Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Not So Simple 53 Year Old Knitblogger's Daybook

Outside my window: it is looking more like rain.  

I am thinking: I better post fast because at the rate I'm eating the cookies Kim sent me, I have to walk many many steps today...  

I am Happy: that I finished my first Gansey project.  I LOVE this knitting technique. 

I am hoping: Karen will finish the back of the hat(s) for me.  The joy of this pattern is that it is worked flat.  This means my wrists and hands do not hurt at all.  



I am contemplating: Having Karen show me how to seam the back of the hat.  Allison would NOT be my enabler...
Karen ..please be my enabler.  
 I am Asking you dear reader: Do your wooden straights chip and peel?  I used lovely Brittany size 6 needles for the hat but the tip of one needle was splitting.  I had to use a nail file to stop it from snagging.  

I am wondering: do you know a wooden needle that does not split or chip?
I am grateful for: 

each and every comment.  

YOU MAKE MY DAY

15 comments:

Katherine said...

I love the Gansey hat, especially the color! Have you tried using the sewing machine for seaming. I haven't tried it for a hat but I used the machine for all the sweaters I have knitted. It works great! I just thought that if I buy a knitted sweater the seams are machine stitched together so why can't I do that?

SapphireBlue said...

The hat is lovely!

Dee said...

I have definitely had trouble with some wooden needles, especially Clover. I haven't noticed my Harmony needles peeling, but I haven't used them much. My Brittany needles didn't peel, but they did pit. The pitting didn't affect the knitting though. They just looked bad.

Now I use mostly metal needles. But, even they have issues sometimes. If you drop them on a concrete or brick floor they ding and then the yarn catches.

Guess the key is --- don't drop them.

Karezybear said...

Of course I'll do it, Afterall, I'm President Of Enablers et al:)

SissySees said...

Rosewood. Never a chip, and even after a now-perfect girl gnawed on one as a pup, the Knight and some fine-grade sandpaper smoothed it right out.

Mereknits said...

Love your knitting, my wooden needles are always fine, but I was using metal ones lately and they had a flaw in the end, I had to file it down!
Hugs,
Meredith

kathy b said...

Oh katherine If only I had a sewing machine......

kathy b said...

Dear President of Enablers...I love you

kathy b said...

Okay Channon Rosewood it is.....my new purchase

elns said...

The hat looks great. I had a cookie after I read this. So you are then the VP of Enablers haha! We always bicker about directions on holiday. He assumes I'm wrong. I don't have a good sense of direction, but when I'm right, everyone is so surprised! But we have to go the wrong way to find out first. Sigh.

Araignee said...

Lovely hat! Very fancy and practical at the same time.
As for needles, I have had some bamboo one's split and chip on me but never my Knit Picks Harmony sets. I am using some of their new blonde wood ones and they seem very solid too although I have read some poor reviews of them.

KSD said...

I've never had a wooden needle split. But I've switched almost entirely over to square needles. They are SO much easier on my hands and wrists.

Toni said...

Unless the cats get at them, the harder woods like ebony or rosewood don't chip or catch. However, a cat chewing on the end can really do some damage...

Nancy said...

Love the hat.

I can't offer advice on wooden needles because I do not use them: I prefer metal needles.

Lynn said...

The hat came out so nice!!!!! As far as wooden sticks, I don't use them. I find them to drag the yarn too much and it hurts my hands to constantly have to push my yarn over the needles. I like my metals, the slicker the better!!!

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