this isn't so much about the knitting as it is about the knitting needles ! i finally caved and purchased some kp's harmony interchangeables. i floundered for awhile trying to decide between the harmony and their regular nickel plated, but went for the smooth wood (even in lieu of addi lace needles).
i did not get the standard set they sell, but went a la carte, only buying the parts and pieces i would or could use. the standard set comes with tip sizes i rarely use (ie: sizes 10.5 and 11). of course, now saying that, i will surely need them in an upcoming project. instead, i bought the fixed needles in sizes 2 and 3, and tips in sizes 4 through 8, plus cables. all in all, i spent a lot less and got excactly what i wanted.
about the needles ... smooth as glass. they are so smooth, slick w/o being slippery, pointy w/o being sharp, and they have a very nice taper. these are my new favorite needles in the world!
i had been waiting for these needles so i could start a new summer sweater project, but ended up casting on for a shawl instead.
this is my 2nd string, another version of susan lawrence's spring things shawl. i'm making it just as my first one ... which someone called 'dibs' on. but, this one IS for me.