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ikkivan
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
545 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2011 :  07:58:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Now THESE are some needles I will definitely order ... I had already found them and had the site bookmarked for later use. The close-up of the tips in Clara's review is what convinced me to order some, as that is exactly the tip I prefer for most of my knitting. To me, that is not a "short" taper at all (now the Swallow needles, those babies really have a short taper!) nor a really sharp tip; I don't care to knit lace and will usually bypass any patterns that call for knitting or purling more than two stitches together. Just doesn't work with my arthritic hands and wrists.

Anyway, thank you, Clara, for reminding me of these beautiful tools. I'll probably feel like a Cinderella princess while using them.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.

shaggy
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USA
4126 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2011 :  08:47:52 AM  Show Profile Send shaggy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh my, The designer needles are beautiful, I would never be able to choose. Everything has to be stress free for me at this time, so I will pass.

Hope you enjoy them Donna and please give us feedback when you receive them.



shaggy

every dollar makes Betty smile





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marfa
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USA
2054 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2011 :  09:48:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do.

Miz Clara, how do you manage to write so often about things I have had on my mind?

I have been knitting on my New Beginnigs project w.some wonderful Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn & feeling unhappy w/the circs I have been using - I had been thinking of other circs to use & glass ones had been at the top of my list.

Thanks for the lovely review & thanks too for the bottom part of the review - it's nice to know you bought the pair you used at Rhinebeck!

Thanks agian, Clara.
Martha

http://marfasmewsings.blogspot.com
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mberreth@gmail.com
New Pal

1 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2011 :  10:54:07 AM  Show Profile Send mberreth@gmail.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have 2 sets of these amazingly awesome circular needles, Triple Passion and Cobalt...love, love LOVE them. I bought them for the sheer beauty and LOVE them for the way they knit. I wish I could use them for every knitting project.
Highly recommended.
Michelle
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Lanea
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Posted - 03/10/2011 :  11:14:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I picked up a pair a year or two ago, and I absolutely love them. In fact, they may be just the thing to drag me out of my current knitting slump.

See proof of insanity: http://crazylanea.com/
Read my audiobook reviews: http://booksforears.com/
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hkpdx
New Pal

USA
19 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2011 :  11:19:02 AM  Show Profile Send hkpdx a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Take a look at their glass buttons. They are beautiful. I've purchased them for my sweaters that only need one spectacular button.
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71Bear
Chatty Knitter

USA
130 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2011 :  11:20:53 AM  Show Profile Send 71Bear a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Pretty.......
But not in my budget right now
But if I had the spare $$ I would for sure.
Thanks for sharing Clara!
Becky

"Works to support her new hobby of knitting and old hobby of mandolin playing"
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BlueStocking
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USA
945 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2011 :  2:01:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit BlueStocking's Homepage Send BlueStocking a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I so love these needles (and their buttons, too) (and their orifice hooks)! And Sheila and Micheal are just as awesome as their wares.

I will admit that these needles are one of only a few things I seem to purchase at festivals these days. They are so special and pretty (and it doesn't hurt that their booth at Rhinebeck is one down from mine. Which makes it, ahem, just a bit too easy to peruse the merchandise rather regularly over the course of the weekend.)

Jennifer

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?"

Yarns and Rare Spinning Fibers from Spirit Trail Fiberworks: http://www.spirit-trail.net
Blog: http://TheSpiritTrail.blogspot.com
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Jane
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USA
4390 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2011 :  3:00:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I feel like my knitting is enchanted whenever I use my glass needles. And as Clara says, they're not as delicate as you might think. I just love mine.

