Ohhh! New Needles!!

On my knitterly shopping spree, when I bought my lovely Namaste needle binder, I suffered a problem well know to knitters.

Another item just jumped into my basket! I didn’t put them there! Honest! 😮

I just had to have these…

Also from Namaste, glass knitting needles…

“Won’t they break??”, I thought that – they are made from Borosilicate glass. For those of you who are not chemists, that’s the technical name for the process of adding boron to the glass to toughen it – the branded product you’ll know is Pyrex! I will not be testing how much abuse they can stand though – they will be treated with love and respect.

They are just Sooooo pretty! I was really taken with these yellow and black ones – they remind me of the tiny yellow ladyirds you sometimes see…

I think that was a better picture of them – one of the many things I have learnt from writing this blog is just how hard it is to take a decent picture! You try taking a picture of glass knitting needle and you’ll see! “Respect” to professional photographers! 😉

…but what are they like to use?

Pretty darned good!! They are 5mm, coincidentally the right size for Orford, my current project (rather convenient the right size jumped into my basket huh?). I know I’m a bad, naughty knitter but I changed onto my new needles straight away – halfway through the back! (It didn’t show – phew!)

At first the tips grated together slightly and I was thinking, “oh dear, this could be an expensive mistake…”. After about 40ish rows, they seemed to have worn in (or I got used to them!) and the tips are now silky smooth. The shaft is also perfectly smooth and has very little “grip” on the yarn. This makes it very easy to slide the stitches along ( a pet hate of mine is when you have to stop and shove the next stitches up the needle in bunches.)

They were an extravagance. I didn’t need them but I think they were worth it.

Heck!! I’m worth it!

…..I wonder what other sizes there are…… 😳

5 Responses

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  1. Cheryl
    Cheryl July 23, 2007 at 7:19 pm |

    I like them they are lovely,going to get round hubby for a pair.

  2. Rachel
    Rachel July 24, 2007 at 5:56 pm |

    You are worth it, it feels great to use lovely yarn & needles. It’s a shame not to, if you’re good at it. Your new project looks great, btw. Your strategy of doing one thing at a time certainly keeps things moving!

  3. Arianwen
    Arianwen July 26, 2007 at 6:31 am |

    They are lovely. just don’t carry them anywhere! I fell and my brand new Britany needles were underneath me I smashed them to smitherens – very sad.

  4. Soo
    Soo July 26, 2007 at 11:50 am |

    Oooooh – I’ve been tempted by those glass needles. They look gorgeous.

    I have the Namaste needle binder as well — and love it. It adds a bit of style to my knitting corner. Most useful for me – I have a couple of the pencil case type pages that I use for measuring tapes, stitch markers, row counters, scissors …and well all those odds and ends that never had a home before!

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