I thought it might be nice to tell you about a few of my favorite knitting related things..needles, yarn, patterns, etc. I’ve had more than one student ask me what type of needles I preferred or what yarns I like to work with. So here it goes:
Interchangeable needle sets:
Best for the price: While the Denise Knitting Needles are affordable at roughly $60-65, I am not a huge fan of the transition between cord and needle and I have definitely broken more than one of the plastic connections that lock the needle to the cord. They are a good back up set or starter set.
All around favorite: KA Exchangeable needles. These things are fab. The transition between the bamboo needle, brass connector and the nylon cord is amazing. The set even features a different set of cords for the largest and very smallest needles (three sets in total) so that needles are matched well with the connection size of their cord.Â The best part is that unlike the Denise set, they are compact and able to be easily carried around.Â The downside is the price. They retail for $95.Â I am still able to order these wonderful needles, if anyone would like to order them.
I posted a few weeks ago about the knitting help books on my shelf. Now it’s time to share two of my favorite pattern books.Â The first is Weekend Knitting, which has so many different types of easy to knit projects, that I find myself going back to it all the time.Â The book features everything from a flower shaped washcloth to a tote bag that unfolds to become a checker board.
My second recommendation for every knitter’s library is Last Minute Knitted Gifts. If it is not obvious enough from the title, it is a wonderful source of quick knit projects, which is great for someone who can’t seem to finish anything. The hourglass sweater (shown here) might be the most knitted sweater ever. Seriously, I think that I am the only one who doesn’t have one! (I look quite awful in most raglan sleeves) Other favorite projects include the angora baby booties, felted yoga mat carrier, and silk camisole. This book is great for clearing out stash yarn!
So tune in next time for my favorite yarn companies, designers, and other random bits of information.