Monday, May 16, 2011

Knitting---the good, the bad

The Good
When you are working a large project you won't be able to complete it in one sitting. You will need to secure your live stitches on your needle. You do this by using a stitch saver. Most stitch savers are small caps that slip onto the end of one needle. This is the most common type.
I'm not sure when this little red stitch saver entered my life. I don't even know how I acquired it. Did I buy it along with a fistful of needles at the church fair or was it among a yarn donation? How ever it happened I can't imagine my knitting life without it.


You: Why is it so special?
Me: Well, not only does it keep my stitch safely on my needle but it also keeps my needles together. As well, I can stop knitting in mid row, slip the stitch saver on and be good to go.
Love it!

The Bad
Many plastic knitting needles are constructed in two pieces. This is a bad thing thing because it means at any time this can happen...




If...when...it does I'm left scrambling to collect my stitches and slip them back on to my needles.

There is a solution--work with steel or bamboo needles.

So, why do I continue to work with plastic needles?

They' re affordable.

However, as my husband has often pointed out--cheap isn't always the best way to go.

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2 comments:

creativepotager said...

I think you need a set of bamboo knitting needles in a variety of sizes Leanne. I am thinking they could be on your gift wishlist. You could even say I need ____ size and ___ size. It would give an excuse for people like me, who don't knit, to go and ogle the new yarns. "Oh I am just here to pick up some knitting needles for a friends birthday." I would say. Best of the week to you Leanne:)

I bet your little red stitch saver surely earns its keep on ferry trips.

holessence said...

Leanne - Your husband's right, sometimes it pays, to pay. And bamboo is a renewable resource -- so much more earth friendly.