A Review Of Addi Flexi Flips (addiCraSyTrio)

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Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money.  This product was not given to me for the purposes of review.  All opinions in this article are mine and I have not received any form of payment or compensation.  The links in this article are not affiliate links, I don’t benefit in any way if you click them.  

When I first heard about Addi Flexi Flips (I’m told my European friends know them as Addi CraSyTrio) I wanted to try them.  I have an innate *need* to try all things related to sock knitting.  I immediately (in September) ordered them from a local LYS and waited patiently for them to arrive from Germany.  They arrived last week!

What Are They?

These needles come in a package of 3 with a long test-tube-style hard plastic case.  They are a cross between DPNs and circular needles:  the 3.5 inch/9 centimetre metal tips are connected by a short 1 inch/2.5 centimetre cord between them for a total needle length of 8 inches/20 centimetres, measured tip to tip.  The idea is to cast your stitches onto 2 needles and use the 3rd needle to work the sts.  

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First Impression

Addi needles have a reputation for being high quality, and these needles are priced accordingly.  This set of needles set me back $32CAD (for perspective, I could purchase 6 sets of 2.25mm nickel 32 inch fixed circs from Knitpicks for the same amount of money).   

The tips are reminiscent of my other Addi needles: the cords are flexible, and the joins are smooth to the touch.  The information included with the needles explains that each needle has 2 different tips: one tip is the Addi Turbo tip and the other is the sharper Addi Rocket tip.  To be honest, I have trouble differentiating the tips and I have to poke my finger with both tips to determine which end is the sharper of the two.

Casting On

When knitting small circumference in the round, I use either magic loop or 4 DPNs (depending on which needles are available to me at the time).  I love and use both methods equally.  That being said, using these needles felt like knitting with DPNs, but less fiddly.  The quality is great, and the joins are super smooth.  I was able to adapt to them very quickly and I’m really enjoying knitting with them.  I haven’t turned a heel or worked a toe with them yet, but I don’t anticipate having any needle-related issues with either.

My Addi Flexi Flips in action...

My Addi Flexi Flips in action...

Bottom Line

Pros: high quality, choice of 2 tips with each needle, these would make great cable needles, they are easy to adapt to and would be ideal if you like magic loop but don’t like the cord, or if you like DPNs but wish you could use fewer needles.  

Cons: premium priced, the tips are difficult to distinguish from each other, the needle size is printed on the needle tip in silver which is really difficult to read, knitting socks two-at-a-time would not be possible with these needles.  

I would recommend this needles if:

  • You like to try all the things

  • Like DPNs but wish you could use fewer needles

  • Like Magic loop but dislike the excess cord

  • Like 2 circular needles but dislike the excess cord

I would not recommend these needles if:

  • You want to knit socks two-at-a-time

  • You want a more affordable needle

Have you used Addi Flexi Flips?  What do you think?

DIY Sock Blockers

A little while ago, there was a picture floating around Pinterest of someone's very large, very beautiful laundry room on sock-washing day.  The walls and counter tops were covered in freshly laundered hand-knit socks drying on beautiful artisan sock blockers.  It was a gorgeous picture (that I can't find now).  It was basically the opposite of my laundry room. When I wash our hand knit socks, I hang them to dry in our master bath on these:
I have three of them.  They each hold 8 pairs of socks.  They are from Ikea and are fairly inexpensive. I have been told that they are also available on Amazon.  They get the job done, but the socks don't look as pretty or store as flatly as when they dry on sock blockers.

I have steel sock blockers that I purchased from WEBs.  I love them.  I have all three sizes and they are simple enough and pretty enough that I have even used them in pattern photos for some of my designs.
This weekend I went to my local dollar store and found some vinyl placemats.   I traced the outline of my sock blockers onto them and cut them out.  This is what happened:
One placemat was too flimsy - it would have been frustrating wrestling a damp sock onto it - so I taped two together to make a thicker sock blocker.  Cheap and cheerful. The only drawback is that they are solid so there is no airflow therefore the sock would take longer to dry.  Also, they do not have a hanger, although it would be easy enough to put a hole in the top to hang them up.

