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February 13, 2007

Knitting Fiasco

Two weekends ago I started a new pair of socks with the technique I had been dying to try: two-at-a-time, toe-up, on two circular needles. I used Judy's Magic Cast-on, which really is magic. After doing it twice, I had the hang of it and my socks were begun. The problem, however, was finding the right needles. I wanted two 16-inch size 1 circular needles, and I wanted them to be different from one another, so that I could tell which was which. I first went to Flying Sheep, whose needle supply was sorely depleted. There was only one 16-inch size 1 circular needle in the whole store, and it was a $13 Addi Turbo. Not quite ready for such a major investment, I moved on to Busy Hands, where I found my two needles: one plastic and one wood. In my previous knitting experience, wooden needles had always been superior to plastic, so I wasn't prepared for what happened. Reader, the wooden needle simply sucked, and I don't use that word lightly. I just couldn't get the stitches over the join, and I spent more time wrestling with it than I actually did knitting. In comparison, the plastic needle was like butter. I started the socks on Friday night two weeks ago and, by last Wednesday, I was totally fed up. On Thursday I went back to Flying Sheep and plunked down $13 for the Addi Turbo, and it turned out that I had given up on the wooden needle just in time: as I transferred the stitches from that needle to the Addi Turbo, the wooden needle snapped, which it would have done on the next row I tried to knit anyway. After much cursing, I got the stitches onto the new needle and breathed a sigh of relief. The Addi Turbo knits like a dream. Definitely worth $13. Perhaps I'll get another one for my next pair of socks so I can knit on two Addi Turbos! But then how will I know which needle is which?

Posted by eklanche at February 13, 2007 07:39 AM


Emily, I love my Addi Turbo needles. Yes, there are pricy, but well worth the ease they provide.

Posted by: plbrown at February 13, 2007 09:14 AM

I love my Addi Turbos, too. And Liz at Flying Sheep has persuaded me to use two of the same needles when knitting with two circs. You are always welcome to borrow needles from me, too - I have more than a lifetime supply.

Posted by: esik at February 13, 2007 10:17 AM

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