My evil plan is working

All winter I’ve had a mental to-do list of knitting accessories far longer than what I’ve actually managed to get to. Try as I might, the fantasy knitter in my head is still a faster knitter than the knitter-me in reality. But spring has been slow in arriving so far this year, and reports have been predicting a cool start to the season. So I decided yesterday to just go ahead and cast on one more pair of mitts – and if it tempts the weather fates, then so be it.


On the one hand, if it stays cool, then I’ll actually get to wear the mitts before the summer. But if my karmic experiment ends up bringing on the warmth and rendering my new winter accessories on-standby-only until next fall, well, then at least that means it’ll be warm outside. Win-win! I’ve cast on a pair of my own Azalea mitts pattern for me (in Sweet Sheep Tight Twist sock – very sturdy), since I didn’t keep the original sample on these, and if I get to use them they’ll be great for convertible bicycling mitts as the weather transitions.


I’ve also taken the opportunity to branch out and try a new set of needles at the same time. I’ve gotten into the habit of using Knit Picks circulars for most projects in the last couple of years, and I love the pointy tips and the flexible cables – especially for Magic Loop. But there are so many other needles out there to choose from and I was enticed by the flexible red cables on these ChiaoGoo stainless steel circulars (scroll down). Many of the knitters over at Needles in the Hay use them and dang it, I wanted to see for myself.


Well, after 24 hours of using the 2.5mm for Magic-Looping on my mitts, I’m already pondering which other sizes to go back to the shop for. Do I need more than one set for socks? Maybe I do. And err, at least a set each for DK and worsted weights, right? I love them. The tips are pointy, the cables are just flexible enough to be comfortable but not so floppy they get in the way, and the little bend at the base of the tip means that the cords don’t swivel. I’m not usually the kind of knitter to go on raves about equipment (I like to cut to the chase, errr, the yarn itself), but these needles get my vote. I’m glad I branched out. Who knows what else is around the corner?

One thing’s for sure. Since I started these mitts yesterday, in between yesterday’s week-ahead weather forecast, and today’s, predicted daytime temperature highs have already gone up a couple of degrees. My evil plan is working.

Happy Friday, and happy weekend to come!


  1. The ChiaGoos….do you not find that bend annoying? I hate the swivel-y thing that happens, as well, so if this prevents that and the bends don’t make you crazy trying to move your stitches along, this may work for me!

  2. I worried a bit about the bend at first, too, but actually I think it makes everything much more stable! I have not had any swivelling at all, thank goodness. It takes a bit of getting used to, for pulling the needles through the work, but other than that not a problem for me.

  3. I love evil plans! And, I entirely understand your dedication to a particular set of circulars. I think I’ll take some of your advice and branch out!

  4. I’ve never used Chiaogoo’s metal circs, but I just used a set of bamboo ones for the border of a baby blanket. Halfway through, the tip of one needle had the point worn away, and the other one had noticably worn down about 2 centimetres below the point! They were also shedding splinters everywhere – both ends – even after I switched the needle around (to wear the ends out evenly, I guess). Really shocking, and disappointing, since I love the look of these needles.

  5. I’ve used bamboo needles before that have had that problem, and these stainless steel ones are definitely not the same story. A lot of bamboo needles have that challenge since the material itself is not as sturdy. Sandpaper sometimes helps, though.


  6. Linda B. · ·

    I like those bendy needle parts, the points, and the neat cables. I wanted to get a few more sizes, BUT, after two projects – a scarf, and a pullover – the cable snapped from one of the needles (3.5mm). I’ll be taking them back to the shop, and check to see if others have had the same problem. I’ll let you know.

  7. Oooh, I haven’t heard of these needles before, I’ll have to see if any of my lys’s carry them!

  8. I’ve yet to find needles that I’m truly in love with, so I appreciate the review of them! I’ll definitely grab some of these the next time I’m in the market.

  9. Ummm you need to bring your evil plan here to Maine we’ve gotten a huge snowstorm today. I decided if I wanted spring I needed to buy flowers for the table. Gonna check out the needles now.

  10. I can’t get the hang of the magic loop, and that dangling cable drives me insane, but then I haven’t seen a real person use the technique. What i DID try was a set of Clover bamboo circs in a 9″ size…wee, tiny, cute litlle things I couldn’t resist trying. The needle section is almost non-existant, but after I realized what a death grip I’d been using on my dps and allowed the work to “rest” in my left hand (I knit English), I am IN LOVE with em. No more tugging at stitches, pulling cables, changing from one to another circs, just knit away…no more moving stitches from one needle to another in socks, just move a marker, which by the way doesn’t slip off the end of a needle. I’m looking online for some other brands as well …any ideas, anyone? Yeah, Spring is here, and I’m IN LOVE.

  11. Gretchen Henderson · ·

    I just ordered a few of the lace versions of these on etsy. They’re in another room, but I believe that the lace version (which is even pointier) does not have the bend.

  12. As if I needed another excuse to buy another needle..or set of needles..I have discovered that if I knit on both socks, or mitts, at the same time ( knit an inch or so on one and then do the same on the other), not only are they done about the same time, but my gauge stays the same on both of them.

    So…go buy some more needles! It’s not like they will ever go to waste.

  13. It’s nice to things taking shape.

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