Yup! I’ve broken the 15 pound barrier. Next is passing the weight I was when Lou and I got married 11 years ago. I don’t think I’ve been below that since before we were married.
So here are the pictures I promised yesterday. Oh, before I start that, thank you for all of your well wishes while hiding your giggles behind your hand. I especially appreciate Marie’s helpful advice to attach a key to the dog’s leash. I will be taking care of that this week.
Alrighty, here is the second sock of the never ending broadripple pair. As you can see the heal has been conquered and it’s all down hill from here.
Now for my next topic. I need to get some needles for the shop. Here are the things I’m thinking and I would appreciate your input.
First Fiddlesticks Needles. These are bamboo and if you can’t see it in the craptastic picture the cord is attached right to the wood with no metal.
These circulars do come in sizes all the way down to size 1 (2.25 mm) but from size 0 to 4 they are only in the 16 inch length.
Retail price of these needles is about $7 to $8 and the double points are about the same cost.
They feel good and are very smooth to the touch. they also have the size in American and mm very clearly stamped on them. I’m concerned about the cord because it seems to be a hollow tube that could get a kink in it where your yarn could get caught.
Remember I am thinking about these from the point of view of a lace knitter as that is the customer I am trying to serve.
Next are the KA needles. These seem to be based on the Crystal Palace needles and, from what I understand, the main difference is that the bamboo is just not aged as long. These are also very smooth and the join is exactly like my Crystal Palace needles. The size is not as prominently displayed ad the Fiddlesticks. The price is about the same. These are available in 16 and 24 inch all the way down to size 0 (2.0 mm).
And finally, Lantern Moon Destiny Circulars. I LOVE Ebony and Rosewood needles. I have a lot of Suzannes in both ebony and rosewood. LOVE. I have rosewood Holz & Stein. LOVE. So I really want to get these. BUT they don’t come in any sizes, in circular, smaller than a 4. And the price is $24.00 per set.
Now here’s what I’m thinking. I get either the Fiddlesticks or KA in circulars and I get the Lantern Moon double points.
Please let me know about your favorite needles and why they are your favorite. Lace knitters, I am especially interested in your input.