The first time using my Lantern Moon ebony double points, I noticed something was drastically wrong. It took me a few rounds before I realized the flaw noted at the left. Yes, it is most definitely a flaw. If you look closely, you can see the bit of alpaca snagged to the raw edge of the barb-like defect.
I have often wondered how I would go about exchanging or returning my beloved Addi Turbos, with their comforting lifetime guarantee, should anything happen to them. I don't keep receipts for needles. Do you? Should I keep those receipts? I have enough things to keep track of, I feel. Knitting should be fun; I shouldn't have to itemize my needles, or even my stash. That's stressful to me. Of course, if I did do that, I wouldn't end up with three pairs of size 7 double point needles which I never use, but I refuse to be anal about my knitting.
This isn't the first time I have had a problem with wooden needles. I bought a pair of Crystal Palace bamboo circulars, which not only had rough joins, coarse tips, and stiff, inflexible cords, but they actually separated at one of the joins while I was knitting. Even the replacements were inferior, and still come apart whenever I have the misfortune to use them. This event is unlikely in the future, however, now that I own my new love, the KnitPicks Options Interchangeable needles.
I have had these Lantern Moon needles for months, but this past weekend was the first opportunity I have had to knit with them. The other four needles in the set are not flawed, and are most pleasurable to use. I love their color. They are warm and soothing in my hands, and beautiful to look at, besides. And then there is needle number five, with the jagged edge. Face it, Lantern Moon needles cost a pretty penny. I inspect all of my needles thoroughly before purchasing, yet I was unable to detect this flaw visually or by palpation. The alpaca found it immediately. The picture above is enlarged to see the barb.
The yarn shop I purchased these from has strict policies. Oh joy. I get to call them to break the news that I would like my Lantern Moons replaced because one is defective. Will they say no? Will they make me wait four months for a replacement? Will they say why didn't you save your sales slip, this would be easy on all of us if bubble headed bimbos like you saved your receipts? (And they might). I'll let you know in the next installment.