Sunday, February 15, 2009

What A Difference A Needle Makes!

These bamboo #5s + laceweight merino = a very slow go with some yarn splitting as an extra added bonus. Lace needles with nice sharp points would make so much more sense. I didn't have any, hence the attempt to make do with bamboo. It's not that I didn't want to buy special lace needles. It's that it meant a trip to a yarn store, hardly an errand of pain and dread.

Unless you've been to what passes as our local yarn store. It's the outlet for a national craft catalog business. Turn the clock back 30 years, then add some scrapbooking supplies, and you've got a good idea of the contents of the store. It's not 1979 deadstock but, boy, it sure could be. The company seems to exist to turnover variegated acrylic.

But the store does occasionally come through. They'll have the odd ball of Noro Kureyon or a couple of bottles of Eucalan. This afternoon, they came through with Addi lace needles.
This is what my Lilac Leaf Shawl looks like just now. You can make out a leaf or two. The above photo is more true to the color. The knitting is so much more a pleasure with the new Addi lace needles.

It's hard to show lace on the needles, especially as the shawl grows. Here's 4/6ths of Lankakomero's Vernal Equinox Surprise Shawl Knitalong.
That's a lotta lace. Just three more clues to go but, man, so far ... it's lovely. You'll see.

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