Friday, June 03, 2005

Hobby Layette Saga

After finding my needles and happily swatching and beginning my new project, it came to a screeching halt once again.

*sigh* Another lesson learned: When knitting little 2-stitch cables, don't use small wooden needles, use metal instead.

These were Brittany size 4 US/3.5mm needles.

I grabbed my trusty aluminums and continued, and here you see some real progress.

What is that? Well, it's the Marennes Jacket from Bouton d'Or Layette #13. I'm knitting the 0-3 months size using Hobby Kids Color from Stahl.

No, I'm not making any adjustments for the difference in gauge. Pattern gauge is 24 stitches and 32 rows=4"/10cm, and my swatch gauge is 23 stitches and 30 rows using size 4 US/3.5mm needles. I say close enough. It will knit just the tiniest bit larger, which is ok with me.


Linda said...

I am sorry you broke one of those needles, I have a set of them too, and have been afraid to use them for fear of breaking them. But try to look on the bright side(Like there is one?) Make both needles shorter and resharpen the points and you will have a beautiful set of very expensive hair sticks, or short needles for scarves. I don't want to break mine, but that is what I would do.

Pioggia said...

Oh no! Those were very nice needles indeed. I sometimes wish they sold individual needles to replace those that get broken or lost.

Kimberly said...

I might be going a wee bit daft over here in Europe, but does not Brittany have a life-time guarantee on their needles? Someone does, and I think that it is Brittany if I remember correctly! Good luck!

Ari said...

I checked the Brittany Needles website and found that Brittany guarantees their needles for 5 years against flaws and breakage from normal use.

They no longer have the walnut Victorian needles, but they will gladly replace them with the Art Deco birch.

I have sent them an email as directed on their website requesting replacement since the needles did break during normal use and not as a result of toddler shenanigans. Thanks for the heads up!

Kimberly said...

I am glad that you are able to get a replacement (and that I am not going totally daft!) Have fun knitting with the new ones once they come in (and since you know about the warranty - no fear of using them since if they break during normal usage they can be replaced!)