5
April
2007

At the end of my cable…

I’m back to knitting at work again (good = knitting yay! bad = doing lots of page proofs boo!). And yesterday, one of my Knit Picks Options cables broke. The cable pulled out of the end piece. It had been loose for a while, but there was a loud pop (literally, it was quite impressive) and suddenly the stitches fell off. Now, this isn’t the disaster it could have been. I was knitting large-gauge stockinette and had another needle around to scoop up the stitches onto. The project was getting to the point where I thought I’d need two circulars anyway to work it, so I had one to switch it out. And as long as the broken side is on the left hand needle, where I’m pushing stitches onto it, not away from it, it’s all good.

Anyway, it was a clean disconnect and I’m thinking that a dab of superglue in the hole might fix it. Anyone have any experience with this?

In other news, I went poking around Knit Picks’ site when looking up the Options URL and noticed that they’ve done a redesign. Some things are much better — it’s much easier to find yarns now (I hated that search form before when I just wanted to browse certain categories). Some things perplexed me — of course I had to place an order, but there’s a “Qty” box and a “Add to Stash” button (how cute, not a cart, but a stash). If I just want one of something, I shouldn’t have to enter a quantity. It should default to 1. And it didn’t. And the “Qty” field is sort of muted. So I had to call them to figure out why I couldn’t add coil-less safety pins to my order after trying several times. Okay, so maybe I’m lame and blind and shouldn’t be shopping at 7am. But I’m also a savvy-surfer and shouldn’t have been frustrated by that. They want to make it easy for me to buy something, not hard.

I also noticed that their funky KIPer project bags are on clearance. I guess they weren’t as successful as Options. If you’re curious about trying them, or have a couple but wanted to get the other sizes, go now!



32 comments

  1. stacey:

    I had the cable pop out of 2 pairs of plain circulars (not the interchangeable ones) - I called and they replaced one, but then the other popped out and I just super glued it. Works fine now!

  2. Lia:

    I super glued mine, too, and it’s stayed nicely. So now I have 2-for-1 size 2s.

    Yeah, I’m not really liking the new site. It’s very obnoxious having to type in qty every time. I’ve found a few other weird things. HOpefully they iron out the glitches soon.

  3. Chris:

    *makes mental note about the cables* Hmm…

  4. Telmah:

    I’ve had 2 cables break as well, I joked with my man about the amount of actual knitting I could have gotten done in the time it took me to pick up alllll those dropped stitches. Even with the occasional cost of replacing them until they work out that defect, the Options set is still a good deal IMO.

  5. Holly Burnham:

    I’ve never had a cable break….but now I will be tense everytime I pick them up knowing my time is coming.

  6. Frarochvia:

    The redesign bugs me, if only because I can no longer see pictures on Benkei. Wtf? It’s not like Sidekicks are unusual.

  7. Veronica:

    I just stumbled on your blog- nice! I’ve superglued needles before, and everything worked out for the best. I advise not applying the glue to the needle when it is still attached to your knitting, though- I almost had a minor disaster!

  8. Kim:

    Hi Amy, I followed your link over from Go Knit In Your Hat. You said everything I wanted to say, except that I don’t work at MIT, I just went there.

    Thanks for the tip on the KIPer bags, too!

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