Last week I wrote a comparison of double pointed needles, which I use for sock knitting. Click here to read a comparison of the needles. Anyway, since I wrote that post, I ordered another set of needles - the Nova Platinas. I ended up with a whole set because the price was right and I also wanted to try the 5" needles.
Anyway, I think these might be my new favorites! Super smooth (like HiyaHiay) with a very nice sharp point (but not so sharp that they are as dangerous as the HiyaHiya Sharps!).
So today in the Good News Journal was easy - in fact, I easily found TWO good news stories! Whaaattt?? Woot!
Oh Happy Day - the Good News Journal!
I am not going to lie - today, only Day 2 of my little good news journal, I had a tough time finding even one news story that could be considered "good news".
I finally settled on this, kind of the best of the worst plus a funny thing about Covid + the lovely silver stitch markers. I love them, so it's happy for me.
While it is good news that Grand Isle finally had power restored, it is not so good that it took 138 days. That's a lot of no power days. Such is life on an island in south Louisiana, where hurricanes routinely disrupt everyday life ("disrupt" is putting it mildly; I am, afterall, trying to be upbeat here).
Good News Journal - the Beginning!
I decided to start a "good news only" journal for my own mental health.
Today is Day 1: Omicron cases are way down in South Africa. Hopefully the UK, the US and the rest of the world will not be far behind! #goodnews
Which Double Pointed Needles are the Best?
Which double pointed knitting needles (aka, DPNS) to choose?? That was a question I asked all the time when I first started using them until, finally, enough time passed that I ended up ordering several different types (ok, pandemic shopping but, still.....).
This is my review of the needles I have used. Bear in mind, this is just my opinion....your mileage may vary!
Disclaimer #1: I am a sock knitter, almost exclusively. I knit a lot of socks on 9" circular needles but also use dpns regularly.
Disclaimer #2: I have only been knitting seriously for about 2 years....opinions could possibly change with more years of knitting.
Disclaimer #3: I am a fairly tight knitter which means I hardly ever have problems with my stitches falling off the needles (or the needles falling out of the stitches).
I knit mostly English style but sometimes flicking or Norwegian.
Price on Amazon about $13.00
* smooth (but, strangely, not as smooth as the Addis
* nice pointy needles (side note, you can also order HiyaHiya "sharps" which i did but returned; you could open a vein with those needes....+ have you ever sat on a super sharp steel needle? Ouch. No thanks, but you might love them if you are more careful than I am and don't use your finger to push the needle one way or the other)
* made of steel so, naturally, not as lightweight as Prym or Addi...which, by the way, you don't really notice until you knit with one of the others
These are wonderful needles and I use them a lot but, still, I prefer the Addis.
* not super smooth but smooth enough and, if I didn't knit so tightly, the stitches would glide but still, if super smooth is what you want, these might not be for you.
Pro or con?? the shape is triangle which is supposed to be better for your hands but I don't really think it matters much in this tiny size. (2.5 mm)
For me and the way I knit, the best double pointed needles are tied for first place with Prym and Addi double pointed needles in the lead and the HiyaHiyas in second place. The Addis for the weight and the smoothness, the Pryms for the weight and the super sharp (but not dangerous) little "teardrop" shaped tip. The Hiyas are extremely smooth which I love.
My least favorite needles are the Clover bamboo needles but I do use them in a pinch. Although lightweight, they are not smooth enough for my tight knitting nor are the points consistently sharp enough for me.
Click here to see my newest review - Nova Platina double pointed needles for knitting.
Pandemic TV Watching: Kim's Convenience
When we finished watching Schitt's Creek, we were so disappointed. What now?? What else could we watch that would even come close to this wonderful show? So, I did the normal thing & googled "if you like Schitt's Creek, you might like....." and one of the things that popped up was "Kim's Convenience".
AND, what did I do while watching? I knit of course! If not knitting, was make my sterling silver stitch markers...awkward seque! Click below to shop the handmade stitch markers!
Knitting Stitch Markers!
Silver Stitch Markers for Knitting & Crochet
So many stitch markers!! Customers are calling them wonderful, elegant, useful, no snag, beautiful and other excellent adjectives - so happy my fellow fiber folks are loving these new silver stitch markers!
Did I mention that stitch markers ship for free? YES, all stitch markers (buy one set or 5) are now shipping at no charge to you...NICE!!
Knitting, like most hobbies and businesses, requires tools that you need to have at hand, ready to use all the time. I came up with this idea which keeps everything where I can find it (well, most of the time) and then later realized it is actually kind of a take off on the Victorian chatelaines that ladies used to carry!
Sterling Silver Knitting Stitch Markers
Larger sterling silver stitch markers or stitch holders for bigger, bulkier knitting or crochet projects! These will fit on knitting needles up to US size 15!! BIG NEEDLES!
Silver Stitch Markers for Knitting
These medium sized silver stitch markers are perfect for all sorts of knitting and crochet projects! They easily fit over US size 10 and work on all sorts of crochet projects. You could also use them to hold stitches, if you don't need them to fit over your needles - win win!
Need a different size stitch marker? Click below!
Click here to see the extra small stitch markers, here to see the small markers and here to see the large stitch markers!
NEW! Silver Stitch Markers
New sterling silver stitch markers for knitting and crochet. I haven't been knitting long but I love knitting socks. Since I also love sterling silver, I thought I would create some stitch markers to use in my knitting. I love how these turned out. These are the smallest size I currently make and quess what? They are also perfect for crochet because they are open! No need to put them over a needle, although you can if that's your jam!
These sterling silver stitch markers were designed as a result of a special request. The extra small markers were too small, the medium markers were too large. So - the perfect size markers were designed - perfect for sock knitters or others who use small knitting needles (an crocheters who use smaller yarn)! These work with knittings needles up to US size 4! Perfection in silver stitch markers!
I am Laura Teague, a metal smith, knitter and sewist living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and traveling the western US whenever I can!