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Snippet & knitting [Jun. 21st, 2011|11:03 pm]
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There's a new snippet from Book IV of Paladin's Legacy up at the Paksworld blog.    Also a couple of pictures of the current knitting projects--but I'm putting up a different image of Project #2 here, to show how the variegated yarn looks over the length of the piece.   Project #2 is a 6 inch wide scarf, done with Berocco Comfort yarn (Sanibel Island) on size 8 (American)  KnitPicks acrylic needle tips and a short cable:

I am loving this yarn--it has an incredibly soft, cuddly hand.   Project #1 is in the same yarn but a different color blend (you can see it on the Paksworld blog.)   I'm finding the acrylic needles good for travel because they're a bit grippier and thus the yarn doesn't slide off too easily when traveling.   Otherwise I prefer the wooden needle tips because they aren't so grippy and particularly on the wide projects like #1 (40 inches wide) it helps to have the stitches move easily along the needles.

[User Picture]From: jekni
2011-06-22 11:00 am (UTC)
For a further bit of difference, the KnitPro (new name for Knit Picks) Nova chrome tips are really beautifully slippy, more so even than the laminated birch ones. I have a set of the Nova and they're my favourites.

Love the colours in your yarn. I don't think we get that brand here in Australia.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-06-22 11:45 am (UTC)
I got the sample kit of their needles--wood, acrylic, chromed--and tried all three. I have always liked wooden needles and the amount of slip/grip feels right to me (and I like the sound), though I've used aluminum needles before. So my favorite right now are the wood, except that the acrylic makes a good travel needle (and also was accepted by the courthouse security, which I'm sure the metal would not be, and the wood might not be.) The chrome tips just don't feel that good in my hands (a very personal feel, and a reason to try the various kinds of needles.) If I knitted tighter, I might want the extra slippiness, but my stitches move just right on wood (possibly because I learned to knit on wooden needles?) I know people who think bamboo needles are the absolute best...others who swear by steel.

Yarn--with all those sheep, you should get some lovely yarns as well. I remember seeing people knitting on my visits to Australia, though I hadn't started it again yet.

Edited at 2011-06-22 11:47 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: jekni
2011-06-23 11:54 am (UTC)
Yes, it's very definitely a personal thing - I used to knit tighter and always needed to go up a size after doing my tension square, which I don't need to do with the chrome tips. I'm also attached to my casein needles which are great when my wrists hurt; although they're straights like my KnitPro Symfonie set and I tend to use circulars for almost everything these days.

We're very lucky in the yarns we have in Australia as there is a really good variety (yes, it's all those sheep! - check out Bendigo Woollen Mills if you have time) but I'm always looking for different ones to try. There are some lovely possum yarns coming out of NZ these days that I am saving up to try. Love the internet buying options nowadays.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-06-22 02:21 pm (UTC)
And...which color are you now using? Or multiples? (I like your hair--it is so definitely YOU. I looked at some bright wigs at A-Kon but ran out of time (in the crush) to try one on.
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From: 6_penny
2011-06-24 04:25 pm (UTC)
Kindle is now listing book III for advanced purchase. I'm going to be chewing on my nails until the release.
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