All Reviews Written by "Lobsang"

Addi - Addi Lace Click Set - Short
Addi-Click...and Catch 3 out of 5 stars
I love interchangeable needle sets and for years I have searched for the perfect set. I am a VERY tight knitter and think someone should conduct a study to determine whether my theory that the tighter the stitch, the more neurotic the knitter is correct. My beloved interchangeables tend to have one major downside over time...sometimes not very much time...the connection between tip and cable loosens. The yarn then slips into the groove between tip and cable, and it can be extremely difficult to free the yarn without dropping other stitches. I love the slick surface and wonderful feel of nickel plated needles, and I was intrigued by Addi's unique connection mechanism, so I ordered a set. At first I loved the way the cables connected securely to the tips, even though the connection was not as smooth as I would have liked, and my tight stitches tended to catch there. I also found that with use, the secure connection I'd loved tended to disengage, causing me to have to retrieve and repair all the stitches that were dropped in the process. I am very particular when it comes to my knitting tools, and though there is much to love about the Addi's, I don't think I would recommend them for tight knitters like myself.
By Lobsang on Oct 05, 2016 2 out of 5 found this review helpful
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Chicken Boots - Interchangeable Needle Case
I'm a Proud, Vegetarian, Lover of Chicken Boots 5 out of 5 stars
I discovered Chicken Boots products on this site about a year ago and have been ga-ga in love since. Because I do a lot of circular knitting using the two circular needle method, I tend to buy Interchangeable needles in sets of two. After donating or selling my least favorite sets on eBay, I'm left with 3 sets I love, but the search for the perfect case has been long, expensive, and generally disappointing. Then I found the Chicken Boots cases with their delightful, quirky, fabrics. I bought one and found that I could fit ALL my remaining interchangeable sets in a case that was both utilitarian and aesthetically pleasing! However, I found the case to be a little too long to fit easily into my various knitting totes, and I reluctantly returned it. But I had been so enamored with Chicken Boots that I visited their site, and there I found cases that were similar, but about half the size! I had to buy two of them to hold all my interchangeables, but they were small enough to fit easily in all my totes, and I had twice as much storage space for notions. Jimmy Bean's Wool is my favorite site for yarn and knitting supplies, and I think that it would be great if they stocked the smaller cases along with the longer, larger, ones.
By Lobsang on Oct 05, 2016 28 out of 54 found this review helpful
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Cascade - Cascade 220 Fingering
Hanks for a Great Yarn! 4 out of 5 stars
To begin, that wasn't a typo in my subject line. I am in the process of experimenting with various felting techniques and one of my current projects is a colorful, felted, patchwork duvet cover. After experimenting with different weights of felt-able wool, I found that fingering weight perfectly suited my needs. Unfortunately, the advent of Superwash wools has made it more difficult to find wool that felts, particularly in fingering weight. Cascade 220 has perfectly suited my duvet cover's needs. I like the texture and the large color selection, and I love that it does not tangle as readily as other felting wools. If only it came in either skein or donut my personal favorite form, I would give it a resounding five stars. Though I own a great electric ball winder and an older hand winder, I doubt I will ever be a fan of hanks, particularly considering that hanks, though cheaper and less time consuming to produce, are rarely less costly, and I end up using valuable time unwinding.
By Lobsang on Oct 05, 2016 14 out of 22 found this review helpful
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Tahki - Cotton Classic
There's a Reason Its Called Classic 5 out of 5 stars
I have been knitting with Tahki's Cotton Classic for a very long time and I absolutely love its smooth, soft, feel, its subtle hint of sheen, and the ease with which it knits up. When I was somewhat of a novice, I may have liked it a little TOO much! I used it to make a large number of tops and sweaters, often substituting it for the fiber blends the pattern called for. Everything I made turned out beautifully, and I still wear some of those garments which a decade and a half later look almost new. However, cotton's inelasticity has prevented some of them from hugging the body as a yarn with greater elasticity would. My Mother is an expert knitter who accepts nothing short of perfection in her own work. I introduced her to Cotton Classic not long after I discovered it, and we both agree that when knitting or crocheting with cotton, nothing but Tahki Cottoc Classic will do!
By Lobsang on Oct 05, 2016 11 out of 21 found this review helpful
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ChiaoGoo - TWIST Red Lace Interchangeable Sets
Highly Recommend! 5 out of 5 stars
I love interchangeable kits and have quite an assortment Lantern Moon rosewood and ebony, Addi-Click Turbo and Clover Bamboo, each of which have their own unique qualities. I ordered this kit because I liked the wide range in needle size AND that it is one of the few kits that includes the small size 2s. The case and accessories were of very high quality and I was immediately struck by how lengthy and highly pointed the tips were. The finish looks like brushed nickel, which makes the yarn grip the needles to a greater degree than the Addi Turbos. I've found the join to be a potential problem area with interchangeable kits and I really like ChiaoGoo's solution: they provide three cable diameters Small, Medium, Large so that the needle-cable differential is more subtle, particularly with larger size tips. Just be sure to use the T-pins to tighten the screw-on tips to the cables, as hand tightening was inadequate for me. After a trial run, I found that I really liked the long tops and the narrow point is great when working in tight spaces and with yarn that tends to de-strand and separate. I am quite satisfied and plan on ordering additional tips in sizes I use most often, as I do a lot of two-needle circular knitting.
By Lobsang on Apr 07, 2014 90 out of 152 found this review helpful
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