If you are pondering a fresh overhaul of your knitting tools, look no further than Knitter’s Pride Spring Collection. Exclusive to Diamond Yarn in Canada, Knitter’s Pride took the cast-on community by storm last year, introducing a product line so intuitively in sync with what we wanted, it was as if the company brass might also be seasoned knitters. This India-based company made its foray into the wholesale market by manufacturing paintbrushes which as we know require a smooth handle for a comfortable grip, durable wood construction, as well as a snag-free transition to a metal covering. Isn’t this just the ideal recipe for knitting tools??
Interchangeable circular sets are the bee’s knees, currently rising in popularity faster than straights and double pointed sets. They come in a well-organized compact case with a variety of cord lengths to switch easily from one project to the next, and that makes a whole lot of sense when it comes to a budget. The most often asked-for features in circulars are sharper points to make a swift swoop of inserting the needle into the stitch that much easier, tangle-free cords that relax when in use, and a smooth join from the shaft of the needle to the cord in order to eliminate the dreaded ‘stitch jam’.
NEW for Spring, have a peek at these convenient travel-size interchangeable sets from Knitter’s Pride which come in fabric cases with a clear vinyl cover and some of the comments from fellow knitters-
The Pitch: Slick and shiny! For the diligent knitter, who wants to pick up the pace and knit at a supersonic speed, the NOVA line is made from hollowed brass piping, with superior nickel plating. This set contains seven pairs with four inch tips complete with two cords measuring out to a full sixteen inches. In 3.50 mm to 6.00 mm sizes.
The Buzz: “I prefer metal vs. wood in my circular needles, I know I must be old school, but for my projects it suits me best, and I have tried this brand already a few times. I really like the points and the changeover from the needle to the cord is smooth and doesn’t catch on my yarn.” Rena E.
The Pitch: Soft and natural! The DREAMZ line is a candy-coloured assortment of birch needles ideally suited for knitters who work at a quieter pace and prefer a warmer touch. Birch is almost twice as strong as bamboo and very close to teak in denseness. This set consists of seven four inch tips sized from 3.50 mm to 6.00 mm and two cords stretching out to a sixteen inch length.
The Buzz: “At first I was skeptical…….. oh not another type of circular needle, but I was impressed, these have the best points on the market and the colour-coded system is very helpful for poor eyesight like mine.” Josie H.
The Pitch: Innovative and ergonomic! Solid rosewood construction in a cuboid design, makes the CUBICS line comfortable to grip and generates a more even tension. This set incorporates five pairs of four inch tips sized from 4.00 mm to 6.00 mm with two cords measuring out to a full sixteen inches.
The Buzz: “My mom has arthritic hands and my LYS owner suggested I give her a pair of the Cubic straight needles to try. I did……… at Christmas, and she loves them!! The difference she says it has made to her knitting is pretty amazing.” Sandy M.