News at Noon!

Well, that’s what I’m watching anyway…

Here are a couple of little tidbits I couldn’t wait to share.

KnitPicks Harmony Straights are available.  I’ve actually decided I don’t want any, because while they’re great needle p0rn, they are not what I need right now.  I don’t need more slick straights, and let’s face it, laminated wood is closer to slick than not.   They do have that take an eye out point I want for lace (yes folks, I like to do stoles and smaller lace projects on straights), but they don’t have the hold on to the slippery yarn grip that I am missing with the needles in my supplies on hand.  (I’m learning that if I equate my hobbies’ expenses to something the Knight understands, there are no discussions, no rolled eyes.  Needles, hooks and notions are tools.  Bags are storage containers and/or make my project portable so I can use more of the yarn I have in the house containers.   See?)

Next, Michelle forwarded me a little link that has taken up most of my morning.  Twist Collective is a great site that reminds me of Knitty, only without any “easy” patterns.   Jaali makes my heart skip a beat, and Lily makes me swoon.  Honestly, there are only a couple of patterns on the e-mag’s autumn edition that I wouldn’t like to own.

So, you lace knitters out there…  Help me.  What do you knit your alpaca silk, bamboo and rayon with?  Am I the only knitter in the world who reaches for her straights on  lace or a narrow scarf of any type?

Now, I’m off to have a mater sammy.  If you’re local, I think next week is the week where we’ll literally be trying to give the tomatoes away.

13 comments on “News at Noon!

  1. gaylen says:

    I knit small scarfs on straights, but other than that I’m almost exclusively a circular kinda gal – I like that it puts the weight of the work in my lap, not on my arms and shoulders. With afgans and sweaters this makes a difference. With lace, the project ends up mostly in front of me and less likely to get tangled. Not much help, I know.

    Off to click on your links – then maybe do some work since this is the last full Friday I’m working until I own my own business 🙂 g

  2. I knit washcloths and narrow scarves on straights. I don’t do much else that would be do-able or “best” on straights. I’ve gotten used to the short needle length of my circs and almost literally “hate” my old, long, metal straight needles! (Gonna get me some of those Harmonys tho) 🙂

  3. Anita says:

    Those Harmony’s are pretty things. But I have to admit, maybe I’m the last one on earth who does, but I love my old cheapy metal straights. I hate wood or bamboo needles. I like my yarn to slip & slide. But then I haven’t gotten into the teeny yarn lace that you have either. I don’t like the tips on the wood/bamboo, too blunt & the yarn sticks too good… I still use my straights on any project that will fit on them comfortably. Otherwise you’ll find me using my Options, unless for some reason I don’t have what I’m needing, then I’ll dig out some of those dreaded bamboo ones out of a drawer somewhere…. :O

    Of course I’m just rambling here & none of this helps you with your problems! LOL

  4. AlisonH says:

    I have those in the circs. They’re fun, and I like them, but to actually knit with, the colors distract me.

  5. Bubblesknits says:

    Already ordered mine. 🙂 I can’t wait to get them!

  6. Kathy says:

    I’m a circular nut:) Although I do like my lacy lace shawls on bamboo needles with sharp points.

  7. alison says:

    I have to confess to kintting almost entirely on straights, rosewood or bamboo being my favourite. Here in NZ there’s not the choice in Circs and I can’t bear the steel ones that just try their best to tangle me up in knots. But then again I mostly knit children sweaters and their pretty light on the wrists.

  8. Dawn says:

    Ooohh I saw those needles in the magazine…pretty! Like you I don’t need anymore straights! I’m doing the Retro Redux Shrug right now and its all on straights..haven’t used them in soooo long it feels weird. I can’t even sit on the couch because they bump the arm! Have to get used to them again!:) Maybe new ones would help…hee hee! j/k What gorgeous patterns…going to go check out the site!

  9. Amanda says:

    I do EVERYTHING on straights. I like how the gauge comes out better. Circs are too floppy for me. I do own them, and will sometimes use them, but only if I can’t do my project on straights or dpns.

  10. MrPuffy says:

    I can’t wait to get on highspeed access to look at the Wwist site – there’s lots of raving about it and the patterns!

  11. MrPuffy says:

    BTW, with scarfs I use straights. It seems to just make the knitting lay better. I think circulars are very practical because you can use them for everything – but – sometimes I prefer straights.

  12. holly says:

    I think I would love my lace knitting on straights, just not quite sure I could keep from losing stitches. So, I guess I am on circs. As far as straights go, I love the bamboo and Cass gave me some Rosewoods that also have that nice grip appeal.

  13. fireflynights says:

    Been using addi circular lace needles, 40″ inch length in place of many projects I could have used straights for. Wish the lace tips would come in the bigger needle sizes.

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