It’s been a slow week for the KAL — I’m sure partly because of the Labor Day weekend in the U.S.
Here’s my progress this week — I’ve knitted through the setup rows.
The needle comments just keep rolling in! With all this talk about Bryspun I was really curious to try them.
Then on Saturday I noticed one of my LYS started carrying Bryspun circs. We’re pretty friendly so I mentioned to her that I had heard there was a problem and they had been discontinued or recalled. She said she just received the shipment a few days ago. Hmmm.
I walked around the store a little more and she popped back over and offered to give me a pair to take home for free to try out. If I like them and they stay together, then just come back and pay for them (I’m in there at least once a weekend anyway, plus I’m teaching a class there in a couple weeks), and if I don’t like them or there’s a join problem just bring them back and let her know.
So I took them home and cast on for River. I knit the entire setup rows without a hitch. Then I stretched out the lace and bam (no, the needles didn’t break apart!) the lace was HUGE. Those YOs were almost the size of quarters. They looked like holes rather than eyelets.
I’ve had this happen before. Usually I’m a right on gauge knitter (the recommended needles seem to work for me) but every now and then the combo of needle and yarn completely distort my gauge.
So I went back on Sunday and exchanged them for a much smaller size (4.5mm/US 7). I’ve again knit through the setup rows and it’s looking much nicer. And the joins still seem fine.
I will say that the tip on the 6.5mm/US 10.5 was not quite as sharp as I would have liked. But it’s a pretty big needle (and how often are you knitting lace on that large a size?). The 4.5mm point is quite nice.
As for whether or not I’ll knit other lace with these needles — I’m not sure. They’re OK. They’re certainly not crap. And I actually like the cable alot — more than my Addi’s. Why? It’s made of a flexible rubber that doesn’t kink and relaxes as soon as you take it out of the case. Yes I can boil my Addis to make them relax, but still, every now and then, the cable gets a little funky and needs to be dealt with. This Bryspun cable has none of that.
My perfect needle would be Addi circs with the Bryspun cable. Heaven.
As for the problem with Bryspun circs — caveat emptor. I’m not sure if I’ve gotten lucky or if a new batch recently came out. So be careful! It’d be horrible to be knitting away on lace and have the needles fall apart.
Brenda has also completed the setup rows.
This is Estee’s first lace project. She had one false start and has re-cast on. Go give her a little encouragement!
Heather was motoring along when she realized she was doing half of the repeat incorrectly and is probably going to start anew. I think Heather needs a little TLC too.
Kellee also cast on this week. I think she’s about halfway through the setup rows (it’s always hard to tell in lace). She’s using the autumn colorway of Alpaca Cloud — very pretty!
Liz also completed the cast on rows. She’s using KSS and the subtle variations look gorgeous for River! The yarn is a perfect match for this pattern.
Other FOs in the KAL
A huge benefit to hosting a KAL is that you get to visit ALOT of blogs. I try to checkout everyone on the KAL at some point each weekend and note who’s made River progress. This week I came across 2 non-River FOs that are really worth mentioning.
Marichan finished her Union Square Market Pullover. The sweater is great. You really have to look at all the details — she’s done a FABULOUS job making all those edges look so perfect.
If you love lace you’ll flip over Melissa’s amazing shawl. It’s nothing short of stunning.
Non-bloggers in the KAL — how are you doing? Leave a comment so we know, and feel free to send me pics to post.