How to Turbo Charge Your Knitting

How to Turbo Charge Your Knitting

Are you familiar with Addi Needles?  If not, Addis are the folks who created "Turbo" needles.  Hand crafted in Germany (known for fast cars and now needles), they are called Turbos because the combination of the tapered tips and metal body are reported to increase your knitting speed by a lot (think turbo charged).

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5 Reasons Why You Need this Knitting Needle Set

Knitters Pride 16” Special Interchangeable Needle Set is an ndispensable knitters tool for hats, cowls, small projects, baby garments, and swatching.

This is my great find for the day. I don’t know why I didn’t spy this Knitters Pride set before, so of course I have take it apart and see if it is as special as I think it is!  

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Knitters Pride MARBLZ Interchangeable Needle Set Review

This is the time of the year when I'm on a personal knitting accessory quest. I'm looking for one truly unique item. It doesn't need to be big, but it does need to be beautiful and unusual. This year I didn't look long. Knitter's Pride Marblz Interchangeable Needle Set..Bullseye!  Hit the mark on all three of my wants! A big, beautiful, unique find...and functional too.

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Knitter's Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Needles Review

Hi NobleKnitters! It's Donna and I'm the Knitting Doctor here at NobleKnits. Today I'm going to be sharing with you, the Knitter's Pride Dreamz Symfonie Needle Set (Symphony Dreams). So this is Knitter's Pride, the wooden needles. 

It is an interchangeable set that goes from size US 4 up to size US 11. It also includes size US 10.5. I am going to take this kit apart so you can see what you get here. Here is your set of needles. They are all color coded, so you won't have to worry about if you take them off this card...do you have the right needles. You are going to know immediately. 

The other thing that is really nice about these needles...and I'm just going to slide two off of here...is that not only do they have their needle size written or stamped here on the wood, that information is also going to be on the metal cap here or the metal collar. I don't know about you, but after I've used my needles a couple of times, whatever size was written on there is long gone. So, if they've been used a couple times, you will still know what size needle you have.

They have a nice tapered tip so they are good for working with lace or any eyelet stitches. Also, they are really a cross between a metal and a bamboo. Ok, so why is this important? Often, new knitters will say to me, "Well, what needles to I get?" My response is usually, "what needles do you like?" They respond with, "I don't know, because I use metal and I use bamboo." These are going to be a cross in between. 

Knitter's Pride Dreamz have a really, really nice smooth finish. It almost feels like a wax. So you're going to have the slide of the metal and you are also going to have the grip of the bamboo. So, you're getting the best of both worlds with these needles. I think that, along with the tapered tip, is why knitters love these needles so much - I know I do!

How to Use Knitter's Pride Interchangeable Knitting Needles
It's very simple. You are going to get, actually, four cables and they come in a little bag along with a key and two plastic discs with each of these cables. What I'm going to do is take the end of my needle and I'm going to screw it in to the threaded end of the cable. Now, this next part is really important. You are going to pick up this little key and slide it through the hole that is pre-drilled. You'll turn the needle one direction and the cable key the other direction. What that does is it gives you a really tight join. 

When you get your needles, it's really important to use that key. People have said to me, you know I have a set of interchangeable needles but my tips keep coming off and I lose my stitches. Invariably, I'll ask them if they've used the key and the answer is always, "no, but I know I've tightened them really tight." So, I've asked my knitters to go ahead and humor me and use that cable key or cord key and tighten up their needles. Give me a call back when their needles come apart again. Invariably, I don't think I've had anyone come back to me and said, ooh I've lost my needle tips. That literally is the key, no pun intended, to keep those tips on those interchangeable sets. 

You are going to get 4 cables with this set: one 24 inch, two 32 inch cables, and one 40 inch cable. You'll also get keys and end caps. Now, what are the end caps for? Let's get to them! Say, you are working on a project, maybe you've put it down for some reason or there's another project you want to get to but it takes the same size needle. You can go and you can unscrew these needle tips. I'm going to go back in and use my key. I'm going to use the key not only to put the tip on, but I'm going to use it to take the tip off. Pretend I have some knitting on here. I'm going to screw on my end cap and now you have a really hand way to hold your project or even use it as a stitch holder. That's what those caps are for.

So that's Knitter's Pride Interchangeable Needle Set. It's a full set. You are also going to have a nice little plastic container to keep the cables cords in. It keeps everything neat and tidy. Knitter's Pride stands behind their product, so should you get a tip that for some reason does not fit the threaded end, they will stand behind that product. You just reach out to us, contact us, let us know there's an issue and they will make that right for you. 

It's Donna the Knitting Doctor. If you've like this segment, comment below, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Thanks so much and have a great knitting day!

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Knitting Bags: Blue Sky Alpacas Pretty Cheep Project Bags

Hi Noble Knitters! It's Suzanne with NobleKnits.com here with another Cool Tools & Kits segment. Today I'm going to be reviewing a cool tool and it's a project bag. These are made by Blue Sky Alpaca Yarn Company and they are called Pretty Cheep. "Cheep" referring to cheep! cheep! like a bird. 

