Recently I've had a chat with a friend about our knitting preferences and I must confess... I'm a bit of a yarn snob :) I prefer expensive good quality yarn especially from those regions of the world famous for producing their quality wool like Norway, Shetlands, Peru... I'm always on the search for the new yarns from Dalegarn - my favourite Norwegian yarn company and I will go a long way to get the exact yarn I want even if it means paying a bit more. Basically I like to enjoy my knitting wholly, both in terms of tools and materials. I do not despise any cheaper wool like ever-present acrylic yarn, available in many shops around. I even use it myself to make some project prototypes or to test my knitting skills. I do also realize lots of people knit with this yarn for economic reasons but I just appreciate this extra bit of luxury real wool gives you as you knit your stitches. For that reason last weekend I ordered a few colours of a new yarn - Vipe of Dalegarn for my future spring projects from Arne & Carlos book. The order will be coming all the way from the USA as the Vipe yarn is not sold in the UK. I'm really looking forward to laying my hand on this yarn :))))
In the meantime something else made my day yesterday. After coming back from work, I found a parcel from Ebay stuck in my mailbox and it contained this:
A set of brand new Karbonz double pointed needles from KnitPro! I fell in love with them the moment I saw them on the KnitPro website. I HAD TO have them! The pouch contains 6 sets of 5 dpns ranging from 2.5mm to 5.00 mm, the most commonly used needle sizes.
I must say they are amazing. They are incredibly luscious, luxurious and sleek needles with a smooth feel when in hand. They are light, warm to the touch and very durable. Metal tips are extra smooth and make it easier to make and drop stitches. I've tried them on some acrylic yarn already and it knits much better with this type of needles :) Very very very pleased :))))
I had a bit of a dilemma when I was buying them: Should I order 15's or 20's? For those who don't know, this is the length of a needle. The longer needle, the more stitches you can have on. The more stitches, the bigger the item you can knit. As these posh needles are dear to buy I decided to go for the more practical 20 cm ones. One day the 15 cm long ones could have simply turned out to be too short :)
Dear reader, if you have any knitting experience with the KnitPro needles, I'm more than happy to hear from you. I'm a also a fan of KnitPro Symfonie Wood series of crochet hooks and needles and since I've been using them to knit my julekuler balls, I have never felt disappointed. I'm planning to buy some circular KnitPro's in the future, just not decided yet if I want fixed ones or with the interchangeable tips.
Musings over. Bed time. Long day ahead. Have a good night everyone x X x