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Friday, August 5, 2005

Eat or be eaten. Beat or be beaten…

Iggy Pop (1982 – Zombie Birdhouse)

Yarn Snob? Not I!

BUT, I am a NEEDLE SNOB! Addis or nothing!

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BUT unable to go shopping the last few days to try and find some needles to keep working on my Gwyneth pulli, I rousted about the hut and found some neglected circular needles. Their color was perfect; now my grey yarn stood out on a background of receding color and I could relax and just knit to it...

BUT! These needles were what I considered *light duty* numbers - unfit for anything but stitch holding! They were Boye circulars I bought on sale at a Joann's that was closing their yarn department. I had 2 pairs of #4's - they were used when I was doing machine knitting where you are often left with a few rows to finish by hand. I'd pop the waiting stitches on those Bois knowing that its stiff cable wouldn't lose ANYTHING...

NEVERMIND the rather funky tips, the weird cable...

I applied some blunt force, right on the BUS! and bent them to my will

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Top: Before
Bottom: After

Believe it or not, the finish on these is a little sticky and just right for the slippery cotton I’m using. And the rebellious cable (that even under high temp torture from my hair dryer relaxed but just a little)? It is now out of the way just enough to HELP me keep tension on the line…

WOOT! WTB?!

7 Responses to “Friday, August 5, 2005”

  1. sarahbchicago says:

    Thesaurus entry: Someone who is ingenious is both inventive and resourceful, with a dose of cleverness thrown in.

    I guess I will hold onto the Boyes needles I bought at the beginning of my knitting career and have ignored since I discovered Addi Turbos.

  2. suzanne says:

    try a small pot with boiling water to relax your cord – it works pretty well (better than the hair dryer – I tried that first too!)

  3. Jenn says:

    What a smart girl you are! I’m a big fan of make-it-work, but damn if you haven’t taken it to a whole new level. And I bet it is a lot easier to see those stitches on that bright blue needles… That’s why I try to stick to knitting bright colors. ;)

  4. Libby says:

    I have a set of Boyes that my daughter ‘knit’ into a ball of yarn (read: wove in and out of said ball so that the cable was a twisted mess). I’ve tried about every method I’ve found to get the kinks out of that cable and nothing has worked. Still those cheapies have their place don’t they? While my woods stick to non-natural fibers, the cheap Boyes always work with plastics or nylons!

  5. knitting maven says:

    I also find that the right knitting needles make a difference. I have bamboo, silverstone, metal and plastic needles. Different yarns work up differently on different types of knitting needles.

  6. Liz says:

    I was just going to suggest the same thing Suzanne did, hot water. It works!

    And I must admit, I find it too hard to pass up Boye and Susan Bates needles at the Rag Shop. That 40% off coupon makes them so desirable… especially since I can’t afford to buy a bunch of Addis just yet. :) I wish Addi would make an interchangable kit like Susan Bates has.

  7. Bonne Marie says:

    Thanks for the tip! I’d tried it in some hot water before, but this time I brought the water to a boil and just threw the needles in there.

    I figured, I’d paid pennies for them and if I messed ‘em up, who’d care? (Not really thinking about the pot teeheeheeeeeeeeeeee…)

    AND GUESS WHAT! It worked – the cable IS softer and quite usable now. THANKS :)

 
 
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