Sunday, January 30, 2011

Broken Knitting Needles

When I was finishing up the yellow dishcloth the tips broke off of both knitting needles on the circular set of needles I was using.  The needle on the left is one of the needles with the tip broken off - the one on the right is a the same brand needle but different size needle with the tip intact.
I dug these 12" straight needles out of my knitting stuff and used them to finish the yellow dishcloth.  I don't like using these long needles as I am always hitting the arms of my chair with them.  They are very awkward to hold and knit while sitting in my recliner.
 When I was in Hastings the other day I purchased a better set of circular needles - the ones on the right in the photo.  The old broken needles were size 7 but the new ones I purchased are size 6.  I have found that size numbers on knitting needles are not universal so the sales clerk measured the ones I had been using with a plastic needle sizer that had holes of the different sizes - must have been the sizes of these Addi Turbo needles.  Anyway my 7s were a little smaller than the 7 Addi Turbo and a little larger than the 6 Addi Turbo.  Since I knit loose at times I decided to purchase the size 6.

These needles are really slick so are very easy to knit on.  They are more expensive to buy too costing around $16.  Don't remember what the Balene II cost but think it was in the $5 to $7 range but if they break after using them for a while it is not worth the cost.  I have made quite a few dishcloths with the set that broke but will enjoy these new slick metal ones for years.

Until Later,


paula, the quilter said...

I've broken circulars before, but at the join of the cable to the needle. Like a broken needle tip, there is not much you can do to fix that problem. I hope you like the Addi Turbos. I have several pairs. My problem is that I can not use ANY metal (cheap or expensive) because I clutch and that makes my hands ache. I don't seem to have that problem with wood or bamboo.

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

I had no idea the different brands were different sizes. Must have gotten that idea from clothing manafacturers...Sharyn

Carol said...

Well I jsut LOVE my Addi Turbos and I think that they are worth the few extra dollars in the long run and the yarn works pretty smoothly. I hope you 2 contine to enjoy them.
Dish Cloths are a great small project and yours look really nice. I have the same problem with the final corner so I can't help there.


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