Tool Snobs Out There?

I’m a self-admitted yarn snob and am a sort of knitting needle snob. I adore my Addis – the good ole “stumpos”, Chiaogoo or CP bamboos and KP Karbonz. I will use wooden needles if I think the fibre needs it and I keep my old Aeros and Pryms because they are what I learned with. Not to mention some are my Grandma Tupper’s and I’m sure I may have “teethed” on some of them!

Something unexpected is that I’m discovering preferences in crochet hooks. I do a fair bit of crochet but definitely more knitting. My desire to expand the patterns that I design where I combine both arts into a project has me hooking more than ever. I learned to crochet on Aeros and probably some Pryms. Again, it’s what my Grandma used and she taught me to knit and crochet when I was still in Kindergarten. A few years ago, I began using Clover gold hooks, as the grip felt a little more comfortable when I would hook for long periods of time.

What a surprise to pick up my Tulip Etimo, a hook I’d purchased on a whim and find that yes, different hooks do make a difference!

I did not know that there were considerations like: inline, throat depth, head shape, shaft length – and this post just suddenly became “R” rated! The Etimo is slightly more inline than the Clover and it makes a huge difference in my speed and accuracy. I was actually amazed. I have small hands, fairly severe arthritis and Carpal (and I refuse to give in!) so on this score again, the Etimo is a win for me.

I have three Tulips and I’m moving them to regular rotation and keeping my Clovers for when I take projects out and won’t be devastated by a lost hook. Not sure why I was keeping the Etimos “for good”. They are more expensive, about double the price of Clovers but given that hooks pretty much last a lifetime, it’s money well spent. Not to mention, Joanne’s has a 20% off sale on until tomorrow!

Just thought I’d share my thoughts on this and feel free to chime in if you have any favourite tools in your tool kit!

Autumn Equinox

My first born’s birthday is today and even more auspicious that it falls on 2014’s Autumn Equinox.

Some of you already know that I have a poetry blog here on WordPress. Here is a link to my Cinquain-style poem celebrating the turn of the wheel:

(Fair warning should you decide to venture beyond that post; there is some mature content and raucous rock music placed there.)

Gwyl Canol Hydref Approaches ~ Cinquain III

Carrying that theme through to the knitting, this lovely pattern, in kit form from Earthfaire, showed up in my inbox this morning:

Hydref Scarf by Abigail Phelps. The photo below is a detail picture showing this lovely, leafy design worked in the perfect Autumn shades:

© Micki Krueger

© Micki Krueger

I sense another Abigail project is in my future. Her “Addewid” was a joy to knit. (Still need to block for a proper Show & Tell).

You can find the kits here at Earthfaire.

Should You Choose To Accept…

Well hello Mission Possible Blanket.

I am loving this stashbusting project so much! It is fast, easy, portable (depending on size) and a nice diversion while waiting for each Friday release of the PP MKAL clues.

As I knew, I’d run out of the Mission Falls 1824. What I had on hand were several colours left over from the Interweave “Burma Rings” sweater. About .75 of each skein, too much to get rid of, not quite enough for a project using all of them. What I didn’t know until I update my project page, was that Mission Falls is out of business.  This is a shame on a couple different levels. MF was a well-loved company and their 1824 wool and cotton lines were a favourite with knitters. Not so terrible for a stashbuster project but I did want to keep any other yarns that I used as close as possible to the MF 1824 wool.

Voila! At the Thursday “Sit ‘N Knit” at my LYS, what caught my eye but some Luxury Collection “Fine Merino Superwash Aran“. It is a dead ringer for the MF and if I didn’t mention that it isn’t – no one would ever know. I love when a little stashbust includes just a smidge of stash enhance and this one couldn’t be better.

So here’s how it’s looking so far:

Mission Possible Blanket 1

Arty Detail Shot

Arty Detail Shot

Halfway through another week. Unreal how the time flies by. Hope you’ve had some dedicated crafting time this week. Cheers!