|Might this be my first sweater |
that fits me properly?
So far so good.
Part of the problem is that I am a slow knitter and I don't have a lot of time to knit each day; I consider myself lucky if I get 30 minutes a day to devote to knitting. And, as I said, the rows are very long. (I'm a thrower not a picker.) But I think that this is only part of my issue. I think I really need to change needles.
Let me explain:
When I first started knitting I bought the best set of needles that I could both find and afford. I didn't have much choice at my LYS but I was very happy with my purchase of a set of plastic circular Denise Interchangeable Needles. I recall that they cost me about $75. I have used these needles over and over again for many years now. And until now I have never had any complaint.
|Photo Credit: Denise Interchangeable|
I think that plastic needles are absolutely fabulous for a new knitter. They do exactly what you need them to do: hold your stitches in place very securely as you fumble your way around the needles. At some point along the way I transitioned from needing my stitches held where I left them to wanting them to slip and slide along faster.
One of my favourite Canadian knit bloggers, Miso Crafty Knits, did a series of reviews of needles recently. (Here, here, and here) I found her reviews very thorough and thoughtful and this really got me thinking about what needles I use and why.
So today I made the leap. I splurged and bought myself a new set of addi-turbo click Lace-Long tips.
|OOOH, aren't they pretty?|
They are circular interchangeable needles with long, sharp tips. The cords come in a variety of sizes and are of small diameter, even as compared to the smallest needles in the set. The cords are also very flexible. I am very happy with my purchase!
Now let's see if they help me move any faster on my sweater!
|The changing of the guard.|
It's a process, knitter.