading, so I tediously wrote out the patterns for each chart, but that was proving to be even more tedious and it was causing quite a lag in my knitting speed flip flopping through several sheets of papers or index cards to read & mark off rows. Then inspiration hit! I used my card software to create a layout for the afghan.


I guess I'm a little geeky after all! Either that or I have too much time on my hands. LOL! After reading Christine G's the real life home blog, I really became inspired! Christine took a sock pattern that was all charted and translated it into a text version, then she showed how she used a binder ring and cards to keep track of her rows. Well, I decided to do the opposite. I printed out the graphs for the afghan on separate pieces of paper, then I taped them to individual cards and put them on a binder ring that I had kicking around in a junk drawer. (Doesn't every home have one or more of these?)


This is working out so well and I'm making a lot of progress.


I'll probably work on this for a few days, then go back to my socks. I just love knitting! Thanks Mom for teaching me to knit. And...thanks Christine for the inspiration!

New Project-Summit Hill Afghan

I decided to take a little break from the Tidal Wave Socks. I don't know why I do this, I go like gang-busters with a new project, then I slow down and sometimes move onto something new and different.

Awhile ago I had been gifted a large amount of worsted weight yarn and like money that burns a hole in one's pocket, this yarn had been just awaiting to get on some knitting needles.

It seems that I didn't finish a baby blanket all that long long and I had to start another blanket or afghan. I've been wanting to knit this one for a long time. It's called the Summit Hill Afghan, Designed Exclusively for Kraemer Yarns. I just needed to find the proper receipt, because we already have so many afghans in our home. Well, I have someone special in mind, which I'll explain in a future post.

There are 4 designs in this afghan, a tree, a heart, a flower and a house. There are charts for each design. I have never been one for chart-reading, so I tediously wrote out the patterns for each chart, but that was proving to be even more tedious and it was causing quite a lag in my knitting speed flip flopping through several sheets of papers or index cards to read & mark off rows. Then inspiration hit! I used my card software to create a layout for the afghan.


I guess I'm a little geeky after all! Either that or I have too much time on my hands. LOL! After reading Christine G's the real life home blog, I really became inspired! Christine took a sock pattern that was all charted and translated it into a text version, then she showed how she used a binder ring and cards to keep track of her rows. Well, I decided to do the opposite. I printed out the graphs for the afghan on separate pieces of paper, then I taped them to individual cards and put them on a binder ring that I had kicking around in a junk drawer. (Doesn't every home have one or more of these?)


This is working out so well and I'm making a lot of progress.


I'll probably work on this for a few days, then go back to my socks. I just love knitting! Thanks Mom for teaching me to knit. And...thanks Christine for the inspiration!

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