Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Oohh...Shiny!


Just before the weekend I got some new "toys" in the post.  Even though I absolutely love the needles that I have and am currently using, I can't resist the temptation of trying out new products.  I'll admit that I'm a weird one.  I'm extremely brand-loyal but can't help trying out the newest item out on the market.  I've been using the same facial moisturizer for well over 10 years (albeit I've moved from the gel formula to the regular formula...ahh, the signs of getting older...), but I'll definitely deviate for a day or two to try out a sample from a different company (thanks Sephora!).  So when it comes to knitting, things aren't any different.

Judging from my project page on Ravelry you can tell which yarn companies I love the most due to the yarn(s) I've used for projects.  I've been pretty loyal to my Knit Picks Interchangeable needle set until I tried out Signature Needle Arts' circulars (which aren't interchangeable, but they are so awesome that I'm willing to over look that).  You would think that after knitting with what are suppose to be the "Cadillac of knitting needles" and accumulating the amount of needles that I have in my knitterly repertoire, that I would be content enough to not have to buy any more needles.

Um...no.  I mean, who doesn't want to make what they enjoy even more enjoyable?  Cause...you never know, you know?  So it goes without saying that once I caught wind that Knitter's Pride was releasing a brand new needle made from carbon fiber (Hello!  It's the same stuff used on aircrafts!  How cool is that?) with a nickel-plated tip, I just knew that I wanted to try it out.  I waited patiently for them to slowly arrive in yarn shops but eventually couldn't wait any longer for the sizes I was looking for and so I went on an online search.  Lo and behold I found the sizes I wanted - a 3.5mm (because it's my most used size) and a 2.25mm for sock knitting.

I've always been curious about square needles and while I've heard mixed reviews about them, I thought I would just snag a pair and find out myself.  So I threw in a single pair of those into the cart.  Why not?  I can't claim to love something until I've actually used the product, right?  Anyone else a fan of trying out new knitterly products?  And no, yarn doesn't count!

Even though I already have a few pairs of socks on the go, I'm thinking I need to cast on another sock just to test out one of the Karbonz needles.  I mean, I have been wanting to knit another self-striping pair of socks and this is all in the name of research.  Yeah?  But I'm also itching to try out the square needles.  Hmmm...I've always wanted to knit another Color Affection Shawl...

11 comments:

  1. of course you post about this now. ahhaha as i'm trying to order more needles. :) i'm excited to know what you think of these needles! did you wait long for them to arrive? also, you can always have another project on the needles, at least that's what i think ;) xo

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    1. Hahaha, sorry Becca! ;) I can't wait to try these out. I think I waited 2-3 weeks for them to arrive? I was trying to finish up a few projects that I could cast on projects with them. Sadly those projects weren't knitting related and now I'm wondering just how many WIPs on the needles is too much?

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  2. Oooh... where did you order your needles from? Also, if you don't mind my asking, which moisturizer are you using? I'm looking for a new line to try!

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    1. I ordered my needles from Webs, the shipping actually wasn't bad (probably because they were able to make it as letter?). I was hoping to get them locally but the LYS that carried them didn't have the sizes I wanted and after waiting 3 weeks to see if they were going to get them I got impatient and went online. I was quite surprised that Webs was the only online seller. Of course, it's been a few weeks so I'm sure that has changed!

      I use Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizer (the square yellow one). Some people might think it's a little pricey, but I find that a bottle will last me a year. I figured if I was using any other moisturizer, I'm sure I would be buying it often and probably be paying more in the long run. I also try to buy it when Clinique is having their bonus time, I'm a sucker for the bonus AND there's always some type of moisturizer in there too!

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  3. I really like the Karbonz so far. I have a shawl on my karbonz, and a baby blanket on my dreamz.... Kinda digging the knitters pride line so far! I'm interested to see what you think of the square needles.

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    1. Oh, I'm glad to hear that you like the Karbonz! I'm seriously dying to try them out!! After checking out the website, I'm actually quite intrigued by Knitter's Pride's entire line. I'm curious about their wooden cubics, but don't think they'll be slick enough for me. I'll definitely let you know how I feel about the square needles...when I can find a project to knit with them! ;)

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  4. i can't wait to hear what you think about the cable on the kollage needle. they have two options (firm & less firm) and i've heard pretty mixed reviews about both. apparently the firm one is very very firm, and the less firm (k-kable) is downright floppy. i've only used the square DPN's so i don't know how the circulars work. keep us posted!!

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    1. I read a lot of mixed reviews about the cables on the collages and will admit that after I ordered the needles I started to regret getting them, as I was really scared they would be extremely stiff and hard to work with. As soon as they arrived I took them out of the package and felt them up. The cables aren't as pliable as the Signatures but they're not like rope. If anything, they remind me a little of the cables on my Knit Picks. So I'm really interested in how they'll be to knit with!

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  5. also, the KP wooden cubics are notorious for splitting at the tip in the sock sizes (you have no idea how many times we had to refund customers at the LYS back home - almost every day), and the circular ones have a terrible cable joint. can't recommend them at all :(

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    1. Good to know!! Thanks Liisa! I think I recall you mentioning that the last time you were here and we were talking needles? Even if the wooden cubics didn't split at the tip, I don't think I would get them solely because I don't think they would slippery enough for me. I'm already finding that my KP Harmony Wood needles a bit too slow for my liking!

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  6. As always, great post! Since this is a few months old, I'm wondering what you think of these needles now. Have you tried the Dyakcraft Heavy Metals? There are so many fun tools to try but, alas, I can not try them all. Thanks for a fun blog. Karen

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