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March 16, 2007

New Things

I like new things.  I like change.  I like experimenting.  With the blanket I'm knitting for 3 day old nona-niece-the-newest -- who, by the way, is super cute -- I'm trying several two new things; the Addi Turbo Lace Needles and the Russian Join.

nona loves trying new things and is hooked on the needles

The new Addi Turbo lace needles are wonderful -- dare I say perfect --- and worth every single doggone penny -- 1595 of them.  The tip, the cord, the metal, the join -- what more can a girl ask for, except a larger range of needle sizes.  Excellent review and additional details here

Weaving ends in is my knitting nemisis.  It's high time for a change. Time to try one of the many yarn joining techniques out their.  For this yarn I selected the Russian Join.   So far so good -- the join is a tad bit bulky, but is not visible with this yarn and stitch pattern. Are you ready for a change?  Try something new!

March Madness
6:00pm PST -- March Madness is in full swing!  We have 4 "Knit Pickers" tied for 1st place -- Deb, Melissa, Preeti, & Kate -- with many more in hot pursuit.

9:30pm PST -- All the games are in for the evening and we have a new leader -- Preeti, with 24 points.  Following close behind with 23 points are Kate, Jennifer, Deb, and Melissa.  We'll see what tomorrow brings...

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I like the way this blanket is progressing. I am a fan of the Russian Join, too.

Posted by: Sarah | Mar 16, 2007 8:47:11 PM

I have to tell you -- I love the russian join! I use it on all of my seamless raglans now because I discovered that even if I wove in the ends well, you could tell! horrible! russian join, no one has been able to tell yet. ;)

that pattern is really cute!

[I am a little sad that I am likely allergic to the new addis -- I am allergic to brass and even with the resin coating, I think I'll have problems. I may buy a pair and try though.]

Posted by: jess | Mar 16, 2007 9:04:35 PM

Congratulations on the newest niece! I love the blanket you've been working on for her.

I just bought a set of the new addis myself. US 6, is that the largest they make? It was the largest pair at Purl. Many lace patterns are worked on size 8. I am fighting the urge to cast on a new lace project with them. I must finish a few wips first.

Posted by: Kirsten | Mar 17, 2007 6:49:04 AM

I love using the Russian join for anything that is reversible, like blankets and scarves. I haven't had an end come out yet!
Thanks for hosting the March Madness! I'm really enjoying it.

Posted by: Preeti | Mar 17, 2007 7:48:35 AM

I'm so upset that my world was out of whack last week and I didn't get my picks entered in - I missed the start of the tournament. Oh, well! I figure I can still knit while watching even though I missed being in the group. I'll just keep track myself. I only missed 5 picks in the first round. Thanks for hosting this tournament.

Posted by: Chanda | Mar 17, 2007 9:04:50 AM

I'm de-lurking to let you know about my favorite join, which I got from Eunny Jang's blog:
Search this post for "Joining Non-Wool Yarns For Lace." I also use this join or a felted join with wool yarns b/c I absolutely hate weaving in ends. It doesn't get bulky the way a Russian join does. I really enjoy your blog and drool over your FOs.

Posted by: Kiyomi | Mar 17, 2007 1:23:42 PM

Good to know that the addi lace needles pass muster. I don't have any yet, but have lace yarn and patterns coming out of my ears, so will add a pair or three to the needle collection.

Posted by: Sonya | Mar 17, 2007 7:07:30 PM

Dude! That Russian join technique is sweeeeet! I love learning new tricks - thanks for sharing.

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