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I will say that I think interchangeable needles are an excellent investment if you like to knit with a wide range of yarn weights and project sizes. The upfront cost is higher than buying a fixed circular, but in the long run, you spend less because you are not buying various lengths of circulars in the same size.
When the question "Which set should I buy" is asked on groups, more times than not, people will just throw out their favorite brand. Not me. I've always given a detailed break down because I have the privilege of owning six sets of needles. (Ridiculous I know.). Now I don't have to write it out anymore. Because I made a video!
Something I want to say here that I don't think I make clear in the video: which set you prefer is in large part a matter of personal preference. In truth, in terms of quality all of these needles are very good and I don't think you can go wrong. In the end what you like in a needle - the tip's taper and sharpness, it's grip, the cable - is going to depend on what you like.
In preparation for the video I did a speed test the night before. I did four rows of stockingnette with each of my needles. This isn't a scientific comparison by any stretch. To do that I'd have to do the test multiple times to get an average speed and account for irregular results. But, it still gave me a good idea of which needles were fastest AND cemented for me which sets I love versus which sets I like. Here is a link to my Google Sheet: Speed Test Results.
Modern motherhood is figuring out how to balance potty training, laundry and managing your new YouTube channel.
Am I crazy taking up the challenge? Probably. Am I having fun? YES!
Well, potty training isn't so fun. It's messy. Todder's are gross.
But, the YouTube channel is fun. Even though I'm a tiny grain of sand in the YouTube universe, I've gotten such positive and helpful feedback. But, I'm only human and realized this is not the week to upload. 😞
But, the good news is I am commiting to a regular upload schedule! Mondays and Fridays. And next week I have two videos that I think are bangers.
Monday I'm going to break down my favorite Bind Off. I have strong feelings about the chain bind-off (shocking) and think I have a better alternative
Friday is a biggie and just in time for the Holiday shopping scene. I have six sets of interchangeable needles and I'm reviewing them all. If you've been wanting to invest in a set but confused by all the options hopefully this helps.
Before learning to lever knit I was starting to experience wrist pain. That stopped.
About 8 years ago I started my journey to lever knitting. I can't remember where I heard the term but I did. So I hit the Googles. I was very disappointed to see a dearth of useful material. The few videos I found were not very clear. I found one video that clearly showed how to tension the yarn and the pencil grip. But, nothing that really broke down how knitting lever style was different from conventional English knitting.
Finally I found ONE, fuzzy video of the Yarn Harlot at a convention booth showing it using the underarm method. (See Knit Faster with Lever Knitting Pt 2) I was amazed at her speed. I watched the video over and over again trying to figure out what it was she was doing. And finally I saw it. It was the left needle. The left needle loaded and unloaded the stitches off of the right needle. Bingo!
Learning to use my left needle and evenly dividing the work was the single biggest revolution in my knitting. I'd put in par with the shot clock in basketball or GUI for computers - complete game changer.
Franky if I help people learn to make better use of their left needle while knitting I feel my mission is accomplished.
I'm so grateful to all my friends and family who are supporting me in this endeavor. I am especially grateful to my hubby, Mike, who not only helped me set up a shooting space but watches our daughter so I can plan, shoot and edit.
I'm Carrie CraftGeek. I've been knitting for 20 years and crafting my whole life. I love to share my passion with the world!
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