Posts Tagged ‘Knitter’s Pride Dreamz’

The Buzz at WEBS – June 29, 2012

Friday, June 29th, 2012
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The Buzz at WEBS

It’s been a very busy start to the summer here at WEBS! We’ve just moved into our new warehouse, and we’re working on getting everything settled. Fall yarns are already starting to arrive, and the staff at WEBS is buzzing about some of the new goodies we’ve received so far. Amy learned a new skill and managed to turn her first project into a fantastic zippered bag! Kathy’s buzz reminds us of why we love our Knitter’s Pride Dreamz needles and Dena shares one of her favorite new books.

I had the privelege of taking LA’s weaving class this winter. Our second project was a twill sampler out of 2/10 Merino Tencel.  I was not happy with mine until I realized I was weaving cloth that could be cut up to make things like zippered bags.  (I can be a little slow sometimes) I made seven bags out of my sampler and have plans for many more! > Amy S.

Frog Tree Ewetopia – As a spinner, I love to examine the new yarns and how they are constructed, and this one caught my interest. One single strand of superwash treated Merino wool is plied with a single of untreated Merino wool, giving a slightly marled quality to the yarn as both plies have absorbed the color a little differently. The superwash treated ply has a subtle shine against the matte quality of the untreated wool. The different treatments will add a unique texture to this yarn after blocking and the finished fabrics it works into will have a lovely squishy softness. A really interesting yarn, and I’m looking forward to seeing some of the amazing projects folks will create with it! > Ashley F.

Imperial Yarn Columbia 2-Ply – I am in love with this yarn! The big 4oz hanks are so squishy and soft, I can imagine knitting a sweater I’d have forever. And I really like the fact that this yarn is from American wool, spun on old-school mule spinners, in a tiny town in Oregon. Imperial Stock Ranch is dedicated to sustainable land stewardship, so this yarn reflects my values. The colors are great, too– most of them are subtly heathered, and deep. I want a sweater in every color! Maybe it’s time to learn fair isle… > Kendra C.

I am so excited that our new 5/2 Bamboo has arrived! This yarn will be great for weaving all sorts of projects. The colors are vibrant and shimmery and the hand is soft and fluid. I think it is going to make wonderfully drapey fabric and can hardly wait to get it on my loom. I have been planning a rigid heddle project – a scarf with some lace details, I think. And speaking of lace, I think this will knit up into some beautiful lacework. The colors choices are incredible. > Leslie Ann B.

Dreamz Needles from Knitter’s Pride – We’ve had these needles for several months but after using them for my latest project I was reminded how great they are. These beautiful wooden needles are smooth and the yarn slides easily along and over the joins. I love the points – not to dull but not too sharp. If you’ve yet to try these needles, consider them for your next project! You can also check out a great video review here. > Kathy E.

I was impressed by how much information was packed into The Handknitter’s Yarn Guide book – all things yarn weights, yarn fibers, and yarn construction. If you enjoy shopping our yarn closeouts or are curious how different fibers such as camel or alpaca will knit up, this book is the perfect guide to helping you make yarn substitution decisions when choosing a yarn for your next project. > Dena C.

Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable Needles

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

Have you gotten a chance to check out the Knitter’s Pride line that we recently started carrying? Today, I would like to introduce you to the interchangeable needles. Interchangeable sets are great because you pretty much always have the needle you need and if you’re a circular fan (like I am), one set is a lot more compact than nine sets of fixed circulars.

We currently have four deluxe sets. Dreamz, Nova, Trendz (Spectra acrylic), and Symfonie Rose. Each set comes with the needle tips (8 pairs in the Trendz and 9 in Dreamz, Nova, and Symfonie Rose), 4 cords (Trendz has 1 each 24″, 32″, 40″, 47″ and Dreamz, Nova, and Symfonie Rose come with 1 24″, 2 32″, and 1 40″), 8 end caps, 4 cord keys, 1 cord case, and a vinyl case that holds everything. The Symfonie Rose come in a beautiful leatherette case, which makes it perfect for gifting!

The cords screw onto the needle tips with the cord key. Simply insert the key into the hold on the cord after screwing the needle on and use it as leverage to securely tighten the tip to the cord.

In addition to the Deluxe Sets, we also have Starter sets in Dreamz and Nova and Chunky sets in Dreamz and Nova. Each comes with 3 sets of needle tips, 2 cords (24″ and 32″), 4 end caps, and 2 cord keys in a vinyl case.

If you’re not sure which needle material is best for you, we have the Comby Interchangeable Sampler Set which features a pair of tips from the Nova, Dreamz, and Spectra line. Also included are 2 cords (24″ and 40″) as well as end caps and cords.

Another interchangeable option that is not yet offered in a set, but is available as interchangeable tips is the Cubics line. These cube-shaped tips are ergonomic and comfortable. They are the same Symfonie birch wood as the Symfonie Rose and Dreamz needles.

All of the needle tips (except the Spectra acrylic) are available individually, so if there’s a size you use more often, or a size that doesn’t come with the set that you would like, you can purchase them. Cords can also be purchased individually to fill in lengths as you need them. The Knitter’s Pride cords are super flexible without being limp and you can easily magic loop with them (I’m working on a project right now using the needles and magic loop).

   

If you like interchangeable needles, but have been disappointed that you aren’t able to get 16″ interchangeable needles, you’ll be happy to know that next month, we’ll be getting shorter tips in the Dreamz and Nova line to go with the 16″ cord to create 16″ circular needles, perfect for hats, sleeves, and more.

