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Monday, March 12, 2007

Addi Turbo Lace Needles!

I swatched tonight - a few rows in Feather & Fan, just to see how the needles feel in my hands. These fingers that, under stress, in cold, in humidity, that have just done too much, will creep into claws when I least expect it. They are finicky. Bamboo is the best to date. KP Options have been entirely too heavy. I have been using Addi Naturas for knitting lace, but while I can live with the join, have been unhappy about it. So...without further ado? Photos here:

And here:

That's KP's Shadow laceweight in Vineyard, planned to use for Hidcote. It's a bit slippery, and bit splitty. Very soft.

The needles? Well, they're metal, no question. Yes I think the brass drags just a touch, to keep a bit more control on the needle, not as much as bamboo, but more than regular metal needles (and I do not own any Addi Turbos because I can't handle the slipperiness).

I do like the bright brass that shows up the dark yarn.

BUT...my favorite thing? The weight - these are light as a feather - lighter even than the Naturas. My hands shouldn't get too tired holding these long periods of time. I like the tips, too. These are size 3s and in a quick comparison to my size 1 sock needles (bamboo) I think they're as pointy. The tips are as pointy as bamboo needles 2 sizes smaller! This IS just a eyeballing of it, I didn't do anything scientific.

I like Addi Turbo Lace needles. Now to try an entire shawl with them!
(Oh ... and Angelika's was amazing. I ordered these on Friday and they arrived today! Such great service...

9 Comments:

Blogger Ruinwen Dagorielle said...

I find the Turbos are light and I think I knit quicker on them then anything else. I'm glad you found something you like for lace and I can't wait to see the shawl you make with them!

Ruinwen
:)

5:43 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Now if they would only recognize that sock knitters need pointy needles and make them in smaller sizes...

8:25 AM  
Blogger margene said...

I bought a pair too and can't wait to give them a try!

10:23 AM  
Blogger HPNY KNITS said...

can't find them yet in NYC, can you believe it? had to order them. sounds good!

8:13 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Glad you like the needles! It's good to know that they are light weight. I do second Chris' opinion, that it would be nice to get pointy needles for socks. Looking forward to seeing your shawl. I have 2 skeins of the same yarn, but I have yet to decide what to knit.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Plain Jane said...

I'm still a fan of the vintage Susan Bates nylon circulars - no joins, nice points and not too slippery. The only problem is that I have to scout them out at garage sales, but I've found several sizes suitable for lace (now if I ever get up my nerve to finish Adamas and figure out what to do with my latest find of lace weight in off white)..

9:17 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Great review. Now if I can just get my hand on a pair. :-)

11:42 PM  
Blogger Mera said...

Any new item, when I see what my Dear Mom can do with it, seems inexplicably like magic! My knitting keeps falling off the needles and looks a mess... Mom, you're amazing! :)

7:30 PM  
Blogger Jenni said...

There's nothing better for lace knitting...however, when I have a choice I use Denise's Interchangeable Needles. The plastic is smooth and flexes just a bit. I have to have the flex.

But sometimes only Addi's will do...and they are great needles.

11:49 PM  

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