I think it is always a happy moment to introduce the new friends we recently brought home to live with us... So, meet my new pals:
So, when I checked the website of Zauberball's maker, Schoppel-Wolle, and saw that they have a new similar make out there (this one is even 100% wool), I had to have it!! It is called XL Kleckse and is very soft (much more than the original Zauberball). It doesn't really have colour changes per se, but one colour in different intensity, an ombre effect of some sort. I can't wait to try it out in some stripes!
I especially love the green with the blue hues (colourway: Froschkönig - King of Frogs!!!).
Well, it definitely feels and looks like it is something a royal amphibian would be happy to be clad in.
It's true that the linen gives this sock yarn a very different feel - my ordinary sock yarn feels much more "plasticky" than this one, which is soft but firm!
And I knitted my little swatch of Alb Socke with my new, tiny, short circular needles!
After hearing so much about the merits of knitting socks with 9inch circulars, I had to try them out myself and bought a bunch of them...
Up to this point, I am still quicker with my DPNs and working with them feels much more natural and easy on my hands. The good thing with the small circulars is that one doesn't get any laddering at all (since the knitting goes round and round). Bad thing is that I need stitch markers to mark the beginning of the round and to differentiate the insole from the top part of the sock... something that my DPNs were showing me at one glance before.
Besides the HiyaHiya sharps I have bought the Addi Premium (with the golden cord) and the stainless steel HiyaHiya (with the bend needle, which by the way I am not sure about either at the moment), in different needle sizes and 9 inch and 12 inch cords...
So, which are the short circulars you like best (if you are liking them at all)?
And if so, why do you prefer them to DPNs?
I think that I am still on the fence with these...
But they definitely gain a big, important point because of their cuteness-factor!!!!!
(especially the HiyaHiya sharps with their teal coloured cord)