And People Say Knitting Relieves Stress ...

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It ain’t always so.

Look at what I did to my brand new, high-quality needles after casting on and knitting just two rounds:

Bent Needle

The worst part of it is, they’re too small for the project for which I bought them ... so I may get to repeat this fun with another set of circulars! The good news is the needles are still usable ... it’s just that they’re so small, I don’t know what I might use them for. (I said I’d never knit a sweater from sock yarn, but maybe I spoke too soon.)

Remind me...

...not to let you play with my anvil.

In my defense ...

Those needles are just 2 mm in diameter. I doubt I’d have much effect on your anvil.

.. must ... not .. don't ...

[fighting madly not to pick up that straight line]


Are you casting on with the circular needles? Those look like straight ones, but I wondered from what you said here. I always do the cast on with straight needles and change to the circular after the second row or later as the garment gets larger.

But I don't have the patience to knit with small needles and small yarn. Hard enough with the larger ones! :)


Yes, these are circular needles. The type of needle seems to make no difference at all in my ability to do a good cast-on.

Your experience is probably what logic would predict, but I have found that bulky weight yarn or above is harder for me to work with than fingering weight or so. I’ve yet to try laceweight (although I do have some lovely laceweight yarn tucked away), however.

That's why

That's why there are so many different products and methods in the world for most everything, I guess. What appeals to one just doesn't to others. I like the bulkier knits to wear, and find working with small yarn and needles tedious and slow... but that's just me. :)

That's one of the things I think has been the problem with using the wool yarn I bought to make a vest. When I do a test swatch, regardless of the needle size, I find the "fabric" created too thin. Maybe I'd be happier using a double strand. Then maybe I could use larger needles and a pattern I already have. I'll do a test swatch and see what happens to the gauge. It's a little more effort to knit with a double strand, but I've done it before.

And I never heard of "laceweight" yarn! [smile]

Oh, it gets even smaller!

Holding the yarn doubled might just be the ticket for your vest, then. Good luck with it.

For comparison purposes, below are two photos—the blue yarn is laceweight, or 2-ply; the purple, bulky, or 12-ply. (I have some super-bulky yarn, but don’t have a photo of it.)

Chameleon Colorworks Belezza lace yarn

Cascade 128

And there’s yarn smaller than laceweight—cobweb, which is a single ply, and some people even knit with threadweight, which is subdivided into sizes. Given what I can do to metal needles, I can’t even contemplate knitting at that fine weight.


The minute I read about "cobweb" yarn, I had a waking nightmare about trying to untangle it! Good old 4 ply acrylic is bad enough sometimes.

And I can just imagine the "thread" type. I bought lovely silk embroidery floss once and nearly lost my mind trying to separate the lengths to use single strands. It slithered right out of my hands sometimes, no matter how hard I held onto it, or jammed into hopeless tangles.

I hear that the new bamboo stuff is even more intimidating. Have you tried any of that yarn yet?