Like many knitters, most of the projects I knit are improvised. I love designing my own garments and accessories and its so rewarding to see something in a store and create a copy yourself. My habit of improvising my projects started out as a knitting crutch. When I first started knitting I had no idea how to read a pattern. There were so many abbreviations and terms I did not know. As I became more familiar with knitting I started to decipher some patterns.
I’ve now knit many projects from other people’s patterns and I have to say being able to do a quick internet search and find a pattern that’s already written is a huge time saver. Sure, I still need to knit a swatch but someone else has done all the math for me. Still, sometimes I want to make alterations to someone else’s pattern to customize the fit.
Being able to construct a garment exactly have I want it is part of what I love about knitting but remembering what I did, what I changed, or even my gauge/needle size can be a challenge. This is where Ravelry project pages come in.
It occurred to me the other day while I was writing notes in Ravelry for a project I had test knit that I am not using my project pages to the fullest. Sure, it’s nice to have a picture log of everything I’ve knit but if I’m not including things like gauge, needle size, the yarn I used or the alterations I’ve made the project is not repeatable. Maybe repeating a project is not important to you but if you’re designing a pattern then knowing how you constructed the original garment is pretty important.
Also, other people’s project pages are a great resource for picking out patterns, figuring out tricky or unclear bits of the patterns, or making alterations. Just yesterday I was trying to decipher some pattern directions and I was able to find several other people who had the same question. One especially helpful knitter detailed her solution in her project notes. While I’m sure I would have figured it out it was nice to have someone’s notes to reference.
So in the past couple days I’ve stepped up my notes on my Ravelry project pages so that my notebook is more than a collection of pretty pictures. I can go back and look at my notes and see what worked and what did not. It’s something I really want to keep up with but Ravelry has always been something I’ve had a hard time committing to. I hope you found this post helpful and will look at your Ravelry project pages as a potential resource.
As I am typing this post I can hear my mother’s voice warning, ‘hate is a strong word Myra.’ And she is right, while I have strong negative feelings about addi turbos, I don’t hate them, I strongly dislike them. On top of being more expensive than other well liked brands such as Hiya-Hiya and ChiaoGoo, Addi Turbos just aren’t that nice. I have four reason why Addi’s just don’t stack up.
- The Dull Tips
- The Kinky Cord
- The Sticky Needles
- The Weird Sizing
So first off, the tips of Addi’s normal turbo line are super dull. They are let your baby play with them dull. (In case you missed it that was a joke! Letting you baby play with knitting needle is not a good idea. The cord could be a hazard and you should only let your baby play with age appropriate toys) The dull tips make it difficult to insert your needle without spiting the yarn and any sort of cabling or lace patter would be darn near impossible with these needles.
I really like to glide easily from stitch to stitch and with my addis every stitch is a struggle. I just don’t want my knitting to be a power play.
While the dull tip issue might not be a problem with some of Addi’s other lines like their Sock Rockets the next three problems do carry over to their Sock Rocket line. I cannot speak to some of Addi’s other needle types, like the lace needles because I haven’t used them.
The cord is super kinky, and not in a good way. It seems like all my addis came with kinked cords. The kink in the cords make the needles unruly and make it difficult to knit in magic loop. One of my favorite things about my ChiaoGoos is that I never have to worry about the cord getting a kink in it.
And on top of the dull tips and the kinky cord the needles are sticky!!!! It’s just gross. It feels like your knitting with a sticky note, which is just not the knitting experience I desire. The stickiness dose lessen over time but so far it has not completely gone away. Plus, the sticky feeling stays on my hands even after I my knitting down.
My final issue with the Addi needles is the sizing. For their smaller needles Addi does something funny. The call their 2.5o mm needle US size 1 and they call their 3.00 mm needles US size 2. The problem with this is that those sizes are not correct! A US size 1 is 2.25 mm and a 2.50mm is a US 1.5. If you think I making a mountain out of a mole hill, try knitting half a sock on a 2.25 mm and the other half on a 2.50 mm.
All in all, Addis just don’t stack up to the other brands available.