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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A Wicked Case of A Needle Malfunction

So remember how the other day I showed you Wicked and said I only had 20 rounds until I cast off for the body? Last night I sat down with it and got to work, hoping that I would be able to finish the body before bedtime. Well, as I was knitting along, I noticed that the needle in my right hand was feeling a bit funny. The yarn kept feeling like it was catching on it, so I took a look and sure enough, the needle was coming out of the metal sleeve that covers the needle/cord joint. Fortunately I caught it before I lost any stitches, but it had to be glued before I could knit anymore.I don't know if this problem is a needle problem or just because these needles are several years old. These are size 7's US and with the weight of a worsted weight sweater hanging off of them, there is probably quite a bit of stress at the joint, and this is far from the first sweater I've knit on them. I have learned the hard way that I need to let the super glue dry before I try to knit again or I'll glue my fingers to the needles.* I put the clip on the cable to keep the sweater from getting glued to the needles also. At this point I have about 5 and a half rounds left before casting off for the body and I WILL get those last few rounds done today - maybe I'll even be able to start sleeves!

*I tend to be adhesive challenged. 9 times out of 10 I'll super glue myself to what ever I'm trying to fix or even just glue myself to myself. Mickael has rescued me with nail polish remover more times than I care to remember. Back when we were first married and had to do our own moving (we refer to them as the UHaul days), we had a tape gun to close up the boxes and more often than not, I would tape myself to the box in the process of closing it. He always rescued me from the boxes too. Now that our moves are taken care of by his job, my biggest adhesive concerns are super glue related. Its good to have movers.



Anonymous Eva said...

Thanks for the laugh :) I guess that's why I ask our 'man for all things' in the office to superglue stuff for me. He thinks it is hilarious when the women come to see him with a tube of superglue and whatever needs to be fixed (heels are on the top of the list).
Cheers Eva

12:46 PM  
Anonymous diana said...

Are the needles from Crystal Palace by any chance? They look like they might be, with the metal joins and all. I had a pair that did the same thing (to rather explosive results) literally the second time I used them... needless to say, I have not bought a pair of CP needles since. (I did hear, however, that CP has changed their needles recently, and one can only hope that they now have better joins! oh, and when I superglued my needles, I ended up not only with superglue all over me but all over my knitting. =(

12:47 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Wow, you've been doing some serious knitting. You blew out a needle :). I have issues with my dh paint spray gun. Last time I used it I got paint on the barn, the tree, my hair. Pretty much everything besides what I was painting.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Good to know that I'm not the only one who is superglue challenged. I glued a little tiny pair of angel wings to my thumb one Christmas Eve when I was trying to repair an ornament that had fallen off the tree. DH and I laughed our assets off. :)

Loving the Wicked. I might need to do one of those for myself.

4:33 PM  
Blogger e's knitting and spinning blog said...

This has happened to me several times. Pooh!

5:36 PM  
Blogger Patricia W said...

If those are Crystal Palace needles...I have had the same experience...while knitting fair isle no less. Actually, I've had 3 of them come apart just like that...I don't buy them anymore either.

11:47 PM  
Blogger SuzannaBanana said...

I'm usually good with handyman (handywoman) tasks, but not Super Glue. Congratulations on not getting the needle stuck to your fingers.

Are those Addi needles? I had an Addi separate on me once.

1:43 PM  

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