I started Ishbel last night. I started Ishbel last night. I started Ishbel last night. I started Ishbel last night. I started Ishbel last night. Yes, I started Ishbel five times.
The first three times, I used my beloved Lantern Moon ebony circulars, 4mm/US6 as specified in the pattern. The problem was that the needles are nice and slick, and that wasn’t a good combination for me with the slick 100% silk. I decided to try my Lantern Moon rosewood needles, because they have a little more texture to them. But I only had them in US 5. After working the beginning again, I realized the 5′s were too small.
I went to my needle stash looking for bamboo, and I had a size 6 circular. Just one. Where are the rest? Whatever. I really wanted to start, so I did, even though the needle is 40 inches long. Looks ridiculous, and is a bit cumbersome!
Feeling a bit desperate, I called my friend Liz to see if she had a shorter circular. Yes! A Takumi Clover 16 inch circular. I transferred over, and after a couple rows I realized that the needle was grabbier than the long HiyaHiya, and I didn’t like it. Transferred back to the HiyaHiya and worked a couple more rows, just out of sheer stubbornness. But I think I really need to go buy a shorter needle tomorrow. I like this needle for this project. It’s slick enough, but not too slick. And the join between the cable and the needle is exemplary.
I guess no one needle is perfect for everything. It’s good to have options.