Check out the interchangeable needle introductory video featuring our wonderful assistant store manager Cara.

Next week, we’ll feature a post about the wonderful crochet hooks that are available, including the Dreamz Interchangeable Tunisian Hook Set, which is quite handy to have to use in conjunction with your Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set. You can use the hook to easily pick up stitches along the edge of your project and simply switch tips to begin knitting!

Enjoy!
Mary

Knitter’s Pride Needles & More

Monday, September 12th, 2011
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Hi Everyone

There is not a week that goes by when we don’t receive some new product, be it a new yarn, book or tool.  Last week, we received a very large and very special shipment of new products.  Knitter’s Pride needles, hooks & accessories have finally arrived here at WEBS and we are all super excited!

Knitter’s Pride is a line of needles, hooks & accessories that are produced in India by KnitPro.  Overall, the line is HUGE.  It’s going to take a few blog posts to really do the line justice and to give you all of the info.   Let me share an overview of each of the 5 different needle types:

The Dreamz line is made from Symfonie wood and each needle is color coded by size.

I love this concept – makes it so easy to find the size you want!  The wood is smooth as are the joins.  The cables are soft and flexible as well.  The points are sharp, though I realize the degree of sharpness can be interpreted differently by different knitters.   In working with the needles, I found my yarn moved easily and the needles felt great in my hands.

The Dreamz line is available in interchangeables, fixed circulars, dpns, straights, crochet hooks & tunisian crochet hooks.  The interchangeables can be purchased individually or in sets.  The Deluxe Set contains:

  •  9 sets of tips in sizes #4-#11,
  • 4 cords (1 each 24″ & 40″ and 2 each 32″),
  • 1 set of  of size markers, 8 end caps, 4 cord keys & 1 cord case
  • Set is packaged in a clear vinyl case

The Deluxe Set retails for $82.99.  There is also a Starter Set of three different tip sizes that is a great way to give these needles a test run.  The Starter Set retails for $29.99.

The Nova line includes  interchangeables, fixed circs, dpns and 10″ straight needles in nickle plated brass. The Nova line has the same great construction features as the Dreamz line.  The nickle plated brass finish makes for smooth movement of your stitches.  The Nova Deluxe Set contains all of the same parts & pieces at the Dreamz Set and retails for $69.99.  The Nova Starter Set is $26.99.

Both Dreamz & Nova also have a Chunky Set that contains tips in sizes #13-#17.

Knitter’s Pride Cubics are square needles made from Symfonie wood with a rosewood colored finish.  The Cubics are not currently available as a set, but one will be coming shortly.  Cubics come in interchangeables, fixed circs, dpns & straights.  For those of you who love knitting with square needles or have been curious about them, the Cubics are worth a try.

Knitter’s Pride Basix are jumbo needles made of Birchwood.  Available in fixed circs that range in size from #11-#50 in four different cord lengths.  For those of you who like knitting bulkier weight yarns, our #50 fixed circs are the only ones on the market at this size.  Basix are also available in 8″ dpns in sizes #11-#36.  Basix are affordable starting in price at $5.49 for fixed circs and $6.99 for dpns.

Last in terms of type is the Trendz needles.  Available only as an interchangeable set, Trendz are acrylic needle colored by size like the Dreamz interchangeables.  The Deluxe Set features:

  •  9 sets of tips in sizes #4-#11,
  • 4 cords (1 each 24″, 32″, 40″, 47″ )
  • 1 set of  of size markers, 8 end caps, 4 cord keys & 1 cord case
  • Set is packaged in a clear vinyl case

The Trendz Deluxe Set retails for $36.99.

There is so much information about these amazing new needles that I want to share with you but I don’t want to overwhelm you either.

What do you think so far? Are you excited about the Knitter’s Pride line?  Share your thoughts and any questions in the comments!

Enjoy!

Kathy

Ready, Set, Knit #234: Kathy talks with Linda Pratt about SMC; Steve makes a BIG announcement.

Saturday, September 10th, 2011
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Guest: Linda Pratt of Westminster fibers talks with Kathy about SMC Yarns. SMC is a shortened version of the Schachenmayr brand. The brand has been given a huge face-lift and rejuvenation. SMC Select is a little higher end, fashion-focused line. Several of the Gedifra yarns have been absorbed into SMC Select.

Steve’s Big Announcement!
We’re excited to introduce Knitter’s Pride needles, hooks, and accessories that we’re now carrying online and in our store. Check out our entire Knitter’s Pride collection!

Dreamz – laminated birch (Symfonie wood) needles, every size is a different color

Nova – nickle-plated brass

Cubics – Symfonie wood with an ergonomic square shape

Trendz – Acrylic Interchangeable Needle Set

If you experience any problems with any of the parts and pieces of your Knitter’s Pride needles or hooks, just let us know and we’ll get a replacement right out to you!

We’ve also got a ton of accessories! Sock blockers, cable needles, stitch holders, chart keepers, magnet boards, shawl pins and more!

CAL with Kirsten
After the crochet chain, you’ll work the main body of the cowl. Round 4 and 5 you work into the chain, not the chain space. You should have a loose gauge here, so you shouldn’t have to force the hook.

Learn from us and make sure you check your gauge! A couple double crochets off over four inches makes a huge difference in the finished size. Make sure you’re working nice and loose!

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