After numerous re-starts and a whole lot of swearing, I managed to get stitches onto fixed circular needles in a US 0’s and get well on my way to finishing up the collar for my Flax Light. It was a bit rough on my hands, awkward but it was happening and I was pretty stoked! Why? Well first, the wonderful folks at TinCanKnits got back to me about my needle size question and the needles I ordered were going to work perfectly! That and those things are TINY. Here’s some perspective: those massive looking needles in that picture are US 3’s.
I was on the final row of the collar and then this happened.
Yup. Not one week old and now they’re gone.
I was devastated.
The missus took one look and poured a bit of bourbon, softly explaining that it was going to be okay. She’s right of course but it took a good long while to get over it and carefully tink that last row to the beginning, only to start the sloooooow transfer to the US 3’s. Some stabbing and scratches later, it was done and I could breathe a bit easier.
Or I did until I got really angry about it.
This is the exact reason I was dead set against fixed circulars in the first place. If anything happens to the needles or the cable, then you’re pretty much screwed – and it’s the waste element that bothers me. The folks at KnitPicks were really nice and agreed to replace them with nickle needles ASAP, so I felt a bit better but I can’t help but wish that the needles were interchangeable AND recyclable at the very least. Part of why I’m knitting my own tops is because I believe it’s time I have more ethical and environmentally friendly clothing and the needles breaking aren’t helping the overall foot print of this garment. Sorry, rant over.
So US 0 fixed circular needles in birch: No, no, definitely not.
Leonor was right. This is going to be quite the journey and for all the world, I wish there was an Ollivander for knitting needles. Better yet, I wish I could walk down a long hall and through doors requiring retina scans before I could get to Q.
Maggs, you are going to be facing an equally delicate and vengeful silk blend, which though the best material for that cardigan, allows for zero error. But not to worry. We’ve developed these titanium needles, textured by lasers to control the slide of the fabric at the nano level. They should also prove useful if you run into enemy agents. Blood will slide right off and the cable will return to the desired length. Good luck and do try not to stab yourself as you did with the birch set.
There’s a silver lining, in that I get to try nickle circulars before I have to venture into other brands and other materials. I wonder if there are brands with interchangeable needles in the 0-3 range, and if there is such a thing as a more environmentally friendly cable…
Also, the needles were kind enough to wait until I’d finished the collar to fall apart. I’m on the threes now and starting on the raglan increases so yeah, the sweater will go on! I’ll be okay without the US 0’s until it’s time for the sleeves 🙂