So I made sock blockers from wire coat hangers.  We have lots of wire coat hangers because the Husbeast is a suit-and-tie kind of guy so I frequent our local dry cleaning establishment.
Not pretty, but functional and easy.  It takes about 2 minutes to shape one into a pseudo sock shape and it has a built in hanger.
I think I will make a few more coat hanger blockers and use them for drying freshly laundered socks. They are easier to fold and take up less space when they are blocked vs. when they hang dry.

What's In My Notions Kit?

I purchase these  notions kits from Ebay for $3-$6 each with free shipping.  I usually order five at a time.  They come pre-filled with things.  Some of the things I use, some of the things I don't use (but am too lazy to remove from the kit) and one of the things is a mystery item - I have no idea what it is or what it does.

I have these little kits all over the house.  In project bags, purses, beside knittng chairs, in my office. Everywhere.

Here is a closer look at the contents of one of the kits that lives beside my sofa:
First of all, the measuring tape is shady.  It is probably wrong.  About half of the measuring tapes in these kits are wrong on the inches side and correct on the centimetres side.  I should really go through each kit and toss the defective measuring tapes.

The pretty stitch markers in the bottom right are mine; they did not come as part of the kit.  The plastic circle stitch markers and removable stitch markers came with the kit.

Now that I am cabling without a needle, the cable needles can probably go.  They are really too big for my purposes anyway.  The smallest one would be suitable for worsted yarn and I typically use fingering weight.

Sometimes I use the knitpicker to pick up a dropped stitch, but there are small crochet hooks all over my house (in the same way that there are Easter eggs all over the house on Easter morning but in a more permanent way) and on my key chain, so I usually use one of those first.

Then there are some prong-type-things in the kit.  What are those?  They look like a medical implement.  I think they are the exact same thing that came in my "Operation" board game when I was 8.

This is them closed:
And this is them open:

Do you know what they are for?  If you know, please leave a comment so I can stop wondering.  

I also keep a few dozen sewing gauges, needle gauges and correct measuring tapes scattered around the house.  

Am I missing anything?  What do you keep in your notions kit(s)?

Photo Friday

My new Sock Ruler arrived yesterday.  I ordered it last Thursday night while I was at knit night because one of my knitting friends had one and she let me touch it and I got Knitting-Notion-Envy.  It's a real affliction, people.  The only cure was to order my own.   It is a really sturdy plastic, reasonably priced, reasonable shipping costs (a big deal in Canada) and quick shipping.  The sock Ruler people did not pay or compensate me to say any of this - it is my own unsolicited opinion.  After the issues I have had lately with wonky measuring tapes this will be a nice change.  If you are interested, The Sock Ruler can be found here.

Too Sick to Knit

So, apparently one can become too sick to knit.  I have an awful cold/throat infection/ear infection/fever combo that has literally knocked me off my feet.  The thought of even knitting something simple like stockinette stitch or plain garter is overwhelming right now.  The past few days I have mostly just laid around feeling sorry for myself and watching Netflix.

Prior to the viral-infection-from-Hell, I picked up my Cecily Twinset again and I am almost finished the first lace insert:
I love it.  It is going to look so pretty when it is blocked!

Here's how the entire cardigan is looking so far:
As modelled by the lovely Stella (we name our mannequins).  Fingering weight sweaters take a long time, people!

I also have some stash enhancement this week.  Knitpicks brought Felici back for a limited time in some limited colourways.  Felici has some strange power over me.  I become weak when it is available and have to order it.  As one knitter observed on Twitter, Felici has become the McRib of the yarn world.

So I ordered this:
My favourite is the 'Baker Street' colourway - I am a huge "Sherlock" fan, Husbeast picked the purple for socks for him and I picked the green for socks for me.  The orange is from the Knitpicks Dishie line.  I have never used Dishie, and it was on sale so I thought it was a good opporunity to try it out.  I have an idea for a market bag that this might work well for.  And a couple of little double-sided crochet hooks.  I use them as zipper pulls on all my Filofaxes (another expensive hobby I have) so that I always have access to them in case of  a dropped stitch.

