In October, I am having an UNsale. The UN (and many others) have asked us to step up to help the millions of refugees fleeing war right now. If you buy any of my patterns
or my eBook
in October, I will donate 20% of the proceeds to the Canadian Red Cross Refugee Crisis Appeal.
The Canadian government is matching these donations...so it will double our efforts to help. Thank you for helping me to help others!
Now, on to our exciting giveaway...
A while back, I was contacted by a kind person at Yarncanada.ca
. I was asked if I wanted to do a review of these new Denise 2 Go Knitting and Crochet sets
. I said yes. :)
Why? I travelled all over the U.S., in Canada, and abroad with my handy dandy Original Denise Needle kit.
It has served me really well! What do I think about it? On a brief pro/con list...
There are many pros...and this new travel set is even better.
1) It's small . It fits neatly in a suitcase. This new set is even smaller in size than the original, because it divides up the sizes. The giveaway here is for the bigger needles, US sizes 10.5 through 15.
(Perfect for knitting several of my designs, including ones like Knitting for Mother Earth Cowl
or Slippy the Cowl
, on the go.)
2) It is flexible and you can knit on several projects at once, whatever comes up when you happen by a yarn store... with these needles. The new soft packaging also includes a crochet hook, which is very handy for any last minute cast-on or finishing needs.
3) The colors are bright and cheerful. You can see the needles as you knit. This is no small thing. Very good.
What's not perfect about these needles?
1) The plastic is a bit sticky with some yarns. This is great for a beginner, it helps the stitches stay put. It can be a bit slow for some fibers when an accomplished knitter is zooming along. (I always ignored this issue, because honestly, if you have the right needle on a trip, who cares if it is a little slow. Slow is better than nothing!)
2) If your knitting style involves some wrist movement, as mine does, it seems to eventually put some wear into the cord attachment. In my case, one of the cords seems to like to detach sometimes now--after many years of use. (I also do this to other kinds of circulars, so it is not unique to the Denise needles) Solutions? Buy a new cord. :) Other solutions? Change your technique...that's for me to work on in the future...
3) Last comment...sometimes, you might have two projects that need the same cord or same needle at once. Again, you can buy extras and replacements. This is maybe just the problem for people like me, who do several projects at once. I've got a lot of needles though, and I'd suggest buying more if this is your issue, too. :) I can never have too many #6(4mm) circulars, for some reason, and I need about 4 sets of #3(3.25mm) double points, but whatever, everybody is different. This is why there are so many gorgeous needle sets!
I've decided to do a giveaway of these needles--to pass the joy along. If you'd like a chance to win these, please leave a comment on this post
by noon CT, October 21st,
that allows me to contact you via email, Ravelry, or your blog (whatever works for you, but it has to work for me too!).
In the ideal world, please also consider buying a pattern to support the UNsale, telling your knitting friends about the UNsale, or making a donation this month to support refugees.
Winter is coming, and there are so many people who have lost everything...right down to their winter clothes and their knitting needles.
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