Finishing up projects often leaves naked needles lying around my house and we certainlycan’t have that, can we? Actually, there have been far too many empty needle bags and I’m wondering where all those needles have wandered off to so the moment has come to corral them! A good movie (Jane Eyre) is in the DVD player, finished socks are soaking in the sink, the little Westie is napping so I think now is a good time to pull out the needle sizer and figure out which needle goes where.
One thing I have discovered this afternoon is that the vast majority of my circular needles are ADDI TURBOS. They are known for their slick nickel plating and, more importantly, the smooth joins of their cords. There is nothing more frustrating than having the yarn get stuck on the join as you are knitting and having to pause to get it over the join. This is the single most important factor that I look for in a circular needle. When there is a need for speed, I turn to my Addi Turbos because the yarn slides effortlessly over their smooth surfaces!
This German manufacturer also makes bamboo (Addi Natura) and laceweight (Addi Turbo Lace)needles. The bamboo ones are my favorite for knitting fair isle. I also like the laceweight but they do leave a ‘brassy metalic’ smell on my hands. But that sharp point? Perfect for lace.
I keep my needles in their original bags and they sit in Longaberger basket grouped by needle size. They are starting to outgrow their basket and I’m toying with the idea of purchasing a couple of Namaste Circular Needle cases. Sheri (The Loopy Ewe) wrote a post about needle and pattern storage not to long ago which got me thinking about organizing my circulars.
Do you have a favorite circular needle brand? How do you organize yours?
Update: 15 empty needle bags and the needles are unaccounted for. I’m not sure that I really want to discover that I have 15 unfiinished projects stuffed away!