I Can’t Make This Stuff Up

OK, I believe I now have incontrovertible proof that the socks I am currently making trying to make for DH have some kind of curse upon them.

You may remember all the trials and tribulations that I went through — admittedly, some self-imposed — in getting this pair off the ground.  But, I finally bowed to the pressures of reality, and moved one of said socks onto a set of dpns in order to turn the heel, and cope with the alignment changes in the stitch pattern.

That part, BTW, is working out fine so far.  I haven’t made it all the way through a pattern repeat, but so far it’s been quite easy to redistribute the sts at the halfway point of the pattern.susan bates sock needle set

And one heel is done, and looks pretty good, and DH has proclaimed it to fit.

What could be wrong, you ask?  You won’t believe it.  I didn’t believe it either.

A while back I bought a box set of Susan Bates Silvalume 7" aluminum dpns, because I was getting tired of my bamboo ones curving, bending, and eventually breaking when I used them to do anything that required a little "oomph".  And this pattern has a lot of double increases, not to mention accompanying double decreases — and believe me, K3tog requires a little oomph.

set of 5 green sock needlesI don’t love aluminum needles, but I needed something stronger than bamboo if I wanted them to last longer than one pair of socks. 

This box set has 5 needles in each of four sizes:  000, 00, 0, and 1.  They are multi-colored blue for 000, red for 00, gold for 0, and green for 1.

Now, look a little more closely at the free needle in that picture.

Does it not look as if it is a bit smaller than the other 4 needles?

You bet it does.

More than a bit, in fact.  Try 2 sizes smaller.

Forget needle gauges.  I have calipers.  And the other 4 green needles measure just over 2 mm — which would be correct for US size 1, at 2.25 mm.

The fifth green needle measures under 2 mm, which means it isn’t even a US 0.  In fact, I think it is a US 00.  Doesn’t it look like it matches the red needle?

Don’t you think I am pissed?

I’d watch my back if I were you, Susie B.  Because I now have one extraneous long, thin, green pointy thing on my hands — not to mention only a PARTIAL set of US size 1 sock needles.

BTW, I’ve just checked the Coats & Clark website, and now I am even more ticked off.  Get this:

They don’t have any way to contact them electronically. 

Are you kidding me?  In this day and age?  What kind of company doesn’t even have a customer service email address?

(Answer:  The kind that can screw up a color-coded set of sock needles.)

But I won’t let a little thing like that stop me, nooooooo.  They may not be interested in making it easy for me, the customer — but I’ve gotten through everything else that’s happened with these socks, and so help me, this is one steamed knitter they will be hearing from…

  7 comments for “I Can’t Make This Stuff Up

  1. Sheryl
    12/01/2008 at 6:09 PM

    When I first started reading this post, I thought you were the one who screwed up and picked up the wrong needle. But they came in the package that way!!?? That is wrong, just so wrong.

  2. 12/01/2008 at 9:41 PM

    with the way everything else is going, you would be inclined to think it would be my fault, wouldn’t you? Well, I called them today and had to leave a message — they are on the East Coast, so I said at least twice not to call at 8:00 a.m. East Coast time. What do you think is more likely: (a) I will never get a call back or (b) I will get a call at 5:00 a.m.??

  3. Sheryl
    12/02/2008 at 1:58 PM


  4. 12/04/2008 at 1:25 PM

    Bzzzt! sorry, wrong answer. 🙂 They didn’t call back yet, so I called again and spoke with a nice lady named Ann, who says she will be sending me a new set of needles.

  5. barb
    12/31/2008 at 10:40 AM

    And did they send those needles yet?

    • 01/02/2009 at 1:15 AM

      Hi Barb — yes, they did send the replacements, (and I checked ’em for size!) but I didn’t take them on the plane with me. I figured that might not “fly” with the TSA folks. (ha ha!)

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