When I started knitting, I used needles that I bought at JoAnns. I got pretty frustrated with them pretty quickly because the aluminum ones were so slippery and the wooden ones were too rough. One of my early projects required circular needles and since I was clueless about them I went to The Whole Nine Yarns and asked for help. They sold me my first pair of addi Turbos and my knitting life was changed forever. They were made of brass and while the yarn slipped over the needles easily it wasn’t so easy that I wasn’t able to keep my stitches where they belonged. I had some issues with the cords, as they’re pretty stiff but I got used to it.
I was so enamored with my addis that I built up quite a collection. In fact, as of today I have 38 pairs, ranging from size #0 to #15 . I have a few lace needles, but I don’t care for them that much. The tips are so sharp and pointy they make my finger tips sore.
I only ever considered buying a different brand of needle when I tried some Signature needles at Stitches Midwest last year. They were really nice, but at $42 a pair, it was easy to say no.
Then about 2 months ago, my only pair of size #2 addis were being used for a project and I needed a second pair. I went to TWNY to buy some and Caryn pulled out a size #2 in every brand they had. One of them was Knitter’s Pride Symphonie Dreamz. I was intrigued as soon as I saw the cute hot pink needles. (Pink is my favorite color, after all.) I opened the package and really liked the way they felt in my hands. I don’t like wooden needles as a rule, but these were really appealing. At $8, less than half the price of addi’s, I decided to give them a try.
I finished my project and was so in love with the Dreamz by the end that I was wanting more. Even thought I always preferred metal needles, the laminated birch wood of the Dreamz was literally a dream to knit with. The yarn slid smoothly and easily across the needles, they felt really good in my hands and I found the cable to be much more flexible than the addis. (I have a couple of addi’s that have bent, inflexible cords and it’s really bothersome.)
About that time I got a WEBS catalog in the mail and it turns out they carry the whole KP Symphonie Dreamz line. I loved the look of the dpn’s and the interchangeables and the circulars and the straights and everything there was. ”I’ve got to have these”, I thought to myself.
About a week later I was down in Smyrna at Eat Sleep Knit and they had the entire KP line there on display. Yay! They were so pretty to look at and I even though I didn’t really need any more needles I walked out with a size #4.
Right now my collection is up to three needles. I bought my third pair off ebay since I had to use up my ebay bucks before they expired. I love all of them and want to get a pair in every size. But what am I going to do with all my addis? I feel kinda bad when I see them looking forlorn in my needle basket. I guess I will use them as my back-ups, and will be more willing to let my daughters borrow them when they need one.
But how can I justify buying new needles after accumulating such an impressive set of addis? This is a dilemma. I guess I will have to put them on my Christmas list and hope for the best.