Sunday, January 3, 2010

what just happened?!!

A few nights ago I cast on for the lovely 'Just Enough Ruffles' Scarf. I'm using my lovely Knitpicks Interchangeable circular needle with the 32" cable. Last night I was knitting away and as I went to move the stitches along on my right needle, they felt like they just 'fell off'? I looked down and to my surprise saw that the purple cable had come away from the metal part of the needle!

I was so shocked, thankfully there were only about 30 stitches that had fallen off the cable. I carefully scooped them all back on to the cable then I went and got my other 32" cable (which already had 4 rows of a lace yarn on it) to 'swap them over'. I decided because I'd only done 4 rows I would just frog that project, it had been sitting like that for months anyway, and I really wanted to finish up this scarf.

So, that was last night. Today I was getting excited because I had finished all the wraps on the scarf and just had to knit 2 more rows before I could increase to the 600 stitches that would make the ruffle. I was excited - until I looked down and saw this in my lap....

OMG, not again? Yes, again. My only other 32" cable has done exactly the same as the first one and come away from the metal part? I couldn't believe my eyes, and arghhhhhh, how many stitches have fallen off the cable this time?

a lot more than 30, that's for sure. See the blue line I've drawn on the above picture? those stitches are all just lying there waiting to unravel, I hardly dared move! You can click on the photo to see up closer.

I had to get another needle and cable out and carefully scoop up the stitches. Now it sits because there's no way I dare increase to 600 stitches with a chance that the cable will just fall out again, which it quite easily does now.

I will have to email Knitpicks and hope they can replace both these cables. The surprising thing is, I don't think I've even used the first cable before. It's rare that I need such a long cable, the only time I did need it was when I cast on for the lace project and that cable was just sitting untouched for a while. So it's not like either of them have had a lot of use! Now I will have to wait til I get replacements before I can finish off my lovely scarf. I'm so bummed!

6 comments:

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

ARgh! How frustrating! I have Addi Clicks and I "big heart" love them. Fortunately I haven't had any problems with them (of course, now I've just jinxed myself, I'm sure). Don't you have any other long circ needles?

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

That is super annoying -- bad enough when we make our own mistakes but when the equipment breaks down it's enough to make you cry! Scarf is looking good so far. Good luck with the next cable!

sheepish one said...

oh no! hopefully knitpicks comes through for you!

Anna said...

Ugh, what a bummer! I've heard that KP are really good with replacements. I had one do the same thing over Christmas, and because I didn't want to wait, I glue the cable back in with superglue. It's been completely fine since then (just in case your patience is anything like mine ;)

Suna said...

Last year, when it was really cold, two of my KP needles did the same thing. I wonder if the glue didn't like the cold. In any case, they did replace the faulty parts, and it hasn't happened since!

We'll see. As you know, it is cold today!

kim said...

I have broken more of these than I care to admit. However, they still are the most bendable, and I love the needles themselves. So I just keep buying extras so that I'm not caught without cords. I've found that Knitpicks is good about replacing needles, but I never thought to mention the cords.