For a while now I’ve had a little checklist of things I’d like to try out when it comes to knitting. Knit a sweater? Check. Knit a stuffed toy? Check! Knit something using two-colour brioche stitch? Well that’s what I’m working on right now and it’s kinda fun!
I’m working on a lovely large shawl called Briochealicious as a KAL (knit-a-long) with a friend and I’ve just about finished the first brioche section. The resulting material is so squishy and I love the vertical stripes of colour. The stitch itself isn’t so hard to work; a little time consuming since you have to work each row twice over, but I’m finding it easy to keep track of what I’m doing. This pattern is proving a fantastic starting point to learning brioche.
I was also somewhat naughty when it came to knitting this project because I ended up buying a whole new set of interchangeable needles. Oops?
From my very first project I hated working on straight needles and purchased myself the Knitpro Symfonie Wood circulars in pretty much every size. I’ve LOVED these needles but too often lately I’ve been having trouble with yarn catching on the joints and I’ve had to replace several needles because of chipping in the wood. Just after starting my Briochealicious I realised one of my 3.5mm needles had a small chunk of wood missing from it and it was causing me nothing but problems. So I did a little research and ended up looking at an interchangeable set from ChiaoGoo.
These needles aren’t cheap… the smaller set (3 cable lengths and needles sizes 2.75mm, 3.25mm, 3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm) set me back just over £70 but they are SO. VERY. NICE! The tips are stainless steel but they’re still warm to hold and the cables have a steel core and so they have no memory. No more twisted nylon cables that need soaking in warm water to remove kinks! They’re just so lovely and the case they came in has a whole side still empty for adding more sizes, which I plan to do as and when I need anything about 5mm. I still love my wooden KnitPros… but I’m in love with my ChiaoGoos.