Monday, September 17, 2007

Topic of the Week for Fall into Autumn Swap

Ah.. a new week, a new topic and this week I am going to need it because for me I have been lacking in the posting. Also, I am in a plethora of swaps so it does not only help one swap partner, it helps many ;-)

When you knit or crochet dishclothes, washclothes or face clothes, what do you use? What size needle or hook? Wood? what type? Metal? Plastic? A specific Brand? Why do you love that needle or hook so much? Is there one you are dying to try? Is there a particular yarn you love and use all the time for clothes? What is so special about it?

(Who comes up with this stuff? SNOL)

I knit washclothes predominately with wooden size 7US. On a rare occasion, I might be known to use my very old, original pair of metal ones that my grandmother used to teach me on way back when. I think the wooden ones are Clover but, I can't be sure and I don't remember. I definitely have no clue what the metal ones are but they definitely came from Woolworth's because I was there when she bought them for me (and the lovely orange and yellow acrylic yarn to go with it.) I love the wooden ones because they and I have made probably over 100 washclothes together over the years. They are warped, feel right in my hands and they don't get too jealous if I switch to another pair of sevens or even my very first pair of sevens.

I was going to say I am not really dying to try any new needles till I went and visited Jessi's blog this morning and saw the oh so gorgeous Harmony Needles. I wasn't going to go look, I wasn't going to look, I really wasn't going to look, darn it I went and looked. The double pointed Harmony Needles from Knit Picks look amazing. As the Princess says, they are going on my wish list.

As for yarn, I am a stick to the basics type person. Knit with what you like, right Chan? I really like Sugar N Cream and Peaches and Cream for washclothes. I do not see anything wrong with them. You can catch a really good sale for one or the other at Michael's or AC Moore at least once a year and I tend to stock up. Besides, the colors they have go really well with my soaps. If you don't want to make a cloth with them, which are fun to do, you can always make a candy bag, LOL (I know Anne, addicted. I can't help it they are so much fun!)


Bubblesknits said...

I love my Clovers! :-) I think those are probably my favorite needles. And now that I've gotten used to knitting with cotton, I enjoy it too.

Channon said...

Yep! Life's too short to knit with yarn you don't like. I still find it interesting that fibers that are great to pet aren't always fun to knit. Go figure.

I have been devoutly metal in my needle choices, but of late, Addi bamboo and the Harmony lovelies are my favs. I'm also still such a novice that I think it is perhaps explained by me really getting into my post-beginner/learning groove!