I managed to get it together amongst the Zombie Jesus Easter craziness to write a Year of Projects Post. I haven't touched the Maile Cardigan in weeks since getting taken over by the beachy raglan.
Finally got finished with the raglany stuff and now working on the body towards the waist shaping. I'm a little concerned because my boobs take up so much sweater real estate that I might need to lower the waist shaping by an extra five rows. I won't know for sure unless I put the sweater on waste yarn and try the darned thing on which sounds like a lot of work, but not nearly as much work as having to reknit a sweater. When we get to round twenty of the body I'm going to have to try it on.
The Dahlia Sweater is still in endless stockinette purgatory.
I've done another garter stitch section on the textured shawl, which is my portable take-anywhere project... until I have to figure out what I have to do in the next increase row... then it sits stuck until I find that issue of knit.wear again.
Mitered Block Blanket (100% done.)
Hannah Hat #2 100% done
Christmas Socks #2 (100% done)
Pepperberry Knits Hat (100% done)
Holden Shawlette (100% done)
Christmas Socks #1 (100% done)
What's new with your knitting?
Curveballs keep being thrown. I'm starting to wonder what the hell is hanging over us. Last minute interview cancellations. Perfect positions suddenly unavailable. I wish I could make sense of it. With any luck this new setback will only leave me feeling thrown for an hour before I embrace the uncertainty and reassert my confidence that there will be a paying job at the end of this path, or perhaps a published book. That's how we're coping. Trying to fill our spare hours with writing.
If stitches were dollars I'd be rich. Raglan sweaters are well designed for the motivated knitter. I knit fast to get myself to the next increase row. I'm almost done with the increases. Soon I'll be placing the sweater stitches onto waste yarn and plugging away at the rest of the body. It's lots of stockinette, which I've been avoiding in the Dahlia Cardigan and part of the reason this whole Beachy Raglan thing came into existence.
If you can spare some positive thoughts please send them our way.
Casting on that little green project yesterday had an unintended side effect: startitis. I got swept in by the fantasy of knitting. The notion of the soft cotton passing through my fingers growing into a summer pullover that I would wear on a cool Californian beach, the children running safely along the waves, a calm breeze and my barefeet in wet sand.
A very welcome distraction indeed.
Welcome to the latest installment of Knit Luck's Interchangeable Knitting Needle Guide. We buy interchangeable knitting needle sets and test them out to help you decide which interchangeable knitting needle set is the best for you. You can click here to read our previous reviews including the Addi Clicks, Knit Picks, Knitter's Pride and even Lantern Moon. In this edition we're sampling the Knitter's Pride Bamboo Interchangeable Knitting Needles and comparing them alongside other bamboo interchangeable offerings such as the Addi Click Bamboo and the Takumi Bamboo.
Out of all the available knitting needle materials I have always been the most partial to bamboo. Bamboo is lightweight and smooth, but with more traction than metal needles and warm hand feel. I find bamboo to be softer than wooden needles and easier on my hands and wrists when I knit.
One of the downsides of bamboo is that it can splinter with frequent use, or even if the needles weren't properly inspected you can get a splintered bamboo needle straight out the package and have to return it. Also bamboo doesn't seem to be able to get the sharpest needle points. Look at the three Knitters Pride needle points above. There's the Karbonz, Bamboo and the Metal Kubix. Look carefully at the points and you'll see that the bamboo is the dullest of the three. If you're looking to do precision cobweb lace a metal needle is a much better bet. However I've found the charms of bamboo needles to outweigh the downsides and have used them the most in my ten years as a knitter.
This comparison focuses on the offerings of each interchangeable knitting needle set; the quantities of needle sizes, cables, and cases.
The Knitters Pride Bamboo Interchangeable Set is the least expensive set out of the three, but this lower price represents a smaller quantity of cables and a simpler cable join. Knitters pride is the only bamboo interchangeable set that features a 2.5 US size needle -Addi click and Takumi only go down to 3 US.
While Addi Click Bamboo needles have the best quality along with a specially machined join, you only get 8 different needle sizes, which when you're spending nearly $200 is a little bit of a downer, but the carrying case is sleek and cute.
The Takumi Bamboo Knitting Needles include 12 different needle sizes, which is the largest amount of needle tips for any single interchangeable knitting set, bamboo or not. This set also includes 5 different cable lengths allowing for the greatest number of combinations available for nearly any knitting project -even 16" lengths, which usually are not included in most sets.
You can see here that I cast on the Maile Cardigan with the Knitter's Pride Bamboo in this post. Usually I use the Flower washcloth with Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille to test out interchangeables, but the needle size I had required a project with a much smaller gauge, so I picked an MCN from Plucky Knitter. Why MCN? The merino cashmere and nylon is so soft that it is very easy for the yarn to catch on to uneven surfaces interrupting your knitting flow. For me, the best way to test out the knitters pride bamboo was to use a very soft yarn in a small gauge. This would make any needle imperfections quite obvious.
Lucky for me the Knitters Pride Bamboo Interchangeable Knitting Needles had no perceivable flaws. The yarn passed smoothly through all of the joins across the cable and past the needle. There were no nicks in the bamboo for the yarn to catch on and all of the metal and cable connections were completely smooth making for an enjoyable knitting experience. My knitting flow was uninterrupted from cast on to lace work to simple stockinette and garter stitch.
The needle points were rather pointy for bamboo. If super sharp knitting needle points are important to you, I would avoid bamboo. I've found that wood or metal is much preferable in terms of providing a sharp knitting needle point. That said, not everyone likes their knitting needles to be so sharp that they poke you and the points on the knitters pride bamboo are some of the sharpest I've found on bamboo needles. I had no problem inserting these bamboo knitting needles into small fingering gauge stitches -and no problems knitting multiple yarn over matched decreases in lace.
The cables, like all Knitters Pride interchangeable cables were flexible and easy to attach to the needle tips with the little key included with the set. These cables are much more manageable than the Denise or even the Lantern Moon luxury interchangeable knitting needle cables.
The Knitters Pride Bamboo Interchangeable Knitting Needles are some of the most affordable in the market and the quality makes purchasing them worthwhile. They may not have the highly engineered Addi Click connection, and may not have quantity of needle tips as the Takumi Clover Bamboo Interchangeable Knitting Needles, but if you're looking for an affordable set of bamboo interchangeable knitting needles you will be pleased with the Knitters Pride Bamboo Interchangeable Knitting Needles -especially if you're looking for a needle size smaller than a US size 3.