I love needles
LOVE. Well, ok, I love everything about knitting. There’s just something about the tools of ones craft that makes me want to collect them all. For example, I cannot be left alone in an office supply store…the pens! the markers! the paper! Same with yarn stores and their notion/needle sections.
I collect needles
I’m a firm believer in using the right tool for each job. Knitting is no exception. For cottons and slippery fibers, I choose bamboo or wooden needles; for most wools I prefer metal; for super-firm/non-stretchy yarns I like plastic. But my favorite, and the ones I always return to are metal.
I love the quickness, the zoom factor. When I heard a new metal needle was on the market I jumped at the opportunity to review them. I already have sets of Karbonz, Dreamz, and Nova’s. Now Nova Platina is available, and boy are they sweet!
How are these different from the regular (still awesome) Nova’s? First, they are chrome plated. As much as I love my regular metal needles, the nickel plating tends to tarnish over time. Also, stainless steel needles give me the willies with some weird texture issues I have. With chrome, both of these problems are solved; I get super smooth knitting with no more tarnish! Also, these could be great for people with nickel allergies—more testing required.
Second, they are pointer. Yes, they are the pointiest needles I have ever used. If you’re a fan of pointy, look no further! These needles have a nice long smooth taper. Perfect for lace or anything that requires tricky stitch manipulation. As a lace knitter, I LOVE the points!
Like all Knitter’s Pride needle sets, the cords are soft and flexible with very little memory. They are also interchangeable and come in different lengths. This is especially important when you have as many needle sets as I do…all the parts work together!
Here’s everything in the deluxe set. It comes with needle tips in sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, and 11; 4 cords in sizes 24″, 32″ (you get 2 of these), and 40″; a carry case for the cords; a carry case for the tips; PLUS a set of needle size tags. Each cord comes with a key and end caps. It’s a huge set of pure AWESOME.
I’ve had these needles for some time now and have used them almost exclusively for many projects. Currently on the needles, a super secret project for a magazine. Another Mulinello sample for shows. And a secret sweater for an upcoming collection. I can only show you a photo of Mulinello.
Check out those points!
These are now my first choice when starting a new project. I’m disappointed if I go to cast on but the size I need is already in use. I will have to stock up on some extra points—another thing I love about these sets; the tips are available individually so you can get extras of the sizes you use the most.
If the needles themselves weren’t amazing enough, the wonderful folks at Knitter’s Pride have donated an entire set to my Fogliame KAL! This means, if you participate in, and finish your project before May 1st, you can enter to win a DELUXE set of Nova Platinas! Doesn’t that make you want to cast on right away? Head over to the KAL thread and get started—another prize donation will be announced next week!