|Counting/Color Toy, Mark 1|
My experience with circular needles thus far is limited to Boye (cheap!), Susan Bates Quicksilver (distressingly "grabby" with most yarns I've tried), Addi Turbo (My most expensive set. They're incredibly nice for lace, but mine isn't well-suited to ML because of length), and now my new ChiaoGoo needles. I am smitten with the ChiaoGoo. The cables are freakishly smooth and have little to no memory, and a very smooth join to the bamboo needles. These and the Cascade 220 yarn I'm using (OMG soft!) have me not wanting to put this project down. What a difference good materials make!
The beret is kind of free-form, based on several "recipes" and good old fashioned guesswork. I'm intentionally making it too big and plan to "full" it in the washing machine to produce a denser finished fabric, to minimize flop and make a more sculpted piece. I hope. This will be my first attempt at intentional fulling, and my first time using the new high-efficiency washing machine to do so. Wish me luck!
And finally, although I haven't worked on this little guy in a week or so, I suppose that Sheldon deserves mention as another current WIP.
He'll be much cuter when he has legs. And a shell. :)