Yes, it’s a full-fledged dilemma. Oh the drama!! Which knitting needles to buy?
I was cruising along doing fine yesterday; I got the blanket put together and finished, so it was on to the hat. You may recall that the first hat I made for the new niece turned out to be huge, even though initially it was to gauge (I think it’s because my yarn was not baby sport weight, which I can’t actually find here). Anyhow, new pattern for chunky yarn using circular needles, and off I went.
I did one round and ripped it out. Why? My cable was too long. I’m not smart enough yet to convert a circular pattern to a straight pattern, so this led me to the logical realization that perhaps it’s time to invest in an interchangeable circular needle kit.
My concern, after researching, is that once I get the kit, the cables will still be too long to do small hats. Since I don’t know if I can find a smaller interchangeable cable for the kit I’m thinking about getting, I think I’m going to have to measure the cable on my fixed circular and make sure that if I need to get a different size that’s not included in the kit, that I order it at the same time if I can.
I’ve spent a good many hours this morning searching for interchangeable needle kits. I saw one kit at Hobby Lobby, which was priced around $75, if I recall. I wanted to see if I could do better online, and have managed to find the same kit more reasonably priced. I have read the reviews and that’s a mixed bag - some love the needles; others hate them. I figure at this point, I am not too terribly picky so it might be worth the investment. It might not be, but at least I’ll learn whether or not an interchangeable system is up my alley or not.
But oooooooo, I did find one set of dpns (double pointed needles) that I think I’ll love from Knit Picks in the Harmony Wood. My next dilemma is which length to get? I measured my dpns, and they are all the longer ones, coming in around 7 inches from tip to tip. When I’m making socks, I’m finding they are full, probably because I’m only using 4. Since these come in sets of 6, I could use them for 4 or 5 needle patterns, which is great! Does that mean that there are fewer stitches on each needle, thus meaning I could get away with a shorter needle (and get a lower price on the set)? That’s my next thing to reasearch, it seems.
I guess the next step is to compare prices for the kit I’ve settled on; the Boye Needlemaster 200. So far, I’ve narrowed it down to Amazon or Overstock.com, but my searching has just begun. Now that I know what I’m looking for, the chase is on for something that won’t cost an arm and a leg!
If you are experienced with these kinds of items, I would love to have your input!
Update: I found and bought this set new on eBay, and saved about $60 compared to buying it locally. Even at the least expensive place online, I still saved $24 by using eBay.
*Disclaimer: I have no financial interest or stake in eBay except I generally check there to get great deals! (DH is chuckling, because he has the account and his history shows totally girly things, like dishes, too. )