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3rd-Mar-2011 07:35 am
Happy birthday to water_childe and solcita!

State of the 'Song
Full-body ache. Winter, I tire of you. Stop messing with me.

Also, it is Rabid Badger in the Uterus Week, so that explains my extra bonus rantiness. Hi.

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Couch, et Cetera
I informed my mother last night that we did not want a new living room set. It worked out better than expected - they'd decided to give us that in part because they thought Elayna wasn't going to Explo this year, so there'd be a lot of spare money. Surprise, Elayna is going to Explo! And I'd rather the money go towards Elayna than towards furniture we don't need.

My mother was, however, very nettled at the societal approbation she might receive by not having given me a birthday gift on my birthday. I promised I won't tell her friends. We'll work out gift stuff when she's here next weekend. Oh god she's here next weekend.

Oi, Knitters.
I have almost enough in Amazon.com giftcards for Addi Click interchangeables. My question: are they worth the money, and why? Denises are cheaper, but Denises are also acrylic, and I don't know how crazy that would drive me. I do best with bamboo. Thoughts?

Link Soup
* Wil Wheaton is posting about celiac disease. Yay! And yes, we really do get sick if you use the same knife. This is not me being "more sensitive than most people".
* Interesting foreign words.
* Awesome street art.
* Feminism 101: Helpful Hints for Dudes part Three: rape jokes. Important excerpt: "A lot of people accuse feminists of thinking that all men are rapists. That's not true. But do you know who think all men are rapists? Rapists do. They really do. In psychological study, the profiling, the studies, it comes out again and again." Trufax. Keep reading.
* Awesome marketing from Game of Thrones, which I cannot wait for, by the way.

Daily Science
Black holes are some of the heaviest objects in the universe. Electrons are some of the lightest. Now physicists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have shown how charged black holes can be used to model the behavior of interacting electrons in unconventional superconductors.

You can pretty much assume that my plans any given weekday are primarily work/writing. Hopefully this evening we'll get some cleaning done, in preparation for this week's scaled-down but still highly anticipated party. I know, work, writing, knitting, cleaning, my life is so exciting. (Except that it often actually is.)
3rd-Mar-2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
I have a metal set of Knit Picks Options, which I heard were modeled after the Addi ones. Having used Addi circs and the like for lace, I LOVE THEM. LOVE. The feel is very smooth, the tips are sharp, but not too sharp, and having a sent of interchangeable circular needles is a godsend. I am sure Addi's wooden ones would be just as good.

I say, get them. :)
3rd-Mar-2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I have several sets of Addi Turbos, and I can't stand them for knitting lace. The points are too dull, the metal is too slick, and the taper along the needle messes up my tension. But YMMV, and if anyone wants to try a set of Turbos, PM me with your USPS address and preferred needle size, and I'll see if I have a set for you.
3rd-Mar-2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
I do like the Knitpicks Options points better for lace and just about everything now because they are more sharp--I like me the sharp tips--but yeah, haven't had trouble with the Turbos. Could just be me. To each their own. :)

3rd-Mar-2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
And that Anon would be me, of course. Oops.
3rd-Mar-2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
"To each their own."

That's one of the things I like best about knitting. We can all personalize the processes to produce Cool Stuff(TM) in a way that makes us happy.
3rd-Mar-2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I find metal too slick for lace knitting, and I do a lot of lace knitting. If I'm going to Invest in a set, it's gotta be wood. Knit Picks Options Harmony Wood = pretty, but the one time I used Knit Picks Options (in metal) the cable fell out of the needle. Like, more than once. No.

I like the way the Denises (which are on loan) lock into the cables, but I don't like the feel of the acrylic needles. I know I should try more on a project that is not itself unwieldy.
3rd-Mar-2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
I don't do much in the way of lace, except for socks. But I'm about to start my first shawl in a cobweb cashmere/merino blend. So you may hear lots of cussing from my end of the world.
3rd-Mar-2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oh my. I salute your courage! I'm still gearing up to work with laceweight (most of my lace is fingering weight).
3rd-Mar-2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
I think I will print out a few dozen copies of the feminism for dudes 101 stuff and bring them with me to PAX. If nothing else, definitely the last one.
3rd-Mar-2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
4th-Mar-2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Emailed and commented asking for permission to do so. :)
4th-Mar-2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
And permission granted. I'll do the formatting and printing next week.
3rd-Mar-2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
I TOTES loved the Feminism 101 entry about rape jokes. Wonderful, and easy for its intended recipients to grok.
3rd-Mar-2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
I'm quite happy with my KA Switch set (except that I probably want smaller sizes now that I'm getting into lace, so I'll probably be getting more eventually). The swiveling action is really important for my wrists being happy with knitting, and the interchangeable set was much cheaper per needle size than any individually-sold swiveling circular needles I could find, so I sprung for a set. The cable has never come unscrewed for me so far, because the swiveling absorbs rotation rather than unscrewing the join. Oh, and that picture shows a larger set--the "Mid" set only has sizes 4-8.