They are nice muslin bags. Twelve inches by twelve inches square, nice weight muslin bag. The "cheep" refers to the bird motifs that are silkscreened on here. They come in six different colors. So here the aqua bird, this is the coral bird..it's a hummingbird, this next one is lime, this one is periwinkle, this one the color is called berry, and this one is the tangerine with three birds on a wire.

These bags are a nice size. You could fit a couple of balls of yarn in there and a couple of needles. It's a really nice size; not too small, not too big. It has a drawstring closure so you can synch it up real nice. Like I said, it's muslin; it's nice and light weight. It would be really easy to tote around and machine washable as well. 

So these are Blue Sky Alpacas Pretty Cheep Project Bags and they are available at NobleKnits.com. Like us, comment and subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Thanks for watching!

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How to use lotion bars

Watch a 2 minute video to find out what are lotion bars and how to use lotion bars - We're featuring Lavishea Lotion Bars made with all natural ingredients.

Hi NobleKnitters! It's Suzanne with NobleKnits.com here with another Cool Tools and Kits segment. Today's cool tool is the Lavishea Lotion Bar.

What is a lotion bar? A lotion bar, if you are not familiar with it, is a solid form of lotion. It's actually a bar of lotion inside a plastic container here. 

One of the good things about a lotion bar is that you can stash it in your yarn bag and you won't have to worry about lotion spilling in your bag, you won't have to worry about bottles breaking in your yarn bag. Also, if you are a traveler, you can put this in your knitting bag that you are taking on a plane with you - it will go through security. 

So, it comes in some great scents. We have 5 scents here at NobleKnits: Lavender, Cucumber Melon, Citrus Basil, Lilac, and Yarn Bar (almond scented). These are great products.

How to use a lotion bar: you take the lid off and it's got a lotion bar inside. You take the bar out and rub it into your hands. The warmth of your hands softens it up and then you get a lotion on your hands to make them so they are not as rough and snag-free on your yarn projects. 

They are made from all natural products. They are made with Shea butter, essential oils, and botanical oils. 

Lavishea Lotion Bars are available at NobleKnits.com. Like us, comment, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Woolbuddy Needle Felting Kits Product Review

Hi Noble Knitters! It's Suzanne with another Cool Tools & Kits segment. Today I'm going to talk about Woolbuddy. It's a line of kits that are perfect for you felters and fiber crafters. So we have a great line of these Woolbuddies kits that make little felt animals mostly. There's a couple other little fun things too, there's a camera..and more. I'll show you a few of them here. 

Here's the giraffe kit, the lion kit, an alligator kit, a dog kit, a moose, and...this one is fun...an octopus! Look at his little tentacles on there. So these are all needle felted. Perfect for the felter in your life or if you want to try needle felting. They come with everything that you need right in the kit, nicely packaged, really fun.

So here's what comes in the kit: here's the wool that comes in the kit that you'll need to make the alligator (or whichever kit you are making). They also come with the felting needles and also a really great instruction card. It shows you really good, nicely detailed instructions on how to do everything. It would be great for anybody you know that like to felt or if you want to get started in needle felting. 

Like I said, we have a wide variety of these. They are fun to make and they are really cute and fun to look at. They would be fun to collect. Because of the needles that are inside here, they actually are not meant for children under the age of 12. But, they are really cute felted toys once you make them. Again, it's Woolbuddy Felted Fiber Kits and they come with everything you need to felt one, and possibly two of these cute little felted animals. 

Thanks for watching. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel, like this video, and comment below.

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Knitting Review: Kinki Amibari Cable Needles

Knitter's Must Have: Bamboo Cable Stitch Holder, Grooved Cable Stitch Holder and Cable Stitch Holder

Knitter's Must Have: Bamboo Cable Stitch Holder, Grooved Cable Stitch Holder and Cable Stitch Holder

Why the Right Cable = Successful Cable Knitting Projects

The right cable needle and the feel of the needle in your hands is critical to crafting attractive cables and the fun you have knitting them. 

Kinki Amibari (aka KA) scores high marks for both sizing and feel.  This company with the improbable name produces one of the nicest cable needles I have seen and worked with. KA has been crafting bamboo tools and implements since 1916 and is the oldest bamboo knitting needle manufacturer in Japan.

They are special! Both bamboo sets and the plastic version include 3 cable needles, to handle all but the bulkiest fibers. Take a look at the detail! 

Beautifully wood grain in bow shapes.  Pretty enough to do double duty as shawl sticks or display in your tool holder.

Beautifully wood grain in bow shapes.  Pretty enough to do double duty as shawl sticks or display in your tool holder.

Why We Love these Cable Needles

  • Smoothly crafted from sustainable bamboo.
  • Curved bow shapes (bamboo or plastic) or notched style are specifically designed to hold even slippery stitches. securely.
  • Longer length than most cable needles (4.75" length).
  • Sharp tips able to lift even the finest lace weight yarn stitches.
  • Warm in your hands and comfortable to hold.
Notches hold even the finest stitches securely.

Notches hold even the finest stitches securely.

Nicely pointed to lift even the smallest stitches.

Nicely pointed to lift even the smallest stitches.

Check out the Kinki Amibari Cable Needles for yourself! Which is your favorite?

Happy Knitting!

- KnitDocDonna