Wednesday, April 07, 2010

On the Metal or Bamboo Needles

As the crow flies, it is less than two miles from my house to the warehouse store of a crafts mailorder house. The business is known mostly for afghan kits in acrylic yarn. The store is still a nice resource for knitting needles and counters, especially when they run a coupon for $10 off any $50 purchase.

Such was the case last week. I stopped by to stock up on counters and double pointed needles. Dpns are used to knit small items like socks and hats in the round. My favorites are the metal Addis for their strength and slippery-ness. If you're interested in more about bamboo needles,
here's a nice explanation. Bamboo needles do need to be replaced every now and then, due to their tendency to bend or warp or even snap in two. If you torque hard enough on metal needles, they'll bend, too, but they won't break. In any case, metal or bamboo is just a matter of preference. You'll get nice knitting from both. How about a show-and-tell of what's on my metal or bamboo needles?

Exhbit A has come to be known as Big Pink. It's an afghan in Cascade 220 Superwash for a daughter who is going off to college next year. A rectangle of k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1 - that's all it is until that bless├Ęd day when I get to whatever edging I end up putting on this behemouth.

In counterpoint to the simplicity of Big Pink is an elaborate pair of lace socks. I have one done and am about to cast on for the second. The pattern is Ariel, named after Disney's Little Mermaid. I've traced the mermaid trail in the lace motif. This is an incredibly fun knit designed by Debbie O'Neill from the new book Sock Club: Join the Knitting Adventure. I had some Pagewood Farm Yukon (70% merino superwash, 20% bamboo, 10% nylon) in the watery Turquoise colorway. The variegation obscures the lace a bit, no suprise there. You can click on any photo in this post to make it bigger.

And how about some beagle love to round things out? Here's what was happening beagle-wise while my sock model posed.

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