Archive for July, 2012


Good Afternoon!

Today, I am going to review the Knitter’s Pride Cubics Interchangeable set. I purchased these from Handsome Fibers who is a seller on eBay. They have the whole line of the Knitter’s Pride needles, including the straights, Dreamz, Rosewood, and Tunisian Crochet Hook sets.

I purchased these because I had purchased 2 sets of the Cubics DPNs from my LYS, Yarn Tree Studio, http://www.yarntreestudio.com/

I loved the way the DPNs felt in my hands, and I also noticed that my hands didn’t cramp! So, off to the net I went in search of these beautiful, handy needles. 🙂

I checked in with my LYS to see if they could order a set directly, and they did not have the capability of ordering this set. They could order the other sets in the KP line, but I
already owned a full size set of KnitPicks Harmony needles. The cool thing about both of these sets of interchangeables is that they can be used with each other. The cables, the needle tips, the tightener, etc..can all be used in a mix and match fashion.

The DIFFERENCE in the 2 sets is that with the Cubics, I am able to buy 16-inch cables along with 4-inch needle tips, which make it easier to  knit socks and hats. Harmony needles are not yet available in this smaller size. The Cubics have a square shape, and they have very sharp points. I will upload a picture of my current project that I am doing with these needles in another post.

One of the downsides, for me at least, is that the shorter needle tips sizes start at 6 and go to 10 US. They are not yet available in the smaller sizes for socks, so that is something that Knitter’s Pride will hopefully work on. They do have fixed circulars with the smaller sock and hat sizes.  http://www.knitterspride.com/Materialwise-Details.asp?id=3&mcid=1

I am able to knit a garter stitch pattern very easily with these needles. The points slide in each stitch almost effortlessly, and really the only time I had to push was on my cast on row. That is probably because I cast on tightly so that I have a uniform bottom edge.

I am just starting my 3-year-old niece’s sweater for Christmas, and I have to say that although I am not a fan of garter stitch alone this sweater is starting to look very nice. I love the colorway that I chose for it. I got the pattern from Berroco and it was one of their free patterns called Sawtelle. They have it for an adult woman and a child/toddler. I decided that I wanted to make matching sweaters this year for them, so I will be doing a LOT of garter stitch before it is over. I plan to use the Cubics for Katie’s sweater and my Signature circulars for Stef’s sweater, only because the cable for her sweater is longer and it will support more stitches.

I believe the price points for the Cubic needles is very good. Not too expensive, not cheap either. Somewhere in between. That makes it easier for someone on a budget to afford 1 or 2 pairs at a time until they can get the whole set. The whole set is available from WEBS, http://www.yarn.com as well.

As I mentioned above, I purchased my set from Handsome Fibers, a seller on eBay. http://stores.ebay.com/Handsome-Fibers?_trksid=p4340.l2563

I have nothing but good things to say about this seller, and I shop often with them. I also love WEBS, and I suppose it would be safe to say that I have a few other favorite online retailers as well. I will be talking about them in the future. For now, I have to go to work..whether I want to or not. I have to earn money in order to support my latest obsession! I hope to hear from someone soon!

July 5, 2012 

Good evening everybody!

My goal is to write a new dedicated knitting adventures blog. I hope to have people who knit or crochet come on in, pull up a comfy virtual couch or chair, and visit with me a while.

My name is Linda, and I am a relative newbie to knitting. I have only been immersing myself into the craft in earnest for a little less than 2 years. I need all of the help and advice that the more seasoned crafty folks can offer.

My plans for this blog include posting my project pictures, both current and past, my thoughts on the various projects that I have done since I started knitting. I also plan to write my real thoughts, good and bad if necessary about yarn stores whether online or local, reviews of  general knitting products/gadgets if I own said gadget or product, knitting book and pattern reviews, as well as  other interesting things related to the craft. I hope to meet others through my new blog!  I look forward to writing this blog and reading what others have to share as well. 

I originally named the blog Girlwhoknitspassionately.

However, I decided that Girlwhoknitsandpurls would fit better for what I plan to do. I cannot figure out how to change the title, so unless your bookmark it, you may have search for it under the original name. 

Here is the link:

[URL]https://girlwhoknitsandpurls.wordpress.com[/URL] 

 I hope to read your comments on my blog, and I look forward to learning and sharing what I can with everyone as well. 

Linda

Okay, I am going to be posting about my latest obsession, which is knitting. I have always loved sweaters in the NC winters. I usually buy myself 1 or 2 new ones every year.

