Splurge Review: Denise In A Della Q Double

Its time for a Splurge Review!!! So there are times when I go out and spend a large amount of money on an object like an e-reader, shoes, underwear, pajamas, knitting needles, yarn, etc. What better way to feel content with blowing my money than to share that wonderfulness with you!

I have been wanting to buy an interchangeable knitting needle set for a couple of years now. But, I have very bad decision making skills (they are practically nonexistent) and I couldn’t get over the price for them. So I never got any. A few weeks ago I was working on a knitting project for a friend, and as I was looking for the appropriate knitting needle I was sitting on my bed with a pile of tangled needles trying to get the one I needed to come free. DISASTER. It finally happened, but needless to say I didn’t want to try that again. Thus I started my search for a set once again. With all of the money spent on bamboo knitting needles one at a time and still not having or being able to find the size I need, the money for a complete set would be well worth it.

Here is what I found…. There are A LOT of interchangeable knitting needle sets out there! and even more reviews. Every set has people that love it and people that think it is utter rubbish. I had to think about what I knit a lot of…. shawls, and hats….mostly hats. I work on other things too, but those are my go-to boredom projects. Not many sets offered cords in smaller lengths… most of the cord lengths I found started at 24 inches. But I found the Denise Interchangeable set and they had smaller cord lengths. AND (this was the selling point for me) you could purchase the set in a Della Q organizer. SOLD. So as I was clicking the add to cart I found that for about $25 more I can get an entire set of interchangeable crochet needles added to the set in a Della Q Double, and I had the choice of 4 colors… each case color corresponds with the cord colors.

I chose to go with the purple case and it came with lavender cords. Its gorgeous. The shipping time (if you put in the correct zip code… I tend to have a problem with this) is about 3 days.  Upon opening the package I was very excited. Rolled up and tied it is not overly large. It can easily fit into a bag or purse, making travel knitting a bit easier. Also speaking of travel knitting, these knitting needles are not wood or metal, they are made from plastic and are deemed airline safe. SCORE! Knitting on a plane is back my friends! So here is a list of what came in my roll:

14 pairs of knitting needles (US5/3.75mm – US19/15mm including a second pair of US5/3.75mm needles and 7mm needles), plus 12 crochet hooks (from F5/3.75mm to 19/15mm), and9 cords (2 each of 3″ & 5″, 1 each of 9″, 12″, 14″, 16″ and 19″) (8, 13, 23, 30, 36, 41 and 48 cm), along with 4 end buttons, and 2 extenders. All in a specially adapted della Q case of poly/silk, with needle pockets labeled in US and metric sizes.

Pretty Stylish huh!? Another wonderful thing about this set…. all of the parts are guaranteed for life! So if anything goes wrong it will be replaced. That’s pretty fantastic in my book.

Ok so knitting with these bad boys… I was very nervous about this. I have been knitting on bamboo needles since I started knitting. I am used to them and thought that I would HATE knitting on plastic. So not the case. These needles are amazing. They are smooth and knitting just seems to glide. The connections where the cords meet the needles are  a little locking contraption and thus far after 1 and a half projects I have had no issue with them coming undone or my yarn getting caught. Also, I should note that I am a notoriously tight knitter, but these needles made it not a problem. They easily slipped into y tight stitches and glided off. No issues. No struggling. No frustrations (I always got frustrated with my wooden needles, especially trying to knit my cast-on row).

Thus far I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend these needles to others. Don’t be turned off by the fact that they are not the fancy colored or stained wood needles that you get in some sets, these needles can absolutely hold their own again them and are sleek looking in their own right.  I just started to work on a cardigan (my first garment knitting project ever!) and I will let you know how these needles hold up with a bigger project.

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Getting My Craft On!

A crafting blog! I am so excited about this. My wonderful sister created the lovely banner that you see above. If you have followed my “life” blog From Wench It Came you know that I have been a bit on the immobile side while I await back surgery after an accident overseas.  So since I have been back home in America, I have been keeping busy with different crafty endeavors.  Some I am trying for the first time, and some I have been dabbling in for some time.

I just finished a knitted project.  The pattern came from Stephen West. I just discovered this awesome man / designer. I have to be honest and say that I have come across few male knitting patterns that I could confidently  give to a male friend and have them be like ‘Thats awesome!” and not like “ummm, thanks?”. haha. But with Stephen West I did.

My Uncle Charles is a big, burly, tatted, motorcycle-riding man. He likes to wear beanies to keep his head warm in the cooler florida winter months. So upon my search I found Stephen West’s Windschief hat.  I decided to go with Cascade 22o Superwash yarn. The color matches my Uncle’s motorcycle. The yarn is a delight to work with and Cascade 220 has been my ‘go-to’ yarn since I first learned how to knit. I made the large size on size 6 and 7 needles as the pattern suggested for gage. The pattern is written very well and is very easy to follow. Its perfect for a mindless knit or for someone who is just learning the ropes of knitting. It took me 2 solid days to complete. I am very pleased with the end results. I used my mother as my hat model…needless to say its a bit large on her, but I am hopeful that it will be perfect for my uncle.