Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Review: Addi Sock Rockets

Last year I decided to try Magic Loop to knit socks. I did a little research and decided to buy a set of Addi Turbos, US size 1, 40 inch circulars. I fell in love with them almost instantly and knit at least 8 pairs of socks with them. They are smooth, the joins are good, and the cords are flexible. The surface of the needles are slippery so the stitches move quickly. My only complaint was the they aren't terribly sharp, but it didn't bother me much.

These are V-Junkie Socks from the Socktopus book.
I knit these with Addi Turbos. Very sadly, they sprung a
hole... hopefully a future post will be 
about mending them!

About a month ago I decided to try Addi Lace Turbos in a metric size 2.25. I have loosened up in tension since I've grown more comfortable knitting socks and I wanted to try to tighten up my fabric a little. The Lace needles are much sharper! It's very nice to lace patterns and for cabling without a cable needle. The surface of the needles are not quite as slippery, so the stitches stick a little. It's rather nice for complicated patterns (Cookie A) since you don't run the risk of dropping stitches. I was in heaven after I bought these needles! Tighter fabric and sharper tips, everything seemed as perfect as could be.

These are Marilinda socks knit with Addi Lace needles

Last week I went into my LYS to purchase another pair of Lace needles, and what have we here! Addi Turbo Sock Rockets? The smoothness of the Turbo needles combined with the sharpness of the Lace needles? Can it be true?

I asked the lovely sales ladies if they had tried them, and they had not. I picked up a pair and four skeins of Regia sock yarn (on sale! I can't resist) and couldn't wait to get home to cast on. I was delayed by a visit from my sister that resulted in a 2 hour stay at the tattoo parlor, but that was fun. When I did finally cast on, I was instantly in love.

My sister's tattoo!

These needles are the best of both worlds. I can't believe how fast I can knit with them -- the stitches fly! Very lightweight, very sharp, very smooth. Love, love, love.

These are pretty much knitting themselves.

They are available in 24 inch cables and 40 inch cables. The sales ladies like to use 32 inch cables, so that was their beef with them. I like 40s just fine and am very happy with them. I believe I paid $13.50 for a set of 2.25mm.

If you like Magic Loop or have been thinking about trying it, I highly recommend these needles.

Happy knitting!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your review. It's really helping me with a buying decision.