My aunt decided that I needed to learn to knit, and she managed to get me to her house and seated long enough to realize that I knew how to cast on and knit and purl.. Apparently, someone in my youth showed me how, but it didn’t manage to keep my interest then.. So, technically I started knitting the weekend of Thanksgiving 2010. I have had the pleasure of knitting several small projects like scarves and hats. Once I finished my 1st project, I found that I thoroughly enjoyed the process of knitting, picking the pattern out, the colorway, all of it. I just can’t knit fast enough. I do find that I get bored very easily with very simple projects. When that happens, they go on the unfinished project pile until I get the idea to pick them up again. I have a beautiful Koigu linen stitch scarf on that pile now, and while I love the colorways used in it, and I will love the finished project, I am not loving how it looks and I will probably wind up taking it all out and starting it over.

Koigu has really beautiful colorways that are hand dyed, fingering weights, and nothing short of gorgeous. When you look at a hank of it, you won’t be able to picture how it will knit up until you have done a swatch and see how pretty the colors play together.

As for me, I have taught myself everything that I know from YouTube videos, questioning the experts on my favorite knitting forums, (www.knittingparadise.com), Ravelry, my local yarn stores, etc. I think that every time I go into one of my local yarn shops I learn something from someone. I love it!

So, here are some thoughts on my very first sweater that I made last year.

Silly me, my first real project that wasn’t a scarf was a pattern called Hey Teach, and it can be found here:

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer08/PATTheyteach.html

This pattern has lace at the top, and I swear when I jump into a project I do it with all 4 extremities!


In my case, it took me from the end of May 2011 until November 14, 2011 to finish it. After I frogged it 9 times, I FINALLY got it right on try #10. Then I washed it. SO SILLY OF ME! All of the previous frogging expeditions were done because I didn’t do a decrease where I should have, or the lace pattern looked wonky. My biggest mistake was this one right here.. right in the middle of the back section, mind you, AFTER it was sewed together, where a yarn join was done…WAIT for it..the freakin’ join came undone in the washer.. Lo’ and behold.. a HUGE, HONKIN’ HOLE appeared! OMG! Nightmare on my street that sweater was. 

After I ran crying to my LYS for help and advice on how to correct it if it could be corrected, and quick thinking on what I could do to replace the sweater in less than 4 weeks before Christmas, and did I mention I was totally bawling on the drive over to my LYS? I was lucky that my LYS was able to fix that travesty for me, and I was able to give it to my SIL. THEN!!! It freaking didn’t fit her because it **##*#* shrank in the washing machine. ACRYLIC/COTTON SHRANK!! 

So, now I am trying hard to do it all over in another yarn altogether. The pattern is burned in my brain.. but I lost my mojo on it.. and I just don’t want to finish it. I am at the lace section once more. The sleeves are done. I am doing it all in 1 piece up to the arms so that I don’t have to sew it together.. I made it longer on the bottom.. and I still can’t find the mojo to get it done. I want to do it just so it is off my plate. What is a girl to do in a situation like this? I knit because I enjoy it. I want to enjoy it. It relaxes my 225 MPH ADD brain..How does one go about getting their mojo back in a situation like this?

I say all of this to tell you that once you start a lace project, rip it out 9 times, just to do it right..you find that you like lace.. LOL.. You learn that you don’t do a YO if you can’t decrease on the same row.. A friend/colleague taught me that.. 🙂 My LYS taught me about lifelines and counting stitches in a lace repeat. I learned SO much making that sweater..through the tears, frustration, pure joy when she opened the box.. it was all worth it in the end.

My next newbie obsession will be doing color work or socks..maybe more lace, possibly a shawl..LOLOL!!. I have managed to build up quite the stash, both in yarn and how to books on the subjects. I have several books on Fair Isle, a couple of DVDs about Fair Isle, even a Knit Picks kit in my closet.. but I can’t get the nerve up to give it a shot.. There just isn’t enough time in my 2012 year. I really want to explore this type of knitting as I find those sweaters to be the most beautiful sweaters I have ever seen. I have purchased them in the past, wore them slap out, and wish then that I knew how to repair them so that I could continue wearing them. I tend to wear the elbows out way before the rest of the sweater bites the dust. 

I want to do socks..different types of lace projects.. I have a shawl project on one set of needles. LOTS of saved patterns, too! 

I hope that someone enjoys my long diatribe today! I also hope to find time to do more blogging.. 

By the way.. would anyone happen to know where I can find some more time? I am willing to pay premium prices for it. 🙂

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