Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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...