BigStix PINK!

Hello knitters and crocheters! There’s so much to say I hardly know where to begin! Yes, it’s been a while, but the good news is that not only are we back, we’re here to stay. What I thought might only be a short fling has blossomed into a long term relationship with no end in sight. Yeah!

So jumping right in, about 10 months ago I was introduced to Bob. He loves to create in his workshop! I had an idea for some very large knitting needles after seeing the enthusiasm for arm knitting. While I think arm knitting is fun and a great way to get people introduced to knitting, I’m not a fan of the restrictions or the difficulty when you want to do cables, colourwork, or even just pause in your knitting. So I talked to Bob about making our own needles and I’m glad to say we’ve finally locked down the final version of the circular needles, swing needles, and a crochet hook! Are there others out there with large needles? Absolutely! But none of them are like ours (I may be a little biased) and we guarantee every pair we make to be free of defects or we’ll replace them free!

So the next post will be about the swing needles and crochet hooks (and they’ll be available for order as well). Today I’m going to talk to you about our special needles to help fight breast cancer – BigStix™ PINK!

Yes, these are the same BigStix™ Classic needles you know, with 3 exceptions!

  1. The tubing is PINK! This is breast cancer awareness month and we’ve replaced our blue tubing with this pink one to help raise awareness. It’s the same great fat tubing as in our classics to hold the big stitches you’re going to make with your needles, just pink instead!
  2. There’s a cool ribbon logo on the needles with inspirational quotes to keep you motivated. It was designed by Amanda Nye in 2010 and we thought it a great way to remind you to never give up hope!
  3. These needles fight breast cancer with a $10 donation to Knitted Knockers with every set sold!

 

We were initially going to donate $$ from each set sold to cancer research, but had the idea to send it to Knitted Knockers instead. Why? Well, click the link to find out more about knitted knockers, or watch the video below. Knitted Knockers is a non-profit organization that provides breast prosthesis to women who are battling breast cancer and have gone through a mastectomy. The knockers are light, natural feeling (knitted and crocheted by volunteers), come in all shapes ad sizes, and best of all are FREE! Barb, the woman who started Knitted Knockers and herself a survivor, is passionate about this cause and sends the knockers around the world to women in need.

 

 

As Barb is a personal friend and an amazing woman, I thought I’d donate $10 from each set to her cause because the effect is immediately visible. It takes approximately $10 for Barb to get a pair of knitted knockers into the hands of a woman needing them. They are sent worldwide to women needing them and provided free of charge. They are also made available to hospitals, doctors offices, and other organizations able to distribute them. So not only are you getting an amazing set of knitting needles to make whatever you can imagine, you’re helping give a woman back her dignity and pride! There’s only a limited number of these needles available, so order yours today to make sure you get them!

 

BigStix™ PINK knitting needles - big needles for your big projects! #gobigorgohome!

#knitquicklyandcarrybigstix!

 

 

And so it begins …

It was a while ago now that I first saw a arm knitted blanket. I don’t remember the thoughts running through my head in the order they ran, but some of them are still clear …

  • cool, what yarn is that?
  • was that done all at once?
  • what would you do if you had to pee while you were making that?

There were more, but you get the idea. Like most people, I was intrigued by the knitting with this really thick yarn. I had seen examples of extreme knitting before, but that was only interesting to me in a “neato” kind of way. Not as something I’d want to do myself. This arm knitting thing though, that had potential. Especially since I wanted/want to make myself a really cool knitted blanket.

That is, until I looked into it.

The idea of making a blanket quickly with really thick yarn is really intriguing. Arm knitting looks like that initially, but upon close inspection, not so much. First off, you’re not using yarn, you’re using roving. Yes, it’s lightly spun together, but not very much. This means it would come apart very easily, and it would be extremely difficult to wash. You couldn’t agitate it very much or it would felt, and even the gentlest of touches would rip it apart.

Then there’s the textures and colours. As in, there aren’t any! 🙁 I could possibly live if I couldn’t knit colourwork – I’d be miserable, but I’d live. But no cables?!! O_0!! Yikes, shoot me now!! I can conceptually picture how I would do cables arm knitting, but it’s not easy. And I think to myself, why??

So what’s the alternative?

BigStix!

Big honking needles, made to knit big honking yarn! Or a whole bunch of strands of not so big yarn held together! So to make a long story short (read the about page if you want the long version), I had a chat with a friend of mine, Linda, whose dad Bob is pretty handy in a workshop. I told her what I wanted, she told him, and voila! BigStix!

So what makes BigStix different from the other big needles out there? Okay, back to bullets …

  1. I’ve only seen 1 other needle that’s close to the same size as BigStix. And the problem with them is that the business part of the needle, the wooden section where you’re manipulating the stitches with, is waaaay too short. I mean maybe 3 inches then the taper! Since you’re getting less than 1 stitch per inch with some of these yarns, that’s just not gonna cut it! BigStix are a full foot long (30cm) where it counts! That means you can hold enough stitches to work a 6×6 cable if you need to! Or stake a vampire or two in a pinch! 😉
  2. The full length of the other needles are also too short. If you wanted to make a King sized blanket, you still would have to make a few panels and then seam them together. This is problematic because the yarn is very thick to begin with, so your seam is gonna be just as thick no matter how neatly you do it! BigStix are a full 6′ long from tip to tip! That’s 4′ of cable, and 2 of the actual wood needles. Even so, that are remarkably light and easy to work with. Ask August – that’s her with the blanket on the about page. Here’s a picture of her using them below …
  3. Then there’s the cable. Again, I’ve seen other needles where the cable is a slightly thicker nylon than you’d find on a 8mm needle. Again, too small! You need good sized tubing in order to hold the stitches these jumbo yarns create! So we went out and found some – ’cause the needles need them.
  4. Then Bob came up with a simple but ingenious way of joining the tubes to the wood! They won’t come out and the transition from tube to wood is smoother than a baby’s bum! You’ll love it!
  5. And finally we had to make them pretty! I mean if you don’t like looking at them you probably wouldn’t want to use them right? We think they look great! And we’re already planning on different woods for Limited Edition runs in the future. Just ’cause!

August rockin’ the BigStix!

So now we just needed someone to try them out. Well, Hannah did just that! In a matter of 2 hours she was able to make this scarf (I showed her a cool grafting technique so there’s no seam).

So yeah, in 2 hours she made herself a superscarf! And she’s a beginner knitter! Of course we’ll give you the pattern! It uses 3 balls of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick! The great thing is that because you use 3 strands together, the colour combinations are endless! And it’s like knitting one ball of yarn! Win-Win!

Hannah’s hooked and deciding what to make next. A blanket perhaps? 😉

Hugzzz 😎