My fine fibrous friends, may I thank you for your comments on the running post. I know that your recommendation of yoga is wise, but I have an irrational aversion to yoga, much as I respect people who do it. I am not bendy, except in the middle in order to sink melodramatically on to a chaise longue with the back of one hand pressed against my furrowed brow. I do however like the sound of the pursued-by-zombies running app, and will take a peek.
So today, the Tyrannical Twinnage started school. Let’s just draw a veil over how badly I coped with missing them, and how weird it was being neither with them nor at work, and instead get back to discussing knitting. (The twinnage were fine, although they claimed that nobody taught them ANYTHING. To be fair, I seriously doubt that anyone in that school knows as much as they do about dinosaurs, which is apparently the only subject worthy of consideration.)
Now, in a minor break from the big fat crochet project, I’d like to discuss knitting needles, if I may? Specifically, I’d like to draw your attention to the brand new addition to the KnitPro range (that’s Knitter’s Pride in North America, I believe?) May I introduce you to ZING! Disclaimer: I was sent these needles free of charge by KnitPro for review, but everything you’re about to read is my own opinion. Let’s face it: nobody else would put their good name to such quirksome ramblings.
It’s always difficult to objectively review knitting needles, because personal preference is such a big part of the equation, and because different needles suit different yarns. I will however come right out and say that I’m a proud KnitPro fan, working mostly on Karbonz interchangeables these days. And I’m biased towards sharp-pointed needles with lots and lots of grip/un-slippiness.
Zings have been added to the KnitPro range within the last few weeks. They’re lightweight aluminium, ranging from 2mm to 6mm, and each size comes in a different colour, thus feeding my irrational yearning to collect all the pretties. Sigh. Of course, you run the risk that your needles will violently clash with your knitting: no, stop rolling your eyes, there – I’m serious.
You can buy them as straights, fixed circulars, or DPNs.
So. Here we have some straights. 3.5mm and 4.5mm, as it so happens. The change from silver to painted section is not actually a join so don’t worry, there are no snagging problems. They’re medium-sharp, which I personally like very much, but again, you’ll have your own preferences.
So let’s cast on.
The yarn is – gasps! – artic quiviut, left over from the knit-of-a-lifetime project.
I should point out that I do most of my knitting on interchangeable circulars, so using straights takes me right back to my childhood, and also makes me nervous of accidentally impaling a passing small child. (Circulars are safer in this regard.) Although these are metal needles, they are much less slippery than nickel needles such as KnitPro Novas, thank goodness. I like that fact a lot. That said, my mum (Mother Twisted) gave them a go and proclaimed them too grippy for her taste. Each to their own.
They’re pretty affordable, if you compare them with other ranges. The colours are lovely. In the name of science, I should have bashed and scratched them in order to determine whether the colour scrapes off easily, but… I couldn’t quite bring myself to abuse them. I certainly wasn’t gentle with them, though, and there was no sign of any loss of colour.
So should you buy some? If you like fairly grippy, colourful, medium-sharp, affordable needles, you’ll like these. If you insist on interchangeables, or you like fast-and-slippy needles, and you pour scorn on anyone considering the aesthetics of their tools, then these probably aren’t the needles for you.