I finally got my needles in for Froggy Fibers. Based on past experience I chose the Knitter's Pride line.
Not to say there aren't other wonderful needles out there; Knitter's Pride, however, has a line of affordable birch or the more expensive luxury Dreamz, and I thought I'd get both. Some knitters like to treat themselves and feel good with dreamy needles while others have a goal of finishing the project and appreciate value and economy.
So, the needles arrived and I arranged them on their grid wall and got to twitching. I was dying to use them! Even though they aren't really for me but for you.
I pulled the Basix size 50 out of its packaging. Why the US 50 in particular? Well, it has a really nice, sturdy package. With a snap! I can put it back when I'm done and no one will be the wiser. Except you, since I've gone and confessed.
My first thought was the cable would have trouble uncurling it's kink. Wrong! Two rows later and its smooth.
I pulled out my "briefcase" with office supplies (i.e. Teeny balls of scrap yarn), and proceeded to cast on. Five stitches is all my long tail would allow on such honking big needles.
Imagine if I'd done some color coordinating! Garter ridges the size of Pom poms! I'll have a thick, chunky cowl done in no time, and be very fashionable to boot.
Next I thought what it would be like to use a single yarn. I chose my Casafina, a worsted weight cotton.its so airy and lacy and not a yarn over in sight! Wish it were still summer. I'd love a light wrap like that, or even something to wear over a tank top.
Bottom line: while I felt like Lily Tomlin in her oversized chair from Laugh-In, I found the needles to be exceptionally smooth. Sure, I dropped them and lost my stitches, but that happens all the time when you've got too big a needle for your yarn.
They are smooth, feel great in the hand, and give great results.
Come on in and try them. I've got two. Maybe we can race and see who gets the farthest in 20 minutes.