These needles are a kind of DPN (double pointed needle) and circular needle hybrid, the set consists of three 'hinged' double pointed needles. Each needle has a sharp and blunter tip.
I usually knit socks using the magic loop technique, I use an 80cm circular needle. I don't love knitting with DPNs, I find it easier to get a ladder between needles, the tips of the needles get caught in the cuffs of whatever I'm wearing and I lose the loose needle every time I put the sock down. The Crasy Trio seems to solve the ladder issue, the caught in the cuff issue seems reduced and the losing the third needle is still a problem.
It took me a while (maybe 10 rounds) to get used to these needles and work out the best way for me to hold them but once I did, I liked them. A lot. The advantage of these needles over standard DPNs is the stitches of your sock (or other item worked in the round) are divided over two needles, you use the third needle to knit with. Because there are one, or more likely, two less needle transitions, knitting with these should be faster and smoother than traditional DPNs. The joins between the needle tips and the short cable are all pristine - I have always found Addi needles to be very high quality.
The one blunt, one pointed needle tip is a nice feature. I like my needles sharp but I know a lot of people who prefer blunt needles, it would take a bit of extra time to make sure you deliberately knit with one end or the other but having the option is great.
These needles cost £14-15, that is a lot more than other needle sets but really they are 3 separate (very short) circular needles so I can understand the price point. I have ordered another set in a different needle tip size so I think they are worth the investment.
Overall, I really like these needles. They are innovative and well thought out, I would recommend them to anyone looking for new DPNs or looking to try something a bit different. I bought these needles with my own money and I am not affiliated with Addi in any way.
There are four places in the world that the moment I arrive, I feel like a weight lifts from my shoulders. They are Ibiza, Squam Lake, Florence and Lyme Regis.
I visited Lyme Regis as a child, it was the first place that my husband and I went on holiday together, I have taken my children on holiday there. It is beautiful.
Last weekend I was invited to teach at a retreat there and it was every bit as lovely as I hoped it would be. Daisy from Devon Sun Yarns has been running these retreats for a few years now and it runs very very smoothly.
The house we stayed in was beautifully decorated and is definitely a house 'by the sea', it is full of details - driftwood, sea glass and model ships.
On Saturday morning we started my Choose your own Adventure Sock workshop, people brought their leftover balls of sock yarn and Daisy had some amazing 20g mini skeins on hand. After lunch the attendees dyed a skein of self-striping sock yarn with Daisy. On Sunday morning we decided what heels to use for our adventure socks and by the afternoon everyone was on their way home, well on their way to having the happiest socks on earth on their feet.
It was a magical, restorative weekend and I will be back! Daisy and I got our diaries out before I left to travel home and I will be returning to Lyme Regis in January 2018 - the house has real fireplaces and I'm looking forward to walking on a winter beach before curling up in front of the fire with my knitting. If you'd like to join me, all the details are here.
This week I'll be travelling to Scotland for my third trip to Edinburgh Yarn Festival, I'll be in the market place with yarn, books and few other lovely things. I'm really looking forward to it!
After last years show, Lilith asked me if would be part of a book she was going to put together to celebrate Old Maiden Aunt Yarns 10th Anniversary, I love Lilith's yarn and I was honoured to be asked. The design I came up with is Blashy and here is what I wrote about it for the Old Maiden Aunt blog:
I haven’t visited Scotland anywhere near as much as I would like and I’m making plans to fix that as soon as possible. My first trip to Scotland was a visit to Shetland for sort-of-Wool Week a few years ago. We made a bit of a calendar error and ended up mainly going the week before Wool Week. All’s well that ends well and we have an amazing holiday and I fell in love, I even saw a double rainbow – if that’s not a sign of a magical place, I don’t know what is.
I’ve been trying to go back ever since. I have since had flying visits to Edinburgh and Glasgow but I haven’t had nearly enough non-work time to explore. The rapidly changing weather was one of the things I most loved about Shetland and I used that as inspiration for my design for Lilith’s books. One day we walked along the beach to the tombolo, we didn’t need coats and we sat on hill and had a little picnic. As we ate our sandwiches in the sun, we watched the seagulls on the cliffs. The next day, we were trying not to get blown in to the sea by a mean wind and rain that was coming in sideways. Coats were on and hoods were up, and we struggled to open and close the car doors.
The swirling lace and cable pattern is inspired by this wind. I love inclement weather like this as long as I haven’t got to go outside in it. There’s nothing better than being curled up in front of an open fire while a storm rages outside – it’s my absolute favourite. I love doing it in my own home, I love doing it on holiday, I loved it in Shetland and I hope to return there soon to love it again.
If you're picking up your copy at EYF (there will be plenty on the Old Maiden Aunt stand) you can take part in the bingo - all the details are here.
if you can't make it to Edinburgh, you can order a book here.
This morning was so frosty, winter has definitely landed here and nothing makes me want to knit socks more than having cold feet!
In the Coop Knits Ravelry group we are kicking off our Socks Yeah Volume 1 knit-a-long. This is how it will work; there will be 2 patterns allocated to a 2 month window, you can knit either or both during that time to qualify for entry in to the draw for prizes. This is the line-up:
December & January - Twylla & Maud February & March - Alonzo & Hortensia April & May - Amandine & Harriet June & July - Coraline & Linnea August & September - Shirley & Hilda October & November - Willa & Dave
So Twylla and Maud are first up, come over to the group and join in!
