Friday, January 25, 2013

New for the "Crafty Lady" - ChiaoGoo Needles


ChiaoGoo Bamboo Needles
New Arrivals - "ChiaoGoo" circular knitting needles, double points, straights and interchangeables!

If you like Bamboo ...

Warm to the touch (even when left out in the car on a cold winter night!), ChiaoGoo bamboo needles are eco-friendly.  ChiaoGoo needles use moso bamboo, the largest and strongest of the bamboo species.  Bamboo is a fast-growing, renewable resource - and moso bamboo is too big for panda bears to eat, they prefer the smaller species. 

Both the ChiaoGoo straight needles and double point bamboo needles have the US and metric sizes permanently laser printed on the needle, so it will not wear off. 

If you prefer interchangeables, you'll love the ChiaoGoo Spin Set.  The join between the needle tip and the cable utilize a screw mechanism (hence the name Spin) and are secured by a key so they won't pop off. These interchangeables also feature lifeline holes in the cables, so you will never have to unravel a piece over a mistake again.  (See Michelle Hunter's lifeline video to learn three different options for creating a lifeline.)  The ChiaoGoo Spin Set comes in Small (needle sizes US 2 - US 8), Large (US 9 - US 15) and Complete (US 2 - US 15) and all include a pretty and functional zippered case to keep your needles neat and secure!

If you prefer steel . . . .

ChiaoGoo Steel Red Lace
Have you tried the ChiaoGoo Steel Red Lace fixed circular needles?  These wonderful, lightweight needles are made of a high-grade, strong, stainless steel. They have a nice, smooth satin sheen that does not reflect any light, making it easier to see your work! The flexible cord is a multi-strand, nylon-coated steel cable which allows your yarn to slide easily.  The tip is ridiculously sharp - excellent for lace knitting or patterns with a lot of increases and decreases.

ChiaoGoo Twist Needle Set
 For a great value, get the ChiaoGoo Twist Interchangeable Set.  It's everything you love about ChiaoGoo's Steel Red Lace circular needles—lightweight yet strong stainless steel needle tips, flexible nylon-coated steel cables, and sharp lace tips—and it comes in a convenient and quality interchangeable set.  The join between the needle tip and the cable utilize a twist mechanism (hence the name Twist) and are secured by a key.  The interchangeables also feature lifeline holes in the cables, (See Michelle Hunter's lifeline video to learn three different options for creating a lifeline.)  The ChiaoGoo Twist Set comes in Small (needle sizes US 2 - US 8), Large (US 9 - US 15) and Complete (US 2 - US 15) and all include a stylish and functional zippered case to keep your needles neat and secure!

Leary of purchasing items made in China?  No worries.  ChiaoGoo is manufactured in China by a family-owned business which prides themselves with offering high quality knitting needles.  Started by four brothers, they were taught bamboo work by their father and grandfather, both traveling bamboo craftsman.  But their real inspiration came from their mother, an avid knitter who was their needle tester and often asked for special bamboo needles to meet her needs. 

And just what does ChiaoGoo mean?  Chiao (pronounced chau) means "crafty" and a Goo (pronounced gu) is a "lady".  So a ChiaoGoo is a "crafty lady"!

Happy knitting!    Amy

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