Tuesday, July 12, 2011


My work on the breezy came to a screeching halt this weekend when I got to the sleeves. I've been using addi clicks, lace needles on this sweater, and while running the stitches over the truly craptacular joins on the needles was annoying for the body of the sweater, it became completely unbearable when attempting to magic loop the sleeves. 

(By the way, I will be posting a side by side comparison of the addi clicks, Knit Picks interchangable and hiya hiya interchangeable soon)

So I went to my knitting needle collection to dig out a pair of DPNs. None in size six. Sigh. I decided to break out the KP interchangeable needles to magic loop, because at least the join is decent on those. Nope. No cables in the size I needed, because all of those cables had broken because of the crappy glue used between the cable and the ferrule. Sigh. I do not have to matching pairs of size six circs, so I couldn't use that method either.

I tried to knit another row on the addis and nearly threw my knitting across the room. Obviously, it was time to stop.

Yesterday I went out to Seaport Yarns, which is near where I work, and picked up a pair of metal hiya hiya DPNS, and as I was complaining about my interchangeable needle issue, the owner handed me a set of the hiya hiyas and told me to take them home and try them out. SWEET!

Anyway, I've now worked on the sleeves with the DPNS, it's looking ok. I'm not really thrilled with the laddering problem between each needle, but I'm not sure there's really any way to avoid that when working with lace yarn on size 6 needles.

I haven't knit with the hiya hiyas, but I will finish up the ribbing around the collar and front edges of the sweater with them, and leave the addi clicks for bigger yarns that won't snag quite as much.

Sorry for the no pix post today... I'm away from my camera at the moment.

Also, my blogiversary, birthday and wedding anniversary are coming up on the 14th, 15th and 17th, respectively. (two, 35 and seven, also respectively)


  1. When I first heard about the interchangeable needles I was impressed with the idea and wished I could buy them. Soon after I started to read stories like yours, it broke easily leaving live stitches on the work, no one seems to like them. Now I am stunned, how it's possible that such a good idea can be carried out so badly.
    My English is far from perfect, so I'm not sure I understood correctly your problem with the DPNS,so forgive me if the answer is not what you are looking for. When working on DPNS to avoid lousy stitches I use to do this: there is 4 needles with stitches on it, needle A holding the stitches "a", needle B holding the stitches "b"... in every row one "a" stitch is passed to needle B, one "b" stitch is passed to needle C and so on.
    Happy blogiversary, birthday and anniversary!(in advance :-))

  2. I haven't heard of anyone liking the addi interchangeables but I have only heard good things about Knitpicks interchangeables. Good luck with the rest of the sweater!

  3. I think I have now decided that I'm never going to do the interchangeables. I've heard too many stories like yours! I'm quite happy with my circulars -- and I have quite a collection after years of knitting.

    Sometimes I get ladders; sometimes I don't. I don't know why I have such a difference. I try to knit the first three stitches on each needle especially tight.

  4. Hard to believe it's been seven years!