Hopefully next week this viral-infection-from-Hell will be gone and I will have gotten some more knitting done.


A Hot Mess

So, it has not been a good knitting week.  I have been f#@&ing up all over the place.

Let's start with my Cecily Twinset.  This is what it looked like last week:
And here it is now:
That green and blue yarn in the photo?  That would be the lifeline that had to be installed because I messed up the lace insert so badly.  It's a mess.  I have had to rip back several rows.  The stitches are so tiny (8sts per inch) and there are so many of them (271 - well 267 actually but there should be 271) that I did not have the eyesight or mental fortitude to rip back two entire rows of lace, so I ripped back to before the lace chart.

A combination of trying to knit lace amid distractions kids and a failure to admit that stitch-markers are not a sign of weakness but actually a really helpful knitting tool that would have saved me time and tears is what led to this nightmare.  To top it off, it looks like I will have to cut the yarn that I ripped back and join a new skein.

Like any insane Knitter, I yelled at it and tossed it into the time-out bag to make sure it knows what it has done.  It has been in the time-out bag since Sunday.  I hope to be ready to look at it again today or tomorrow.

I have to finish ripping out the stitches and put the sweater back on the needles.  This time I will make full use of my knitting notions - stitch markers and wine.  Stitch-markers are important, people!
my favourite knitting tool
I was expecting to release the pattern for Gitter today, however since my math skills have declined to the point of non-existence, they are on hold.  I graded the pattern for 3 sizes.  I really messed up the math on the third size.  The numbers are so far off my tech editor has developed an eye twitch that I can sense from here (and she is in Boston).  Hopefully it will be available next week.

I did manage to get a sock off the needles this week:
It's lovely.  It was made for the husbeast.  By special request.  He really wants cotton socks.  I started them for him, then for reasons unknown made it to fit me.  Like a glove.  I don't know what I was thinking, but now I have a lovely cotton sock.  This is just a simple, cuff-down, heel flap, rounded-Kitchener-stitched toe.  The yarn is Patons Stretch in "Fruit Slices".  My husband would have loved them.  The second sock is in progress.  At this point I am just hoping to make them both the same size.

If you ever have a bad knitting day, knitting week or feel like tossing your needles out a window, you are not alone and I hope this post makes you feel better.  

YarnPorn

This past Saturday, two of my yarnie friends and I headed down to the Toronto Knitters' Frolic.  It was a knitter's nirvana!!!  We got there before the doors opened and the line-up was almost the length of the parking lot when the doors actually opened.  The weather was lovely and there were oodles of beautiful handknits to ogle while we waited in line.  

The first booth we hit up was Bling Your String.  If you are unfamiliar with her knitting and notion bags, they are fabulous.  Cute, trendy, practical and big bags come complete with smaller notions bags and matching stitch markers.  

First I bought this one:

Those are knit sttiches.  It photographed more psychedelically than it appears in real life.  It is sweater sized.  It came with a smaller notions bag and matching stitch markers:
 This photo of the notion bag is closer to how the bag looks in real life.
I also bought an even bigger bag - with a view to storing all my small projects in it:
Note the adjustable shoulder strap.  Also came with notions bag and stitch markers: 


After Bling Your String, I found this:
It is a Namaste Mini Messenger bag.  I already have one.  It's so nice I bought it twice :) It is my favourite colour, I needed something to carry my purchases in and it was half price, people!  It was the only one the vendor had. 

 I know there are mixed feelings about Namaste bags in the knitting community, but I have two (aside from this new one) and I love them both.  My other Mini Messenger is Peacock Blue.  Do not be fooled by the name, there is nothing 'mini' about this bag.  Like the TARDIS, it is bigger on the inside.  

So many pockets! And when you open that zippered compartment, your cargo space practically doubles.  I highly recommend this bag.  My other one is at least 3 years old and in great shape.  Did I mention that Namaste bags are vegan?  Another point in their favour.  

