Knitting lace shawl is one of the most satisfying activities. It’s time consuming, but light and portable – that is why lace knitting is ideal for long-haul travel. I didn’t always like knitting lace. In fact I didn’t like it at all at first because the ordinary needles were too blunt to catch a fine thread of yarn; I couldn’t get a nice rhythm when I knitted lace. When I first encountered Addi lace circular needles, my mind was blown away. Now you can get a whole set of Addi Click Lace Needle Kit. So today I am going to review this amazing sets of needles.
I have already reviewed the standard Addi Click needles Feb 2010 so I won’t repeat what I have already said about the basic mechanism of Addi interchangeable needles. In this review, I will concentrate more on the additional features and “lace-knittability” (LOL) compared to the standard one.
There are two new features that differ from the standard Add Click. The first difference is that the case has a nice textured faux leather instead of the smooth mat finish. The second is that there is a zipper pocket at the back of the case where you can put the spare cords and other knitting notions.
There are 8 pairs of needles from 3.5 – 8 mm thickness while there are 10 pairs for the standard one (i.e. you have 10 mm needle in the standard set but I guess you wouldn’t be needing such thick needles for lace…).
Instead of 1 pair short of the needles, you have 5 cords (as supposed to 3) of length 40, 50, 60, 80 and 100 cm. They are very flexible to use. The connectors are identical so I can use the red cord with the standard needles and vice versa. Having a very short cord such as 40 and 50 cm, my lace project would be nice and compact to carry in my bag. Which is also very good π
The needles are much shorter than that of the standard needles. I am not sure of the significance of it but I don’t feel an disconfort in using shorter needles. In fact, I prefer it shorter because I can tuck the whole thing much more compact into my bag to carry around.
The needles are also sharper. This is what I LOVE about the lace needles. It picks up the finest thread of yarn with no problems. What is great about the Addi lace needles are that it is not too sharp that it would split the yarn.
Good knitting needles allow you to knit much more effectively with a nice rhythm (you can imagine a very good knitters knit fast with constant clicks. I find this so soothing). Lace projects are one of the most time consuming knitting project. They are also quite difficult to mend if you knit a wrong stitch down the row. I feel that Addi lace needles totally improve your knitting efficiency. I can definitely feel the difference.
So what now?…
Knit more laces! π