I've never tried Addis or Denises, though, so I don't know how they compare.
3rd-Mar-2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Huh. Do they have smaller and larger needles? I use 3s, 10s, and 11s pretty regularly...
3rd-Mar-2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, but I can't find them sold individually on Amazon, just as sets of ranges such as 4-8, 9-15, or 5-15, so this may not actually be a useful route for you after all :/

(If you do want to look off of Amazon: I've found a lot of bits that can be mixed and matched here: http://shop.ebay.com/heather_pinkfeather/m.html . That's how I plan to get some smaller needles for lace. The one thing to watch out for is that cords come with different thicknesses of fittings, and needles will need a particular cord fitting type to attach to--so you can't use the same cord with a size 3 and a size 10, but you can use the same cord with size 10 and 11. I think this is why they tend to be sold in kits--they sell all the needles that work with a particular fitting type together.)
3rd-Mar-2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
Perhaps she could give you some token yummy yarn? Maybe one of big skeins of interesting goodness that cost more than you'd normalluy spend? Would also give you something to do while she's here.
3rd-Mar-2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
"Dear Mom, I want to make a blanket out of qiviut."
4th-Mar-2011 12:58 am (UTC)

You know, if she didn't live in Florida, she might be talked into buying enough qivuit for you to make her a scarf... just for the statussyness of it.
3rd-Mar-2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Personally, I like the Knit Picks set. I haven't had a cable fall out, and I've been using them for the past year.

However, I did pull the needle out of the joint, mostly because I think I was tugging on it way too hard, but a bit of glue and I was goo.

I do know that KP will replace faulty needles w/o question, just FYI.

In terms of the Addis, I know a lot of folks who love them.
3rd-Mar-2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but it took three weeks for KnitPicks to even respond to my several e-mails about that technical problem; I don't want to wait a month for a needle replacement!
4th-Mar-2011 02:37 am (UTC) - calling them is better, IMO
I have the KnitPicks Harmony set, and had a rough spot on one of the needle tips. I called their customer support number and received a replacement pair of tips within the week, no questions asked. YMMV :D
3rd-Mar-2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
Plain old Addi Clicks, meh, not so much. I find the tips on standard Addis blunt and the surface Too God Damned Slick. Also, I bend them (and Addi Lace, for that matter, and somehow also the cables) by knitting with them, although I'm told this is atypical.

There do exist Addi Lace Clicks*, which have longer/sharper tips and a slightly more slip-resistant coating, though mileage varies. You won't get the flexibility of bamboo, but otherwise these might suit you better if you're accustomed to bamboo drag.

Haven't bought Addi since the crazy bastard price-fixing scandal, I wanna say last year? That (and my apparent ability to destroy Addis with a thought) bugged me enough that I've been looking for new solutions. If you struggle with KP customer service, obviously that's not a fantastic option. I wish Kollage did interchangeables at all, let alone a stiffer cable version, because the hype about ergonomic awesomeness is definitely all that, plus the drag from Addi Lace is present.

I would not want to have acrylic needles plus cats in the same ten mile radius? But hell if I wouldn't snap up a Bryspun set if they made 'em.

* the plural should really be Addis Lace Click, dammit
3rd-Mar-2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Price-fixing scandal?

And I am so totally eyeing the Kollages for ergonomics purposes. But it doesn't make financial sense. :( Maybe just getting some 6s and/or 8s, since I use those the most...
4th-Mar-2011 02:49 am (UTC)
I'm misremembering it (it having been over a year) and shouldn't have said price fixing, but it's still aggravating as hell. Horrible price structure in the US and bad enforcement of it.

A small Hong Kong-based vendor, who's since closed down for other reasons (and eventually left HK anyway), was selling Addis and shipping them worldwide. She got cut off by the distributor with one hell of a RUINED FOREVER letter.

Later, there was a Rav thread illustrating just how variable the pricing is from territory to territory. The markup here in North America is stupidly disproportionate.

It had the same sense of scandal as any online teapot-tempest, but it left me feeling at best conflicted about buying Addi products, at least here.

Kollage needles are definitely expensive, yeah. I can get behind that a little more, since it's a smaller company and all. :) I definitely support getting a set or two in your common sizes, though! (Maybe one in the standard cable and one in the firmer version, since the standard cable doesn't appeal to everyone).
3rd-Mar-2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
Personally, I prefer bamboo, and I'd rather just own 15 circ sets that if I lose one, it doesn't screw any of the others. I also don't like knitting on metal; it's too slippery for me so I tend to avoid it. But YMMV.
3rd-Mar-2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd definitely be getting the bamboo Addis, not metal! And I own a set of sizes 0-13 in 24" cables, but sometimes I need a longer cable, and that "sometimes" is getting more often (I am in circular blanket and shawl land).
3rd-Mar-2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Also, congratulations for standing your ground on the sofa. I am muttering something that should not go within ten miles of a search engine in sympathy and conflictedness of personal failure in similar situations.
6th-Mar-2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
She's indirectly bought you peace of mind over where Elayna is during a large chunk of the day and guaranteed that you can be free to work and write and at least not have interruptions from the child during that same chunk of time. You can try to sell your mother to that.
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