I worked on the Estes Vest for a while last night and I’m now halfway between the waist decreases and increases. I knit a few more rows (7 to be exact) before starting the waist shaping because I wanted the vest just a tad longer. I’m really enjoying the project so far… but that could be because it knits up so much faster than sock yarn! If you’ve got the pattern yourself, you might notice that I accidentally reversed the cable twists on either side of the stag cable. But if that’s the worst “mistake” I make, I’ll be very, very happy!
As you can see, I’m using the snazzy Knit Picks Harmony Needles. These are the interchangable ones, which I love. I used to use the metal ones, but apparently, my hands eat nickel needles. I swear! I bought an Addi Turbo circular needle last year and look what happened to it after one project.
Those tarnished areas are not only ugly but they keep the yarn from sliding nicely, which is the “turbo” part of “Addi Turbo.” So far only one of the Knit Picks Nickel tips has started to show this tarnish, but I don’t use the larger needles that often and not for very long. I’ve heard that Skacel will refund your money or send you a new set if you contact them, but I haven’t tried it.
It’s not too much of a problem, because I generally prefer wooden needles to metal anyway. I like the slight grip of the wood as well as the warmth and weight. I find wooden DPNs particularly much easier to use than aluminum ones. The only problem is that it’s hard to find a wooden needle with that nice sharp point that metal ones have. I especially hated knitting the Danube socks with the duller points. Really, any time I have to do a k2tog those dull tips are an issue.
I had forgotten that Knit Picks made wooden needles until I was ordering the yarn for the Vest. I had kind of steered away from them because I really don’t like the multi-colored look. But I swallowed my aesthetics, ordered some, and I’m glad I did! Their Harmony wood needles are almost as sharp as their metal ones. I’m not sure how I feel about their cable for smaller needles and I think I’ll really miss the swivel action on my KAs, but I’m going to try to knit some lace socks with the Knit Picks needles and see how it goes.
Just for comparison, here’s the three brands of wooden needles that I have:
The top is Takumi/Clover, size 1; the middle is Knit Picks, size 1; and the bottom is KA, size 1. See the nice sharp point on the Knit Picks one? I’m excited. I’m pretty picky about my needles, so I’m sure you’ll hear much more about my search for the perfect needles. Probably more than you ever, ever wanted to know.