Jane

Betty deserves everything and more: Make a Donation
Blog: Not Plain Jane
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kbshee
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Posted - 03/10/2011 :  3:28:06 PM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love the needles and Michael and Sheila are both terrific. Glad to see them recognized on KR!

kim in oregon
http://kbshee.blogspot.com
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glassbuttons
Warming Up

79 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2011 :  5:33:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit glassbuttons's Homepage Send glassbuttons a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow and Wow....Made me Cry!
Clara...what can we say that could possibly tell you Thank you enough for your glowing review? Whatever that could be I would say it over and over again!
Thank you all so much for making what we do loved!
Our customers are THE BEST!!!
Sheila and Michael Ernst
http://www.glasspens.com

SheilaE
www.glasspens.com/buttons.html http://www.glassnut.blogspot.com/
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Jardinier
Chatty Knitter

USA
216 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2011 :  6:50:02 PM  Show Profile Send Jardinier a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The glass needles are beautiful - they are definitely on my wish list!
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minh
Permanent Resident and Destasher Extraordinnaire

USA
3464 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2011 :  9:12:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I needed something to cheer me up so after reading Clara's review and arguing with myself for a couple of hours, I ordered a pair of glass circular needles. The glass pens are lovely too, I love writing with a fountain pen -- that might be a good birthday present to ask for!

http://minkyknits.blogspot.com
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Lanea
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5192 Posts

Posted - 03/11/2011 :  06:23:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Shelia, your work is astounding. I have a horde of your buttons awaiting the perfect yarns for a pair of sweaters. I've been an obsessive collected of lamp-worked beads for years, and the buttons and needles feel like an extension of that collection.

Oh and the pens?! Pens are such a weakness for me, and of course Minh would be the one to wave a pen before my eyes. Maybe that will be my annual treat at one of the festivals this year, since I may not ever need any more yarn again.

See proof of insanity: http://crazylanea.com/
Read my audiobook reviews: http://booksforears.com/
Buy handmade sock knitting bags: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5031570
Join the KR Webring: http://www.crazylanea.com/fiberarts/2006/07/the_knitters_re.html
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glassbuttons
Warming Up

79 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2011 :  2:16:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit glassbuttons's Homepage Send glassbuttons a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks to you all for making this an Awesome week of orders!
I hope that you will all be back for more.

Lanea, I hope that you find a home for the buttons..you know you can always change them out to a new home later. I'd love to see pictures when you get them placed.

Please be sure and stop by to say Hello if you come to one of our shows. It's always wonderful to meet our customers.

SheilaE
www.glasspens.com/buttons.html http://www.glassnut.blogspot.com/
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flicka
Seriously Hooked

880 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2011 :  4:21:34 PM  Show Profile Send flicka a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have two buttons made by the Ernsts. I got them at Madrona. I love them so much. I'm making an ascot-style scarf which will use one of the buttons if I can bear to have it where I can't see it (under my chin)!

Shaggy, the buttons are completely stress-free. Kind of like negative stress; they make me happy.

flicka
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Schaeferyarnlover
Gabber Extraordinaire

513 Posts

Posted - 03/15/2011 :  10:16:51 AM  Show Profile Send Schaeferyarnlover a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Sheila,
If your button is sewn on a sweater, would they have to be removed before washing the garment, even hand washing?
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minh
Permanent Resident and Destasher Extraordinnaire

USA
3464 Posts

Posted - 03/16/2011 :  6:29:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I received my pair of glass circular needles today - WOW! I was showing them to my husband and he was quite impressed too (as any knitter's significant other should be!)
I'm currently knitting a pair of socks for a Knitalong but I'm thinking of cheating on my project so that I can knit with these needles right away...

http://minkyknits.blogspot.com
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Clara
queen bee

USA
4404 Posts

Posted - 03/16/2011 :  6:43:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Minh, I think...no I KNOW that your current project would understand and not only forgive you but encourage you to sneak off with those glass needles for a weekend.

Clara
Your friendly Knitter's Review publisher
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Ceil
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USA
1811 Posts

Posted - 03/16/2011 :  8:08:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Schaeferyarnlover

Hi Sheila,
If your button is sewn on a sweater, would they have to be removed before washing the garment, even hand washing?



I bought button covers at my LYS that are used for washing garments. Check them out.

Ceil
(Ravelry: ceilr)
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
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flicka
Seriously Hooked

880 Posts

Posted - 03/16/2011 :  8:33:38 PM  Show Profile Send flicka a Private Message  Reply with Quote


quote:
originally posted by ceil:
I bought button covers at my LYS that are used for washing garments. Check them out.


That sounds like a great product! When I googled "button covers" I didn't find anything like what you describe, so I will check my LYSes. I am learning something new every day! Thanks!

flicka
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