as if we need someone else talking about those knit picks needles, but I was intrigued and decided to try them out. I figured if anything I would have some spare sock needles. I ordered two of their 32″ ‘classic circulars‘ in sizes #0 and #1 (2mm and 2.5mm) and so far have only used the 2.5.
four days after I placed my order the package arrived and the swatching commenced. first thoughts, they do look exactly like addis though a lot sharper (the addi is the third needle in the pic), the cable feels plasticy, and where the hell is the needle size printed? would it have cost them that much to print the size, really?
I started with a flat swatch using the sock candy I have and then moved on to starting my second sock. the splitty yarn combined with the movements in the pattern seemed to be the perfect test. that point really does make all those decreases quicker, but at the same time it ends up going through the yarn a lot of the time. eventually I got a handle on this and was ready to say that I loved the needles until I noticed that my sock was dragging on the cable. I noticed it a little when I was doing the flat swatch since I kept passing the work over the cable, but it was even worse while I was using the magic loop. there was some big piece of plastic sticking out of the cable and what looked to be scratches that kept the needle from gliding. instead I had to push and pull to get the needle back to home position. picking at it enough I got the big piece off, but I still had those scratches.
I kept hoping it was some film that somehow ended up on the cable. those are definitely grooves and the yarn keeps getting stuck in them. not only does the cable have weird scratches, but the same spot actually has a permanent bend.
not fun. not fun at all. mind you the plastic goop or whatever was there when I took the needles out of their bag and it only got worse as I tried to work the kink out.
I’ll be calling knit picks tomorrow to see if they’ll replace this needle, if not then it’s going into the trash then. what’s funny is that I showed it to my boyfriend hoping he would have a way to fix it. he agreed that it looked like the plastic was stretched and could possibly break, but then looked at me and said ‘this wouldn’t happen to addis you know!’. what have I done to this man?
magic loop didn’t create the problem, the crack was already there when I took the needles out of their bag.
for jess, a pic of how flexible the cable is…pretty damn flexible if you ask me: