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« on: January 03, 2009 03:11:35 PM »


I completed this project using Lion Brand Speed stix and red heart leftover yarn from a friend's project. I read some bad reviews about speed stiX...but I confess I had a good time. I would like to share the results with you.I hope you like my scarf..or shal...or head cover...or... Cheesy These needles can help you make a gift in one hour!
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2009 04:09:32 PM »

I haven't tried them, but you scarf is beautiful.  Aren't they hard to use?
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009 04:22:32 PM »

At first the needles felt a little weird in my hands since it is so thick...but after a while it is a walk in the park. You just have to get used to it....I really had a lot of fun, and I am already planing on my next project. The good thing about this 50 size needles is that you can use those funky yarns and actually see what you are doing it  Grin. I am thinking to get some fetucinni from Lion Brand.
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2009 05:39:09 PM »

Your scarf looks great!

I used SpeedStix to make a "six-hour, basket weave afghan" (a Lion Brand pattern from a booklet) that took me more like ten hours (learning curve -- the project asked us to use four strands of chunky yarn at a time, which I'd never done before). It was very physical knitting! Like a mini-workout.  Smiley The SpeedStix are the same diameter as our kitchen broom handle, so at one point when I had a problem, I moved all 40 giant stitches onto the broom handle so I could get a better picture of issue and because I was so curious about how wide the finished product would be. A friend of mine wanted to knit a project twice as wide as the afghan, for a rug, I think, so I suggested she sharpen and wax two broom handles for needles (which could be a great gag for a knitting event?), but I'd think they'd get pretty heavy after a while. At any rate, I thought the SpeedStix were fun for a one-time project, and I love my afghan -- nice 'n' cozy.

Anyway, your scarf looks great! Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2009 05:51:42 PM »

I have some spped stix and I love them!  This scarf looks warm and cozy!  Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2009 06:04:21 PM »

Maybe I'll have to pick some up and try them out..I have a convertible needles kit so I never buy new needles, but such good results.
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2009 06:11:36 PM »

You will love it...if you can get a 40% coupon for Joann or Michael...the price gets even better! There is a an awsome yarn sale at Joann by the way.
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2009 07:22:02 PM »

Nice...I just got a coupon in my inbox from AC Moore. I need to sign up at Joann's for their coupons.  I can't wait until I can use the newest coupon.  I think it starts in a couple of days.  Thanks.
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2009 07:29:02 PM »

Nice Perach! I literally almost bought those tonight at Joanns, they have an off brand BTW I can't remember the name of it, that were for $6.99 and with the 40% off coupon, that's a pretty fun deal even if you only use it for 2 or 3 crafts and then pass them along?

My question was, did you use ultra thick yarn? That's what I was looking for and I didn't see anything I wanted to knit with? What do you recommend?
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2009 08:00:27 PM »

Hello Be!!
     Believe it or not I used red heart, medium weight ( gotta love this yarn..cheap as a cup of Joe). In my view the yarn is kind of skinny, but thanks to the mega stitch you can fluff up the project and you get a chunky look. I think almost any yarn would work with this needles, medium to bulky weight. So wool easy, bloucle, cupcake...all these might work just fine! I read somewhere that you can mix the "furry" ones with microspoon and get a cool look. I am dying to try the fettuccine yarn...this yarn is flat, and you get a ribbon like work. One thing that I will avoid at all cost is sleek (silky) kind of yarns while I am still getting hold of these needles.
    I hope I helped a little. Let me know about your project...and thanks for letting me know that there is already a generic one in the market...you said Joann has the generic one?
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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2009 08:31:56 PM »

What sorts of bad reviews were you hearing?  My craft of choice is crocheting, and I love love love my speed hooks.  I can't imagine what the negativity would be for the stix.

BTW, the scarf/shawl/headcovering/whatever-the-mood-strikes looks really neat!
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« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2009 11:47:02 PM »

What a brilliant idea, life-changing to say the least - to use a funky yarn and be able to see what you are doing!

I bought a pair of these 50 mm needles in the after-Christmas sale at a certain store in Berwick, Nova Scotia. But I had no idea what I was going to knit with them - or how - until now.
Isn't it great to come across this thread!

And I shall tell the friend I was with. She got herself a pair of them as well.
There is no noticeable brand that I remember (I will check and get back if there is one.) but for a price of 99 cents - AND on sale at 40% off ... I am not worried.

Happy New Year and happy knitting to all,
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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2009 08:10:43 AM »

   Jane what a steal! I hope you will have some great fun. I am having a ball.

  About the reviews abssinth...I usually read Joann & amazon reviews and look for forums...but for the life of me I cannot remember which one, or even if both sites I mentioned had some people complaining about the needle...The people were mentioning it was just too hard to hold, consequently more difficult to knit..I assumed that was individual feel for the needle rather than a quality issue, you know some gals have arthritis, or tiny hands...
  I had been waitting to get the 50 size needles since I got my 35 a couples years ago....I will tell you that "big bad girl" and I will have a load of fun. Now I have to hold the walllet and not go bankrupt buying yarn..hahha. Grin
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« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2009 08:35:25 AM »

Your scraf is so pretty! Good job. Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2009 09:36:26 AM »

    I hope I helped a little. Let me know about your project...and thanks for letting me know that there is already a generic one in the market...you said Joann has the generic one?

Yes I saw them yesterday but dang, 99cents is a SWEET deal on these babies! BTW the ones I saw were GREY in color, but I think with how big they are if you are using any contrasting color it will be easy to see. I'm going to grab some and some yarn...

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« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2009 10:26:28 AM »

    I hope I helped a little. Let me know about your project...and thanks for letting me know that there is already a generic one in the market...you said Joann has the generic one?

Yes I saw them yesterday but dang, 99cents is a SWEET deal on these babies! BTW the ones I saw were GREY in color, but I think with how big they are if you are using any contrasting color it will be easy to see. I'm going to grab some and some yarn...



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« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2009 02:37:22 PM »

how much yarn do you need to have in order to make a scarf with stupid big needles llike that?  I'm wanting to make one,  and possibly just find myself some sticks of this size, intead of searching my small city to find them. (we have walmart.......yeah... that's it... and the fabric/ crafting section is really really bare all the time) 

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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2009 03:45:46 PM »

Hi Belladune~

   I used some left over yarn...I would say it was about a little less than 1/2 skein of a regular Red Heart yarn. That is it. Walmart carry Red Heart for sure, and I bet some needles.
   If I may make a suggestion...some gals are finding this great needles for very little money..maybe you can do a personal swap and get some for you! Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2009 05:01:27 PM »

hrm, that little?Huh  wow!  I have sooooooooooooooooooooo much yarn its not even funny......>.>   My Grandma gave a whole bunch when she was downsizing her stash... probably about 15-20 skeins...... yeah, then what I had before that... and what I've spun...... >.>  Perhaps I can do a swap with one of these girls that have found speedstix for cheap!   good suggestion!
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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2009 03:37:31 PM »

Great job!  What kind of stitch did you use?  Stockinette?  Garter?
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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2009 06:00:53 PM »

Great job!  What kind of stitch did you use?  Stockinette?  Garter?

If I have my vocabulary is correct..I just knitt in one side and purls at the other...Simple simple. The magic is the needles...and if you want a little BAM..you can always use a "fency shemsy" yarn! Cheesy

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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2009 06:39:25 PM »

My fency shmesy yarn will be in my lap soon!! YAY Grin .....If anone make a project with these needles let me know!!
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« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2009 06:41:19 PM »

Looks great, very lacy and feminine.

I love my Speed Stix and use them a lot for quick afghans and scarves that combine several different kinds of yarns. They are a bit like knitting with telephone poles (and they do seem to prompt a lot of *ahem* jokes from non-knitters), but they are fun!
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« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2009 09:05:57 PM »

Looks great, very lacy and feminine.

I love my Speed Stix and use them a lot for quick afghans and scarves that combine several different kinds of yarns. They are a bit like knitting with telephone poles (and they do seem to prompt a lot of *ahem* jokes from non-knitters), but they are fun!

Thanks for the comment I am so LOL... I hear you about the jokes....The funny looks at the bus station are the best..you just can hear them thinking "What the hell ??!"
I am so in love with these needles...I am even thinking to supersize some on the circular ones... Grin
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« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2009 12:03:32 PM »

I bought some of these sticks a while back... haven't knitted in a while though due to work and moving but I think I shall get the big sticks back out and get to work :-) I only ever made scarves with mine, which I loved, though I think I will try a blanket this time as the weather channel has just informed me of snow headed this way...
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« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2009 08:23:23 PM »

This was my very first project working with the stix. Scarves are a safe project for a try out on a new pair of needles  Smiley. I bet you would be able to make a lovely blanket with these babies...hey if you have Michael's near you...they are having a good sale on yarns. I got a few samples today...just a few skeins for cheap to warm up the hand Smiley. Let me know about the project...I would love to follow it.
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« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2009 11:01:25 PM »

how many stitches did you cast on ...and how long is the scarf....great job.....
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« Reply #27 on: March 15, 2009 11:10:32 AM »

how many stitches did you cast on ...and how long is the scarf....great job.....

Thanks for you cumpliments...Sur I will help you with that! I should have stated in the original post anyway. I have no clue how to write patterns so this silly details scapes me. I am glad you asked.

 I casted 28 stitches and the scraft lenght is 56 inches in total. I love it and I have been usind a lot...as scarf or headcover for cold days!  Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2009 08:14:09 PM »

What kind of cast on did you use?
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« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2009 08:19:07 PM »

I had to look for the "method' I use...it is called Long-tail cast on  Smiley

check this link here...they have some pics..http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/FEATsum05TT.html
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Thanks, that's the one I use most too.
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