Needled

See that really pretty Confederate Blue cable and those stainless tips?  Sigh.  Those are my new favorite needles.  Susan Bates Velocity.   Ubber flexible cord, and nice, nickle-plated points.  Not too sharp, not too dull.  The drawbacks are that I can’t find them locally (this one was purchased in a Michael’s about 40 miles from here last week) and the smallest size is this #6.  The cord only comes in a strange, 29″ length, but I can overlook that.  It Magic Loops well enough for at hat, and if it doesn’t come smaller than that, it’s no sock needle.

KnitPicks would be in trouble, if not for their stellar customer service.  Last night, while glaring at the topless cable, I emailed them.  I couldn’t find my receipt, couldn’t find the order online (but knew I’d just replaced my 40″ cable in December or January because Sissy ate the original).  I didn’t have much hope, but I felt better for trying. 

Imagine my surprise when this morning, before it was even really dawn on the west coast, KnitPicks had replied and there’s another cable on its way to me!

Good thing, because I wouldn’t be able to stay mad long.   Somewhere on Ravelry, I found a link that took me to a place I can’t find again, but there are some HOT Harmony Straights to be available sometime in August!  I want to order one of each and every single size.  (Who am I kidding?!  I will likely do just that.)

I do still have the HiyaHiyas to try, but socks are on hold for the season of chemo caps.  I’m quite certain they will be my sock needles of choice, as I’ve handled them before.

I still need a good bamboo straight.  I like a  rather sharp point, as lace has become a way of life for me.  I like my Bryspuns, but sometimes they’re too slick too.  I want a pretty (read: not looking and feeling like a compressed manila folder) bamboo needle with a nice point, in a 10″ or so length.  Any suggestions?  We’re talking sizes #3-11 here, and the kicker is I want nice points on the larger sizes too. 

I have an operational plan and a board report to do, but they can wait.  Sissy’s obedience class starts in about three hours.  The Knight doesn’t think he’ll be able to be there because he’s still tied up on a job site.  Argh!  I want him to hear what the trainer says too, so we can both be consistent with Sissy, assuming we’re allowed to go back again.

This week is flying by!

13 comments on “Needled

  1. Nichole says:

    YES _ the “originial” pretty needles (before Knit Picks copied their design, lol) –
    http://www.graftonfibers.com/needles.htm

  2. AlisonH says:

    I bought a pair of the graftons, and they are the closest thing to my much-loved and irreplaceable (unless I, maybe, fly to Germany) Holz and Steins that I have ever found.

  3. gaylen says:

    Hmm – have you ever considered making your own? I put together a make your own needle kit for my friend’s daughters a couple of years ago. Dowels, little wooden bits for the ends and a sharpener. You could have any size, any tip you wanted and you can put knobs or whatever you can find at the ends.

    I love me some Addi. Glad to know that Knit Picks is that good. I snapped a wee little needle last week. g

  4. Amy T says:

    Those needles are beautiful! I’ll have to see if the Michaels here carries them. I’ll let you know.

    I’m so partial to Addis at this point it’s not funny. I love them … but the price is the killer.

    Hope Sissy’s class goes well. I wish they had obedince (sp) for cats!!!

  5. Bubblesknits says:

    Hmm…Gaylen has a neat idea. That might be something fun to try one weekend. 😉

  6. Anita says:

    You MUST let me know how the class went!! Did you guys get kicked out? SNOL

    YEAH! I’m so glad that your cord is being replaced! I’ll have to do some research on the straights…. 🙂

  7. Amanda says:

    I am on the same mission for bamboo needles as you. must – have- a – sharp(ish) – point! Why are they so hard to find?

    How was class?

  8. crimsonpurl says:

    Toldja KnitPicks has excellent customer service!

    I can’t wait for my package I ordered from them soon!

    Looks like you got some needles to tie you over…hopefully you can find them to order more….7 and higher of course! ;o)

  9. MrPuffy says:

    I am fan of the Susan Bates needles myself (not all of them – but some are ubber nice). For the straights check out Crystal Palace – they are bamboo with resin coating. I really like them.

  10. Wendy says:

    KnitPicks customer service is fabulous! They replaced my size 6 needles when they mysteriously had gotten stripped inside.

  11. Nancy says:

    Bags…projects…needles…we are on the same wavelength. Looking forward to Sissy’s class report tomorrow!

  12. Dianne says:

    Wow, it’s good to know Knit Picks has such good customer service! I’ve been hoping they would make their circulars in fixed lengths in sizes larger than a 3, but I’ll be on the lookout for the new Susan Bates circs. Thanks for the needle report!

  13. very pretty blue cable, but then the project is very pretty too! (i like that its colours coordinate with the needle.)

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