This happened last time I knit Muriwai, too. This break only slowed me down for a few minutes, though. I moved the left-hand tip to the right and put a smaller tip on the left. Things went smoothly for a while, until the now right-hand needle almost gave me a splinter and I had to hunt down a nail file to fix that. Grrr. Sigh.
Now I have no longish 5 mm circulars, and I think I’m done with Knit Picks needles. These were actually the 5 mm tips they sent me to replace my original 5 mm tips that had broken. I got the 5 mm replacements at the same time as the replacements for the 6 mm tips that broke when I was knitting the first Muriwai. So, it looks like the replacements for the tips that had a 3-ish year shelf life have a 1.5 year shelf life themselves. That’s easy math, and I don’t like the trend I see developing here. If anyone has recommendations for reliable wood or bamboo needles with very pointy tips, let me know. I am now officially shopping for a new brand. I’m not sure I want another interchangeable set, but I love the idea of them so much that I could be swayed.
Anyway, back to the knitting. I powered through, and I finished.
Pattern: Muriwai Bath Mat by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark
Yarn: 8 skeins GGH Big Easy color 003 held double; 1/3 skein each Classic Elite Star color 5116 & Bernat Organic Cotton in white held together
Needles: KP Harmony interchangeables 5 mm; 6 mm to bind off
Started: September 17, 2011
Finished: March 31, 2012
Mods: Thinner yarn and smaller needles than called for (when you’re shopping clearance, there’s only so much you have to work with). Knit to 250 stitches. This is much smaller than I thought it would be. If I’d realized that before I bound off, I would have changed a few things at the end. But it’s big enough for me to stand on, so I’m not unhappy overall.
Also: I know, I know. I’m supposed to be knitting socks. My hands needed a break from small-gauge knitting. I only have, like, 8 more pattern repeats and a toe. I’m totally good.