Posts tagged ‘needle’

Bunny

Here’s my latest. I knit him using the Well Dressed Bunny pattern. I was going to make the little clothes for him, but my son wanted him just the way he is.

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Basic Doll

Finished knitting the Basic Doll pattern from the book Toys To Knit. I like how she turned out. I think she looks a little like those creatures from the movie Dark Crystal.

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Monsters

I just finished the monsters for my little cousin. I hope he likes them. I haven’t made him anything since he’s been born and I thought it was about time I did something to fix that. :-Image)Image

Denise

Anyone who knows me knows I love, love, love my Knit Picks nickle plated needles. I love the pointy tips (awesome for k2tog), the smoothness of the nickle (yarn just glides across them), and the thin flexible cords (makes magic loop easy peasy). Here’s my problem….. I have rheumatoid arthritis, and knitting last winter with my pretty nickle needles became VERY unpleasant. When I would hold my metal needles the cold would seep into my joints and just plain hurt. What I ended up doing so that I could actually stand to knit was to buy a couple of birch wood needles and a bamboo sock needle. They took care of my cold needle issue until the weather got warmer, but money is tight, winter is coming again, and I can’t afford to buy all the different size needles I need in bamboo or wood. I don’t mind buying a couple here or there in sizes I use a lot, but an entire set is just out of my price range right now. Sooo….. With that in mind I decided on buying a Denise Kit. They are much more affordable than buying a similar set in wood and to make it even MORE affordable, I bought a seconds kit. (that just means I got 20% off because the little box they come in has some sort of defect. The needles themselves have nothing wrong with them) They are made of resin which is not supposed to be as grabby with the yarn the way it is with many types of plastic or acrylic needles. (I like my yarn and needles to play nicely with each other) Here are also two other big selling points for me. 1.) Denise needles are made in the USA. 2.) They have a life time guarantee. I ordered them last night and will post what I think about them when they get here.

Sock Knitting Methods

I thought I had learned all the different ways to knit socks. I know how to knit them on two single point needles, I have knit them on sock looms, using four double pointed needles, using five double pointed needles, using a single 32″ circular needle (aka magic loop) and using two 16″ circular needles. I thought that was it. I thought I had hit a wall and there were no more options left, but a few days ago, I was happy to discover I was WRONG. Yea!

Apparently there are a few companies who make 9″ circular needles. I didn’t even realize there was such a tiny creature as a 9″ circ! This is exciting! Why is the prospect of knitting with a 9″ so exciting to me? Well because I LOVE all those pretty lacy sock patterns, but I find them extremely difficult on anything but my sock loom and I have a hard time finding fancy sock patterns with the right number of stitches for my loom. You see with all the other methods there are what we knitters like to call “joins”. Where one section of knitting “joins” to the next to make a continuous spiral to make a tube instead of a flat panel that would have to be sewn together afterwards. If you are knitting socks using 4 DPN’s there are three joins, 5 DPN’s four joins, magic loop=two joins, and two circs two joins as well, BUT being able to use only one 9″ circular….. NO JOINS!

Here’s a video demonstration I found on youtube.