My online shop is open and ready for all your Christmas shopping needs, I am ready and waiting to pack up and send Coop Knits books and yarn to you or people who may be buying you gifts! The last posting day for orders from my shop is 16th December so get your orders in!
I will be at the Pom Pom Christmas Party, selling my wares and generally being merry. on 16th December, you can find all the details here. It's always a LOT of fun so if you can make it you should come along!
OOOh look, a new book! Pre-Orders are open for my brand new book, Coop Knits Socks Yeah, Volume One - the books will start shipping on 24th October and the eBook will also be uploaded on that day. I'm so so excited to have this books out there and to see people knitting these socks!
If you are coming to Rhinebeck this weekend, Merritt Book Store will have copies on their stand along with my other books and I will be there to sign them if you want me to, I'm giving a little talk on Sunday at 12.30 so please come along to that too!
Well Hello. It's been a while! I've been super busy doing lots of exciting things (new yarn colours out now and a new book coming soon!). But I'm BACK! You can expect lots of blog posts in the near future, I'm going to try really hard to make it a habit.
I'll be on the Merrett Bookshop Stand, they will be selling copies of all my books and I can sign them if you want me to. I will also be giving a talk on Sunday as part of their Tales of Yarn event, so come along and listen!
It's traditional to knit a Rhinebeck Sweater. I'm terrible at knitting sweaters for many reasons, but I'm giving it a jolly good go. Last year, at Jill Drapers Open Studio (which is happening again this year, so worth a visit!) I bought a skein of Empire. This yarn is amazing, the colours she dyes are amazing, and the skein (singular) is as big as my head. And I've got a big head.
It's pink and lilac - I've fallen in love with pink a little bit, which is very unlike me. This skein of yarn has been dyed in such a way that when knitted, it looks like a winter sky.
After much deliberation, I ordered a normal sized skein in an olive green for contrast cuffs and button band and decided to knit a Ramona cardigan. Will I finish in time to wear in at the fairground? Will I finish it at all? Only time will tell.
Rachel, you asked yesterday for recommendations for board games for you and your boys. This is a game you'd probably enjoy, just not one maybe to break out after Sunday lunch with your family since the themes are very adult in nature.
Scary hand reflection available separately
It's an expansion for the pre-existing game Cards Against Humanity, where as far as I can see, the aim is to complete an innocuous phrase with the most outrageous statement you have in your hand.
These are from the tamer end of the spectrum
Knitters Against Swatches was thought up by Sarah and Robyn, who run ReBelle, a yarn store in Lexington, Kentucky. They are offering the chance to win a free deck of cards to those who post funny combinations to Instagram or Twitter using #horribleknitters before the end of March.
Socks Yeah! has been available for a few months now and there are loads of brilliantly executed socks out there. I'll share some of the best at some point soon. What has interested me recently though, is what else the yarn has been used for. A little digging through Ravelry and Instagram threw up some really impressive projects.
This Super Eyelet Fine shawl has been designed by Fiona Wright, a partner in The Woolly Brew yarn shop in Pitenweem. It is available as a free download from Ravelry now, and should knit up fairly quickly so you have something new to keep you warm during cool spring evenings.
This shawl, made by Aiko in Rachel's favourite shade, features a textured section that will look good at the back or the front of your neck, depending on how you wear it. All proceeds from the sale of this pattern go to a scholarship fund at the Australian National University in memory of the designer's brother.
This Northallerton hat, made by Carol, from Coop Knits Toasty Volume 1 shows that Socks Yeah! looks good in stranded colourwork, as well as in lace patterns. I could certainly do with wearing it to protect my head from the piercingly cold wind that I've been out in this week.
If crochet's more your thing than knitting, be sure to have a look at Crochet Yeah!, a book of crocheted accessories in Socks Yeah! from The Crochet Project. More on that soon!
I may have mentioned this before, but the most popular colour to have in socks, at least according to Ravelry, is blue. Whether this is because blue is an easy colour for dyeing, that it has the widest range of hues, or simply that it goes well with jeans, I really don't know. Whatever the reason, here are four of the best blue socks.
First up are the well-defined cables of these Seudagan socks, designed and made by Mona NicLeòid. Seudagan is Galic for "little charm," or "little gem," and they certainly have a charm of their own.
These were made by Tiffany, who does her own video podcast, Knitting at Tiffany's. I can't decide what the contrast colour makes me think of, but definitely an animal of some sort: a tiger, or some kind of exotic tropical fish? Either way, the waves of colour and asymmetry make these socks stand out.
These Royal Copenhagen socks are modifications of not one, but three General Hogbuffer designs, Eisern, Skandium and Onopordum. The effect is nothing short of stunning as the combination of yarn and design work perfectly together to match the feel of Royal Copenhagen china. Who knows, maybe in the future we'll see vases in the shape of socks?
With only one weekend left in February, there's still time to finish off your Sidney or Eugene socks for the Jan/Feb KAL. Head over to the Coop Knits group to see what's been going on.
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