I’ve been working on a secret project. Well, it’s not so much a secret as I’m not ready to reveal all the details of it yet. Part of the project requires making a decorative band or belt. There are 2 ways to do this: work the band/belt on straight needles or work it in the round. I prefer working in the round, even if the diameter of the tube will be small because if you knit in Stockinette, the edges will curl, making it a little difficult and annoying to seam it into a tube.
However, I hate long dpns. All I have in US1 (2.25mm) are 6″ (15cm) bamboo dpns from a Clover lot that I purchased off of Ebay years ago — definitely too long to work a small 1″ (2.5cm) tube. So, I cut 2 needles in half and filed both ends until they were sharp and pointy, but not so sharp that I could bleed. (Though, if I did bleed, the color of my prototype sample is Chinese Red, so it would be camouflaged. hehehe).
I’ve done this several other times to my wood or bamboo needles. If I end up with some extras, I cut them down to make cable needles, since those are things that I always lose. I also am known to file down most of my needle tips to make them sharper and pointier, since the Clovers I have are waaaay too dull. My secret confession is that I want to kill all my Clover circular needles. Even though I have already made improvements on most of the tips by filing them to a sharper point, I still hate the cords.
What I really want is to buy this awesomeness for myself, and change all my needles out to Addi Turbo and Lace, but the thrifty Taiwanese girl in me cannot wipe out the echo of my parents’ voices in my head “Don’t waste. You already have some perfectly usable needles.”
My current needles are a mix of the Clover Ebay lot, various Addi circulars in both Lace and Turbo, some awesome swivel cord bamboo ones from Chiaogoo, and some random vintage straight needles I got from a garage sale score. All needle types have a purpose, but my top circular needle are Addi Lace, Addi Turbo, Chiaogoo stainless steel, and the Chiaogoo dark patina swivel cord. Yes, all the ones I really like are sold at the shop. There are some other needle brands that are good, but right now, we’re limited to what inventory we can stock, so why not just stock the ones we absolutely love first?
Note: Between drafting this post a little over a week ago and it’s scheduled publishing date, I finished the secret project. 🙂 I looks great. Here’s a sneak preview: