Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The sports car of knitting needles

In high school my first car was a 1965 Mustang. It was an early model manufactured in mid 1964, it never ran right and I spent an inordinate amount of time under the hood. I have always been happy to just have transportation, happy to get from point A to point B in one piece. Happier if that trip included comfort like a heater when it was cold and until we bought the car I drive now windows that rolled up and down to cool off the car. (I will admit I do love that air conditioning!). I've always felt the same about my knitting needles. Whatever I have on hand is fine the finished product will be the same if I knit them on $2 needles or $15 needles, right? Now, I do own a set of the Needle master needles simply because I wanted to have a collection of most of the sizes I use in one place. And I do like knitting on metal needles with sharp pointy tips. Plastic doesn't do much for me. I've looked at the Addi Turbo's and said "I'll never spend that much money on one needle". Then. I saw them. Size 8 12 inch circulars. I knit hats for the hospital, I knit them in the round and I get very tired of stretching them around a 16 inch needle or using 2 circulars. So tonight I fixed crow for dinner because this afternoon I forked out $11 and some change and bought my first pair of addi turbos. Do I like them? You betcha. The ultra short needle is a trip and not a natural lenth to work with, but boy I could see where with a longer needle you could just fly knitting on those babies. I'm hooked. But you see my friends, this is where my yankee nature comes in. As much as I love those needles I refuse to part with the money to buy them....I'd rather have yarn. So. Here's what I think. I think that I'll buy a set every now and again and just slowly replace the needles I use the most with addi's. Or maybe I'll just stick with my Needlemaster set with the really really sharp tips that I like.

And maybe just for yucks I'll see if I can once again post pictures here because it looks like the hubby has replaced the drive where the pictures go on this computer.....but not tonight, I'm tired......

1 comment:

thatfarmgirl said...

I love addis, too! Get yours online...or eBay...they are always less expensive than LYS!