The Right Tools for the Job

November 24, 2013 at 7:45 pm 2 comments

I normally prefer wood or bamboo knitting needles.

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But in size one (2.25 mm), I’ve found them to be a little troublesome.
Probably because I do not hold them with a light touch.

This week I broke 2 wooden needles, and I knew I had to make a change.

But I’ve never liked metal because they are so slippery, and in the winter I knew they would feel too cold.

So I’ve gone high tech-

Carbon Fiber

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They have metal tips that are slick, but the whole rest of the needle is carbon fiber, and they are light, strong, and smooth but not slippery.

And they have changed my whole attitude about size 1 needles.

I’m a little behind on my sock project (was hoping to get one done per week)- but now that I’m properly equipped, I’m hoping to get back on track.

Oh- and I also wanted to share a fleece acquisition that I made a couple of weeks ago-

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It’s a little jumbled, so you don’t get a good look at the lock structure or length there, but it is a beautiful black border leicester fleece from Jonasson Farms. Even came with its blue ribbon from the state fair this past spring 🙂
I just couldn’t resist.

Just got one lovely skein navajo plied and washed-

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As much as I love Shetland wool, I do have a soft spot for border leicester.
Variety is the spice of life, after all

(just don’t tell the boys!)

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jody  |  November 25, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Lovely dark rich colour on your new fleece…looks yummy.
    I have been using Karbonz needles for awhile….I bought them in the smaller sizes 2mm to 1.5mm because like you, I was breaking my wooden ones 🙂

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    • 2. sheepsclothing  |  December 9, 2013 at 7:11 am

      thanks Jody- I do love those dark fleeces! And I’m really loving the Karbonz needles. they have a nice feel, and it is such a relief to not have to worry about being gentle with them!

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