Today I painted my Addi Click Needles. They are an interchangeable knitting needle set. They come with a number of different needles that you can affix to different lengths of cord, making it possible to knit a variety of projects with just this one set of needles.
My dad, Ben, taught me to knit about 10 years ago. He had taken up the craft when he quit smoking. I was looking for something to do with my hands while I watched TV. I had a little baby, and honestly, I felt a little guilty taking “me” time. If I wanted to just sit around and watch America’s Next Top Model, I felt like I was being a burden on my tired husband, asking him to watch our baby. But if I was knitting too? Hey! I was actually being productive AND getting a moment to myself.
I started out with straight needles. I was super nervous to start knitting in the round, it looked SO complicated. Of course, when I finally got the nerve to do it, I loved it! I bought a few pairs of circular needles, but I quickly noticed that there was a definite difference from the bargain needles and the higher quality ones.
I am a big believer in quality tools. My mom taught me that you should always buy the best quality tool you can afford. You will always be happier with a better tool. Be it a power tool or a knitting needle, this is an absolute truth. I had some pretty poor quality circular needles where I had to fight with the plastic to get anything done well. I read internet tutorials about putting the plastic part in very hot water to try to soften them up. Let me tell you, that doesn’t work.
When I learned about interchangeable needles, I was intrigued. When I tried them out, I knew that they were the tool for me. I LOVE my addi click needles. My mother-in-law gave them to me for Christmas one year, and I have not had to buy another needle since. I have added some additional sizes to my kit, but other than that, these babies and I have worked together on every knitting project I have done.
I even learned how to use the magic loop method of knitting so I don’t have to use double pointed needles anymore. I just have this case and these needles and I can pretty much knit anything I’ve ever wanted to make.
The problem is that this case is not pretty. It’s plain and brown and booooooring (I felt guilty typing that out, it’s the one of the only bad words we have in our house. Boring, hate, and shut up are the worst you can say in our house. The rest of the uncouth words are just called “Grown up” words in our house). I am always thinking that I will make myself a better case, but the functionality of this one is hard to beat, so I travel around with this brown pleather case and my AMAZING needles.