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Abby123
03-13-2010, 12:14 AM
I love my ball winder. I bought it at Stitches West maybe 2 weeks ago.
Today, I used it for the first time. I unraveled 3 commercial sweaters to use the yarn. Was only planning to do one sweater. But it is fun. The yarn looks sooooo pretty in neat little cones. Yes, this ball winder has turned me into a mad woman. Hunting around for something else to take apart.

Why didn't I buy one sooner?

So it made me wonder.
What other gadgets make knitting easier?

What do you wish you discovered sooner?

N0obKnitter
03-13-2010, 01:05 AM
Tea cosy. The one I had (that I loved) went missing when I moved. They are expensive, so I didn't buy one for a long time and instead, wrapped my teapot in towels lol.

I'm not advanced enough as a knitter to knit one, eh?

Gertie
03-13-2010, 02:30 AM
My Denise interchangeables. They're all I use now.

Debkcs
03-13-2010, 05:00 AM
Addi Turbos, love them.

Woodi
03-13-2010, 08:48 AM
Me too on the Addi Turbos. They slide so quickly, knitting goes faster.

I also adore the circular needles, which are relatively new to the knitters' market, right? For years I struggled on 4 needles, or even two for a long blanket or shawl.

Jackie M.
03-13-2010, 11:51 AM
I don't know what an addi turbo is. :aww:

Jan in CA
03-13-2010, 12:19 PM
My KP Options. I wouldn't have had to spend so much time futzing with the cheapos with the insane cables!

I don't know what an addi turbo is. :aww:

Really nice, really expensive circular needles. ;)

Debbie
03-13-2010, 12:26 PM
I'm with Jan, my KP Options !

Debbie
03-13-2010, 12:29 PM
Noobknitter, If you knit two squares and seam 3 sides you will have a tea cosy! You could even leave a slot on one side for the spout. :) You can make almost anything out of a few squares !

Jackie M.
03-13-2010, 12:40 PM
[quote=Really nice, really expensive circular needles. ;)[/quote]

Which explains why I don't know what they are. ;)

RuthieinMaryland
03-13-2010, 02:12 PM
KP OPTIONS!!!!!! :woohoo:

Just wonderful!

Ruthie :)

N0obKnitter
03-13-2010, 04:30 PM
KP OPTIONS!!!!!! :woohoo:

Just wonderful!

Ruthie :)

Is that the nickel-plated interchangeables???

CivicSista
03-13-2010, 04:48 PM
I love my Knit Pick Harmony interchangeables. I adore circulars now.

Jan in CA
03-13-2010, 06:09 PM
Is that the nickel-plated interchangeables???

Yes, Options are nickel plated, Harmonys are wood, Zephyrs are acrylic.

etoilechaude
03-13-2010, 06:21 PM
I definitely couldn't live without my KPoptions, but I pretty much bought those 4 weeks after I started knitting... so I don't feel like I waited too long ;o)

I'm absolutely in love with my swift and winder though! It's just so nice to be able to wind yarn only when you're ready to use it :o)

N0obKnitter
03-13-2010, 06:41 PM
KP OPTIONS!!!!!! :woohoo:

Just wonderful!

Ruthie :)

I definitely couldn't live without my KPoptions, but I pretty much bought those 4 weeks after I started knitting... so I don't feel like I waited too long ;o)

I'm absolutely in love with my swift and winder though! It's just so nice to be able to wind yarn only when you're ready to use it :o)

Whereabouts can those winders be found?

etoilechaude
03-13-2010, 07:25 PM
I actually ordered my swift and winder both from knitpicks.com

One of my main considerations was "what if it breaks" - as I've seen quite a few winders break at LYSs... which is why I ordered from knitpicks, I just KNOW the amazing customer service will replace anything that breaks no questions asked!

They also have a very reasonable (imo) price.

Links to both:
http://www.knitpicks.com/accessories/Knitting_Yarn_Ball_Winder__D80583.html
http://www.knitpicks.com/accessories/Knitting_Yarn_Swift__D80083.html

cacunn
03-13-2010, 07:31 PM
I got my ball winder on eBay, a Jumbo for about $35 (US).

I notice the comments on the Addi, they are great needles but as said expensive. I love Hiya Hiya needle and am falling in love with their interchangeable. about 1/2 the price of the Addi and almost as good.

lissaplus2
03-13-2010, 07:34 PM
I have to say, my Addi circulars...life is much easier with my Addi's!!
Just bought KP Options yesterday so they are on the way to me....jury still out on those, but I couldnt live without my Addi's.

MoniDew
03-13-2010, 09:56 PM
Which explains why I don't know what they are. ;)


I think that's the point of this thread. I really wouldn't have thought that an expensive needle would make such a huge difference in the ease of my knitting. But they certainly do! And I truly wish I would have let myself spend the money for that level of quality a whole lot sooner! Now, I own several Addi's turbo circs, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

N0obKnitter
03-13-2010, 10:14 PM
i would also like to sing the praises of the soy tart warmer + soy tarts I bought off a lady on ebay. Freaking awesome. 1 tiny soy tart de-stinked my boyfriend's large house. In his house: three males, one of which is a 6 year old boy. Two big smelly dogs, 1 smelly cat.

lelvsdgs
03-13-2010, 11:49 PM
I have three things:
KP Options
KP Harmony
and Silver's On the Town Knitting bags.

Love all three and have made it easier to organize my knitting projects.

