I can’t say enough about my Addi Rocket Lace Long Tip interchangeable needle set. This set includes 3 cord lengths, 24″, 32″ and 40″. I only have 2 cords in this picture because I am using the 3rd cord for my current project. I have had at least 1 project going at all times on this set since I purchased it.
The cords are very flexible and a dream to knit with. The cords have a little opening into which you can place a lifeline. I have not yet used this feature but I am certain it will come in very handy when I tackle more complicated lace.
The set includes long lace tips in sizes 4-11.
Also included is a center piece that will “lock” your work in place if you need to use the tips from your current project for another project.
I love this feature. I used this center piece when I recently traveled with knitting. I reasoned that if my tips were a problem on the plane, I could use the center piece to keep my knitting secure and put the tips away. Fortunately, my tips were not a problem and I passed through security without issue.
This set comes in a gorgeous pink case. I love the bright color and it helps me easily locate the needle set when I need it. Finally, the set includes a needle gauge and a cute heart shaped pin.
Overall, I couldn’t be more please with this set. I like taking the whole set when I travel. I love to hit local yarn stores and even start a new project when I’m travelling. However, I often don’t have the right needle size with me. I have occasionally even purchased duplicate needles just because I wanted to start a new project while travelling. Now I take my interchangeable set and I have most needle sizes I may need at my disposal.
I have often thought about knitting for charity. However, I have never before made the time for it. Recently I vowed to make charity knitting a priority. My pledge to myself, is that every time I finish a major project (like a shawl), I will knit one item for charity. The Ravelry Charity Knitting group as helped me find the right charity for donation. I have many leftover bits of yarn that are perfect for making baby items. Most of these leftover partial skeins of yarn are wool or wool-blend. However, many organizations prefer to avoid wool items for babies. On the Ravlery Charity Knitting Group, I found an organization called Maya Midwives of Guatemala, www.mayamidwifery.com. This group has need for warm baby items with a preference for wool or wool blend, but any fiber acceptable. The Ravelry group can help you find the right charity for you as well. Other charitable knitting projects include chemotherapy hats, hats and scarves for the homeless and Project Linus, which accepts handmade blankets for children. Many local yarn stores have events during which you can sit and knit for a particular charity. These events offer a great venue to connect with other knitters in your community.
I think charity knitting has some real benefits.
- You feel good about yourself
- You can use of all the leftover partial balls of yarn that come with completion of a project
- You can experiment with your own designs
- You can try new knitting skills
I have only managed to knit 4 charity items so far but am excited to continue to accumulate items. When I have a box full, I will send them on. If you know of other organizations that need donated knit items, please share your information by leaving a comment.
It was an amazing weekend at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival at the Jefferson Fairgrounds in Jefferson, Wisconsin. This was my first sheep and wool festival so I didn’t know what to expect. The classes were held in a large barn with curtain partitions. The gorgeous fall weather with sunshine and breezes one day and cool rain another made this setting lovely. There was another 2 barns with vendors. We loved perusing all the stalls and each purchased some beautiful hand-dyed yarn.
The highlight for both me and my sister was the Latvian mitten class with Mary Germain. We made a Christmas ornament-sized mitten and learned techniques for the cuff, picking up stitches at the thumb and tapering the top. She had a wonderful display of Latvain knitted mittens and socks as well as a collection of books on the topic. However, the most memorable part of the class was the personal stories she shared about learning to knit Latvian mittens from a local 80 year old woman who used to sell them in her knitting shop. She also spoke about her trips to Latvia and traditions she observed while she was there. She organized a walk and knit at the festival which is an event she first saw in Eastern Europe. We both left the class feeling confident about making more mittens. We also felt inspired to try new knitting challenges and see where it take us.
Overall, the fiber festival was a wonderful experience and one I will definitely try and repeat regularly.
One of the most exciting parts about any trip is planning my travel project. Tomorrow I will head out to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. This is the first flight I will take without children in over 9 years and I look forward to knitting time on the plane. Like many knitters, I am always nervous about having my knitting needles or tools confiscated at airport security. TSA has a website with answers to many frequently asked travel security restrictions (apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.asp). According to their website, wood, metal and plastic straight and circular knitting needles are allowed. You can also bring a small scissors with a blade measuring less than 4 inches. The scissors shown below meet this standard. However, a circular thread cutter, as pictured below, is considered a razor blade and is not allowed in carry on luggage. The TSA website also has a disclaimer, stating that the final decision about any item is at the discretion of the security team working at the time of your travel. In the past, I have always successfully traveled with knitting needles. This time, I am using my addi click lace long tips, which are near and dear to me. I am going to bring the central connector so I can remove the tips if asked. It’s also not a bad idea to bring some spare yarn and a yarn needle to thread your stitches onto, in case your needles are taken. I try to minimize my tools for travel as well, bringing only what I need in a clear plastic pouch. This time I will bring only a small scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers, a small crochet hook,
and my row counter ring. I try to use circular needles on a plane because I feel like the straight needles sometimes extend into the next seat over. I also usually pick a project that does not require intense concentration. You never know when your seatmate will need to use the restroom.
Happy knitting to any of you travelling to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival this week. I hope to see you knitting on the plane!