Déjà Vu

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.

8 thoughts on “Déjà Vu

  1. Ohhhh I like! Sorry to hear about your needles. I have only had that once and it wasn’t awful, so I super glued it…. Knit picks is defiantly not the best quality out there, but the price is nice. I wish I could tell you a better brand, but I don’t buy a lot of needles. :/

    1. For the price, I kind of didn’t mind them breaking after 3 years. But new needles every year and a half just seems like too much to me, and it suggests the quality is getting worse.

  2. I’ve broken wooden knit Picks twice now. Pity because they are so pretty. I’ve moved to the metal tips in new ones and will see how I get on.
    Love the orange. Big fan of it myself!

    1. I wish metal didn’t make my hands hurts, because it seems like wood and bamboo needles just won’t ever be as strong overall. I think I’ll always have to be on the lookout for needles that won’t bend or snap so soon. And I agree that the fact the KP needles are so pretty makes it worse when they break.

  3. Oh no, so sorry to hear about the needles! I personally love my knit picks harmony needles, but then I have never broken one. I’ve heard that the HiyaHiya bamboo set is pretty nice. Also, I totally understand that you needed a break knitting socks, I’ve had to do the same many a time.

    1. I’m really happy with the needles otherwise. The points are great, the joins always work really well, the cables are flexible. The only complaint I have is that they won’t stop breaking.

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