I showed you this case last week…
I brought it home to play. I’m really looking forward these new interchangeable needle sets. I first found out about them last month, when I saw this.
Joel told me that these were a sample for the new interchangeable needle sets.
Aren’t they pretty? They have the same tips as the other Lantern Moon circulars, and the same useful swivel at the join.
I took both the ebony and rosewood needles with me when I went away last weekend, as well as my current project on a 16 inch size 8 circular needle. Here’s what I know:
The tips on my size 8 ebony circulars measure 3.5 inches. When I first got them, I was afraid the tips would be too short to be comfortable to knit with, but that hasn’t been the case. They fall pretty naturally under my hands.
The tips on the sample needles measure 4.5 inches, but that’s too long to make a comfortable 16 inch circular. Joel told me that they’ll be a half inch shorter, so that means they’ll be 4 inches long in real life. The maximum length of the tips has to be determined by the shortest cable, in this case the cable for a 16 inch circular. He made a sample with the shorter tips, and they were approved by knitters in the office. They should be perfect!
I cast on with the rosewood needles for a new project while was away. I changed to an ebony tip after the first row. I’m knitting with one of each, trying to decide which I like better. I like them both, but I think I like ebony just a tiny bit more! That’s just my personal preference; your mileage may vary.
The interchangeable needle sets will have tips sizes US 4 through 13 (3.5 mm through 9.0 mm), and cables to make circular needles 17, 26, 32, and 40 inches. (17 inches? Yes, so we can have the slightly longer tips!) They’re on their way. I’ll give a heads up when they get here.