Monday, July 04, 2016

Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Needles - SOCK and Sharps

At TNNA in January, I had a wonderful chance to see what was new in terms of needles.
Back when Interchangeables was a new thing ( years and years ago) , I bought a set of Hiya Hiya's and used them for a while but set them aside as they had issues with the cables and they had blunt tips. Note: Blunt tips are very useful, especially if you have a yarn that prone to being splitty.

I tend to work complicated stitches, so I NEED sharp points that can k5tog or other such things.
When the Sharps DPNs arrived on the scene, they became my go to needle for socks and mittens. Whenever I stop in at Heartstrings Yarn Studio, I pick up another set.....i tend to travel with them and lose a needle here and there. I some how missed that this line had been added to the interchangeables!

The Hiya Hiya needles are also light weight and since I have to watch what I carry and how much weight I place on my right arm (yes- the collar bone is STILL dislocated) the lightness of the needles helps me get in more stitches.

Then there is the newly released SOCK interchangeable needles.
These are an answer to many prayers! I travel a lot. I also go into the wilderness and hide in a cabin with knitting books and design. This means I bring a lot more "knitting" gear than camping gear.
With the new Sock Set, I can par down on the amount of things I pack.

Both the cords and needle tips have sizes or lengths etched in them.

Included in the Sock Set is a Sock Adapter so that you can use pieces from other sets.

The Cases have gone through several updates since they were first introduced. There is an interior flap to cover needle tips, adding another level of security so they do not escape.
Also the closures have gone from ties (below) to a frog/knot closure. This is a much quicker way to close the case.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

July Knit-From-Stash 2016 KAL

Helleborus is our July pattern for Knit-From-Stash 2016 
Worked Toe-Up, the sock has a lovely lace floral motif. The knitting pattern is both written and charted. The sock is available in 4 sizes.

 There are about 15 species of hellebores, the most common being the Lenten Rose. It was once used to “purge the veins of melancholy, and cheer the heart”. If you look it up in the meaning of Flowers, HELLEBORUS stands for ‘Relieve My Anxiety’.

Friday, July 01, 2016

DoubleChai Days

Our son Chai is 18!

The cool thing is Chai in Hebrew is Life and is numerically represented by 18.
In tradition of "giving Chai" or giving life, at Birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, Wedding and other Simchs filled times, monetary gifts in multiples of 18 (or 9) are given. Double Chai or 18 x2 is 36 is a double blessing.

In Honour of Double Chai all patterns in my Ravelry store are 36% off from July 1-5, 2016
with coupon code: DoubleChai
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