Jan in CA
03-14-2010, 01:50 AM
1 smelly cat.

Oh no..now I have that song going through my head - "smelly, smelly cat, what are they feeding you...?" :roflhard:

ArtLady1981
03-14-2010, 01:59 AM
My wooden yarn swift, and my Royal ball winder! :thumbsup:

borealowl
03-15-2010, 02:47 PM
I bought a ball winder recently from Knit Picks at the amazingly low price of 19.99 and it works just great. Now I need a swift. Nice not to hand wind the balls anymore.

lovemyknitting
03-19-2010, 12:26 AM
I definitely couldn't live without my KPoptions, but I pretty much bought those 4 weeks after I started knitting... so I don't feel like I waited too long ;o)

I'm absolutely in love with my swift and winder though! It's just so nice to be able to wind yarn only when you're ready to use it :o)
I'm with Evan! I just bought a ball winder and swift from knitpicks and I bought the option needles, and my blocking boards and the blocking wires! LOL Spent a TON of money but hey I deserve it!

melmac51
03-19-2010, 10:49 AM
Oh no..now I have that song going through my head - "smelly, smelly cat, what are they feeding you...?" :roflhard:

me too :teehee:

N0obKnitter
03-19-2010, 11:20 AM
Noobknitter, If you knit two squares and seam 3 sides you will have a tea cosy! You could even leave a slot on one side for the spout. :) You can make almost anything out of a few squares !

I dunno how to seam...yet

cacunn
03-19-2010, 01:11 PM
I dunno how to seam...yet

Simple go to the video section - Tips Stitches & More (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips) a couple of screens down is a section on sewing pieces together. I would suggest the mattress stitch as an easy start.

N0obKnitter
03-19-2010, 01:22 PM
Simple go to the video section - Tips Stitches & More (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips) a couple of screens down is a section on sewing pieces together. I would suggest the mattress stitch as an easy start.

Thanks, but it doesn't make sense to me, where did the working yarn come from?

Lisa R.
03-19-2010, 06:05 PM
Thanks, but it doesn't make sense to me, where did the working yarn come from?

I didn't have time to watch the video, but when seaming, you use either a tail of yarn that you left hanging for that purpose, or a new length of yarn (just as you'd use thread for sewing another garment).

cacunn
03-20-2010, 09:25 PM
Already answered - Didn't read far enough -

Gertie
04-27-2010, 09:10 PM
Some handy tools I keep are Boye Yarn sleeves (http://www.google.com/products?q=boye+yarn+sleeves&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7ADRA_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=W4nXS4X9Ho7a8QTg4NyRBw&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=title&resnum=3&ved=0CBoQrQQwAg).

When your skein or ball is coming apart, they're great for holding it together. My knitting is very interrupted & all the extra handling of in & out of the bag can make skeins & balls come loose. Wish I had these sooner.

chlorinated8
04-27-2010, 09:37 PM
I can't believe I did any projects without stitch markers. I am always paranoid that I dropped a stitch and I won't notice til it's so bad I have to frog the whole thing! They are cheap, not terribly fancy, but I can't believe I ever knit without them!

Lisa R.
04-29-2010, 06:47 PM
Some handy tools I keep are Boye Yarn sleeves (http://www.google.com/products?q=boye+yarn+sleeves&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7ADRA_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=W4nXS4X9Ho7a8QTg4NyRBw&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&ct=title&resnum=3&ved=0CBoQrQQwAg).

When your skein or ball is coming apart, they're great for holding it together. My knitting is very interrupted & all the extra handling of in & out of the bag can make skeins & balls come loose. Wish I had these sooner.

I never knew what these were for till I started winding my own center pull balls! Someone had a link for making them with those bath "poufs," and I use my homemade ones all the time! Just unwind the "pouf" and cut to size for your ball...and tie a knot!

Lisa R.
04-29-2010, 06:49 PM
Thanks, but it doesn't make sense to me, where did the working yarn come from?

Your ball of yarn. You thread the needle with yarn from your ball when you're ready to seam....just like sewing with thread.

Gertie
04-29-2010, 10:33 PM
Bath poufs. Smart! :thumbsup:

ArtLady1981
05-01-2010, 06:18 PM
Baby clippies! I use them for holding the edges together for mattress seaming. I use them for "mock seaming" an entire sweater together for a "fitting" prior to blocking and seaming.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3027/2452257987_2b9d0ce71d.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3389/3579185231_404dfeed6c.jpg?v=0

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2362/3536547357_d8c129d3b1.jpg?v=0

BELOW: Checking length of sleeve#1 BEFORE knitting the 2nd sleeve! Sleeve length is critical IMO. A poorly fit sleeve can spoil the look of a sweater, and is a guarantee that you won't like wearing it either.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3390/3513433489_ee4f16bf7e.jpg

This is a perfect length for me.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3377/3513433263_e791763c84.jpg

BELOW: Before deciding on a sleeve length for this GROVE (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ArtLady/grove) coat, I needed to know FOR SURE where the shoulder seams would fall: to the edge of my shoulders, or down over my shoulders? As you can plainly see, these shoulders dropped down over my natural shoulder, and I made my sleeves accordingly shorter due to that information.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3059/2822917982_56d14e89a0.jpg

BABY CLIPPIES rock! So useful in so many ways!!!
PS: they DO NOT hurt the knitting. You clip them just one stitch from the edge, the mattress seamline.