Tuesday, March 06, 2007

They're Here!

As soon as I saw the February 15, 2007 Knitters Review article on Skacel's Addi Turbo Lace needles, I pounced on the one store mentioned in the review expected to have them! Trouble is, so did dozens of other knitters eager to get their hands on the goods. I say "trouble" because I believe that while Yarn Lady understood the pent-up demand, Skacel might still have been a bit tentative.

I called the shop shortly after it opened and was told that at least 40 other people had already left messages. I was also told that the store would initially receive only 20 pairs of needles in each of the available sizes (2.5 - 4.0 mm / 1 - 6 US). This meant I would have to wait for the circulars I ordered. Not a bad thing when it turns out the wait was worth it.

addi lace needles sampleThere were a few things I noted as I knit this lace swatch. For one, the cable is a bit thinner and more pliable than the normal Addi circular. The cable joins are seamless and did not snag the fingering weight yarn. There is a bit of grab to the brass unlike their slick nickel siblings, making the lightweight stitches easier to manage and less prone to slipping off the needles.

Addi tip compareNow, the taper and the points? That's the deal-breaker, isn't it. I compared two size 4 US Addi circulars and the 3 millimeter difference in the taper length will definitely be more to the liking of lace knitters – a bit more wind-up before the pitch. And the tips? You'd be hard pressed to call these "stumpos" as the tip is rounded just enough to avoid puncture wounds, but just right for those "k3tog through the back loop" gymnastics.

I really like these needles, even though one of the two I ordered had a small defect on the tip. Since they're Addis, the shop will replace them without question. Although there may still be a few kinks in the early production run, I believe Addi Turbo Lace circulars should be on every sock and lace knitters wish list. I can't wait until they're more widely available.

(Edited to add) I bought sizes 4 and 6US in the 32" length. I'll probably custom order 20" lengths in smaller sizes at some point for sock duty.

(Edited again) Just found the needles available online at Angelika's.

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Blogger Opal said...

Great review! I'm especially glad to hear that they're not as slippery as the nickel. I can not wait to get my hands on some of these.

3/06/2007 07:13:00 PM  
Blogger AmyArtisan said...

Thanks for the review - I'll have to keep an eye out for them. I knit my socs on Addi circs & loved them - have already thought that I need to get more. :)

3/06/2007 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous jess said...

the tips look great! thanks for the review -- sadly I am allergic to brass and even with the resin coating, I think I will have problems with them. Luckily the KP needles work for me, but I am so happy to see Addi/Skacel listen to the knitters! :)

3/06/2007 10:16:00 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Be careful with those pointy things;)
It was nice to see them. I've seen the talk of them for a little while now, but these were the first photos that I've seen.

3/06/2007 11:07:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

I got mine today too! Niiiiiiccccceee!

What length did you get?

3/07/2007 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got three pairs myself! But I haven't even taken them out of the bag so I am so glad you did a review on them. And these needles are just the beginning of the shipments - more sizes expected in the near future I read. Gonna order some custom length cords anytime? And yes, what length did you choose? Happy knitting w. the Addis! take care, Terry

3/07/2007 08:19:00 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Oh, I want some, too! I haven't seen them around here yet, though.

3/07/2007 08:57:00 AM  
Blogger BertandFelix said...

I will so be on the hunt for them now!!

3/07/2007 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

So glad to hear the brass makes them less slippery - one of my issues with metal needles - I will have to try them now...

3/07/2007 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Knitting Bandit said...

yay! I "pe-ordered" a set of #1's at my LYS this weekend. Glad I did, based on what you're saying the demand is. They should have them this week or next. Great review.

3/07/2007 03:31:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Thanks for the helpful review! Hopefully some of my LYS will be getting them soon...

3/08/2007 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

I definitely want to get some, but I'm not in need, as it were. I'll get some eventually, I'm sure.

3/09/2007 04:22:00 PM  

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