Last week, I dashed out to buy some circular knitting needles…
It's just that I want to do some broomstick crochet in the round.
I bought sets of 12 mm and 15 mm. They are 80 cm long because that was the only size in stock at the shop but it will do and it is a versatile length.
They cost me around $24 for both of them altogether and I could probably find them cheaper on the Internet but I like having 'bricks and mortar' shops where one can browse and inspect the products.
There was a cheaper set on display–much cheaper in price–but unfortunately they were cheaper in quality as well. These subjective attributes cannot be gleaned from an Internet listing.
I already had a set of 15 mm circular needles–the ones that came with this year's BHG Knitting & Crochet Collection but they were 1 metre long; w-a-a-ay too long and impractical for the small samples I'm making.
|The free circular knitting needles that came with the |
BHG Knitting & Crochet magazine (Australia 2017)
Feedback from others suggest that the magazine's circular needles are rough and catch on the yarn. There was a warning on the packet to that effect though:
"Where yarn does not slide smoothly across circular needle joins for your tension swatch, lightly sand joins with a fine grit emery board before starting project to assist yarn to move easily"
Seriously, what were people expecting from a magazine's mass-produced 'freebie'? Disclaimers like that are a signal that quality control is either inconsistent or not a priority. I haven't even opened that package yet because of that. I always keep sandpaper and files around the house and in my crochet kit anyway for smoothing burrs on hooks etc.
I'm working on some prototypes for my next project at the moment and experimenting with tension squares.
Can you guess what the finished product might be?
|Experimenting for the next design.|
Yarn: Katia 'Darling' (colour 201). Hook: 2.5 mm.
If you want to play the guessing game, please type your guesses into the comment boxes below. Make as many guesses as you like; they can be serious or funny but not rude!
The game is purely for fun and your prize for getting it right will
be the self-satisfaction that you guessed it!
The answer will be revealed at the end of the month (if not before).
Until next time, be good and enjoy your crafting!
Related posts on Lupey Loops
"Broomstick Rainbow Finished for You", 10 June 2017: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/broomstick-rainbow-finished-for-you.html
"BHG's Knitting & Crochet Collection 2017", 25 May 2017: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/bhgs-knitting-crochet-collection-2017.html
"Get On Your Broomsticks!", 31 October 2016: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/get-on-your-broomsticks.html