New is just what it’s cracked up to be…

So I’ve been knitting for 18 years… I’ve seen a lot of advances in those years such as interchangeable needle sets, yarn made out of all sorts of fibers, accessories to make knitting life easier and so much more.  With that said, there is rarely the new item that really grabs my attention and makes me click “add to cart”. However this happened just yesterday and today I woke up having buyer’s remorse but like most things I should pay attention to the details and not react so quickly.

I mention interchangeable needle sets because the new purchase I made was from the maker of one of the first (and one of the best) interchangeable needle set makers, Addi. Whenever I see the brand name Addi I know it’s going to be well engineered, well made and backed by exceptional customer service stateside by the distributor, Skacel Collection, Inc. This is exactly what went through my mind when I saw a link to their new FlexiFlips, 21cm circulars that have 3.5″ tips connected by a 1″ cord. They are meant to be flexible double pointed needles (DPNs), used in twos to replace the four rigid DPNs that would normally hold a small number of circular stitches, such as when knitting a sock. You split the total number of stitches in half, one half goes on one of the FlexiFlips and the rest go on the other FlexiFlips. Brilliant! I immediately saw the advantage as having four less tips to manage with as well as allaying many a beginner’s fears of sock knitting because of “all those needles…”.

I went to Google and put in FlexiFlips where I saw a video which showed the concept and I was hooked. I went to an online retailer of Addi needles, that was having a sale, and ordered my most used sizes. I knew that they were on backorder but didn’t know for how long. I got the email confirmation and they showed the cost and the quantity, each. That’s where paying attention to details is important. This morning, the very next morning I thought, well you have two needles that hold the stitches – but you still need a third to knit the stitches off.  Well, I had only bought one of each size I wanted and suddenly realized that buying three of each size was going to be MUCH more expensive venture than a normal, bamboo set of DPNs would be. FlexiFlips might make sock knitting easier but how much yarn could I buy with that same amount of money….?  I emailed the online retailer, cancelling my order. Whew! Impulse buy averted! However my mind kept going back to the ease of the FlexiFlips and curiosity got the best of me so I thought I’d peek at the Skacel site to see what they say about the FlexiFlips. They answer my concerns by describing that each SET of FlexiFlips is sold in sets of 3.  Oh! That makes perfect sense and I wish I had gone to the distributor’s site first to understand the product better. So that means that the online retailer that said “each” must have really meant “number of sets” and so I emailed them for clarification. I may just get them after all…

1 thought on “New is just what it’s cracked up to be…”

  1. I’m a traditionalist. I know what works for me. I love Addi, and Chiao Goo. I stick with their circulars and DPNs. I’ve been knitting for about 45 years.

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