After buying-all-the-bags, I finally picked up some yarn at the Turtle Purl booth.  This was by far the busiest booth at the Frolic (Indigodragonfly was a close second).  My one criticism of the Frolic is that the booths are so tiny.  Once you have 3 or 4 people browsing in a booth, it is too crowded to view the merchandise.  But I was able to squeeze into Turtle Purl and buy these:

The second photo is the truest colour representation.  These will be lovely socks for me :).  

I picked up a few sets of Karbonz - one can never have too many sock needles:
And to top off our morning, we swung by Indigodragonfly and I pick up these beauties: 
Those would be laceweight and the colour is "Daleks don't give out pink slips".  I was torn between this mustard yellow or a deep red.  Mustard won.  It is quickly becoming one of my favourite colours.  This is the yarn that will become EnPointe Pullover.  

So, I spent pretty much all the money I took with me but I stayed within budget.  Yay me.  I don't think there will be any yarn purchases in my future until the Kitchener Waterloo Knitters' Guild even in September.  Seriously.  5 months.  I can do this.  

Also, my opinions are my own - your mileage may vary.  I have not received any compensation or consideration for reviewing any items.    

Stash Enhancement and Other Pretty Things

Warning: This post is link-heavy and enabling-heavy:

I have spent some money lately.  I regret nothing.  My friend, Sarah,  of "The Canadian Knitter" Podcast introduced me (and all her other viewers) to these totally adorable yet functional DPN holders from Shelby at EINmade.

Previously I have always used the cardboard DPN tubes that you can get at KnitPicks, and while functional, they are not nearly as pretty!  Also, the cardboard tubes have a limited life expectancy, in my experience, and are a bit fragile.  I always knit my socks on DPNs because I am set in my ways and inflexible, but I think these little DPN holders would work for circs as well; next time I have a portable project on circular needles, I will let you know.

Having pretty DPN holders unleashed my craving for pretty project bags.  Usually I say things like, "I would rather buy yarn with the money I could spend on pretty project bags" and "My Ziploc bag works just as well as your pretty project bag", but secretly I lust after pretty project bags and after 40+ years on this planet am beginning to accept that I am more of a visual person than I have previously been  willing to admit.  Also, a fellow knitter from the Tuesday night knitting group I attend totally enabled me when she gave me a beautiful project bag by ZigZag Stitches.

So I also ordered this from MadameColibri:

It is bigger than it looks!  It holds a shawl-in-progress, the needles, the pattern, a knit kit and a second skein of yarn AND it still fits in my purse!!  (I have a big purse, but it fits in there comfortably with all my other stuff).
Note the cute complimentary lining and little pocket.  I love when design and function come together.

And then I ordered this from DragonFibreBags:

Totes adorbs and totally screams "SPRING!"

Here it is holding a sock, sock-in-progress, knit kit and pattern:
See the lime green lining?  Happens to be my favourite colour!

To top it off I went the a local fibre festival (The Gathering in Port Hope) and 'The Black Lamb' (also in Port Hope) and picked up these beauties:
Cute stitch markers, right?!  I have big plans for the DyeVersion yarn (sidenote: it is BFL and I have never knit with BFL sock yarn before). The Black Lamb yarn is my favourite colour so I had to have it.  I will have to come up with something extra special for it!

Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this post are my own.  I have not received any compensation or consideration in exchange for posting links or opinions - I just like nice things.

My Precious


I went to a new knitting group last night.  I met lots of awesome, nice knitters, had a yummy hot chocolate with a cookie and the entire evening was lovely!

One of the knitters, Lynne, gave me this adorable project bag (!)

I love it.   It is made by Zig Zag stitches and is lined with red polka dot fabric.  I am not usually smitten by cutesy knitting notions, but I am seriously smitten with this little project bag. It currently holds the Husbeast's Doctor Who socks. 

I also brought these three lovelies home with me:
My friend, Anna from Mythic Yarn (she is on Etsy) is having a buy 2 get 1 free sale so I jumped all over these three beauties. the plum colour will become a hat to match my "Wisp" Cowl (which was made from the same yarn)


 and the two chocolates are going to become a large shawl/wrap. Chocolate brown is my favourite neutral. It is my black. 

This is the first yarn purchase I have made since cyber Monday which is a long time in knitting years, so I am kind of proud of that.