I have a new toy
I’ve already gotten the “Experimental Tool” from lesliewind.
This is one of Leslie’s early takes on a combination knitting pin/cable tool. She has a number of styles of knitting jewelry, which are all really elegant but out of my price range at the moment. I’m not very experienced in Portuguese (or Andean, or Egyptian) style knitting (where you tension the yarn in front of the work, by wrapping it around your neck or on a hook suspended on a pin or necklace), but it’s been on my list of techniques to master for a while. When I saw that Leslie had an experimental tool at a reduced price I thought it would be a good time to give it a go.
Aidez seemed like a good candidate, as it has areas of reverse stockinette ground for cables.
There were no directions with the necklace, so I tried slipping the yarn through in several ways for the pin knitting. There were several workable ways, but I think I liked ‘underhand’ with the yarn through the large loop best. I found it much easier than the last time I tried this method. It’s comfortable and I was soon able to zip along even faster than Norwegian purling.
Leslie has it listed as the equivalent to a size 0, so I wasn’t sure how it would work as a cable needle for aran weight yarn, but I gave it a go, and I find it easier (and smoother) than the KnitPicks needle I was using. Of course, this project just has a 2×1 cable, I wouldn’t want to try it for something much larger. I also found it awkward to work a back cable while wearing the necklace (though it was fine when I removed it). Still, it is a pleasure to use and attractive to wear.
The necklace was well packaged, and came with a nice note and a very generous selection of thank you gifts.
There’s an attractive gift bag, a ‘care’ tag which pays homage to handmade gifts, and a shawl pin (which was similar to, but distinct from, what she had in her shop at the time I placed my order).
I am very pleased with my purchase, and impressed with this Etsy shop, it’s an excellent source for premium knitting supplies. Go take a look, and let me know what you think.