The next month I started Adamas, using some laceweight from Knitpicks. (Pre-blogging days – I’ll drag it out to photograph one day when it’s not raining…) I bought some 3.75mm/US 5 circular Addi Turbos specifically for the job, which produced an airier fabric than I would have wanted (I hadn’t yet realized the extreme looseness of my purling) but the tips of the needles were not something I had to put much thought into. Lace is supposed to be hard, right? It came out well for a first shawl, and I was very proud.
Fast forward to this past summrer, when I started my EZ Pi Shawl. I wanted a more solid fabric, I had more of an idea how to make this work, so I went down a couple needle sizes. The only 3.25mm/US3 needles I had were these:
They are the only needles readily available in my town, Clover bamboo circulars. I used them anyway. I cursed the joins when my laceweight merino snagged. I kept using them. The k2togs were unreasonably difficult, and k3tog was nearly impossible. I plodded onward. I wondered at the masochism of knitters who churn out lace, wondered what I was doing wrong, and finally called the darned thing finished and knit the border. Becasue of my frustration, the shawl is perhaps a few inches short of the desired diameter, and doesn’t get much wear. Makes a nice antimacassar on the rocking chair; not that there’s much macassar used around here.
When I decideded to knit my handspun shawl, I looked for a pointier needle. I found one I liked in a tangle of second-hand circulars I bought off eBay when I first started knitting. It was grey, pointy-tipped, and the right size, so I used it. Some internet research informed me that what I had in hand was a Susan Bates Quicksilver needle, that they are still produced and dirt-cheap. I bought a few, and I’ve found them quite adequate.
For the Starlight wrap, I started out using my trusty SBQ 3.25mm/US3 and quickly found I’m not satisfied.
This pattern is good and hard. My yarn is teeny-teeny-tiny, and suddenly the slightly-rounded tips of my dear needles are no longer sufficient.
Not sharp enough.
You know what I am lusting after. Addi lace needles…
Of course I heard about them when they first came out (I was one who sent an email reqesting their development!) but I wanted to hear the reviews before I shelled out the money. Now, when I feel in desperate need, they are sold out all over the internet. Sold. Out. Not shipping until May.
So this morning I called around yarn shops in Anchorage, where my darling husband happens to be at the moment, and located a 24″ 3.25mm Addi Lace Needle (at the Yarn Branch, for anyone who needs to know.) After ascertaining that they would indeed hold it until Andy came to pick it up, I called him and begged the favor. He agreed readily, but asked why I didn’t simply request the shop to mail it down to me, since he’s to be out of town until next week. I called back the shop.
My needle will be in the post today. Should be in my anxious little paws in a couple short days. *Huge sigh of relief…*
So why the rambling monologue? Well I had to justify this:
Hmmm, yes… Spring Startitis has struck me hard. In my defense, it was sunny yesterday, and wool socks seemed a little… confining? I have had this yarn in the stash for a very long time (Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Barn Red) and decided yesterday afternoon to make a summery top from it. So Rusted Root it is. The pattern is basically a top-down raglan, with a simple lace pattern off-set on the front (the ol’ Addi Turbo #5s are at it again…) so it’s going quickly, I’m already to the sleeve shaping.
Should keep me occupied until the new lace needle gets here anyway…