Monday, August 5, 2013

The ChiaoGoo Fiasco

Well, I sure tend to learn things the hard way with this knitting thing!  J

You see, I was using my wonderful set of ChiaoGoo interchangeable knitting needles the other day, when the worst thing that could’ve happened, happened.

They came unscrewed and, unbeknownst to me, the cable fell right off the needle.  And by the time I noticed, I had 118 live stitches staring at me in the face!  118 stitches in mid-air.  Merciful heavens!

They say the first thing to do is to take a deep breath, so I did.

And since the yarn I was using had a bit of mohair, the stitches actually sat there pretty much and waited for me to get a tapestry needle and some dental floss and sew them onto a temporary kind of cable before going to bed, completely spent.

I worked for quite a while the next day, just trying to get things back to where I was before The Great Unscrewing, but during it all, I was so upset at my wonderful new needles for betraying me.

After all, that’s why I got them.  

(Well, one of the reasons.)

My Denise Interchangeables were always coming undone and I needed something I could count on.  (They are made of plastic that had gotten worn and loose over the years, I guess, and began to come apart every time I used them.)

Besides, I love ChiaoGoo’s Red Lace pointy pointy tips.  And interchangeables sounded like a dream come true.  And they are.  They really are.  But I had to learn the secret first.

And apparently I had to learn it the hard way.   J

So after my needle and cable unscrewed and came apart on me, I googled it to see if it had happened to anyone else.  After all, these interchangeable needles only debuted last fall.

What I learned was, in the zipper bag that the needles came in was a Tool (a key) for tightening that screw join and I didn’t even know about it.

When I got The Tool out, a T-pin looking thing, and put it through the hole on the needle (it gives you extra torque, I guess) and I tightened the needle-cable connection all good and secure, it hasn’t budged once.  Not once!  And I am again in love!   <whew>

You’d think these things would come with instructions! 

Well, if they did, mine must’ve gotten lost.  I looked and looked for an insert explaining the tightening tool, but I never found one.  And there isn’t any info on their website, either.

So thank heavens for the internet!  Once again, it has come to my rescue.  J

And now, as long as you know about the tightening tool, I can tell you, for sure, that these are the best interchangeable needles that I’ve ever used, and that I really really love them.  

But, good grief,
why do I have to learn everything the hard way???  LOL

Lucky Dog

p.s.  BTW, ChiaoGoo is the brand of knitting needles,
       and is pronounced chow-goo.  It means “crafty lady”.

p.p.s.  Don’t you think “The ChiaoGoo Fiasco” 
           is a good name for a book??  haha


  1. "The ChiaoGoo Fiasco" - definitely a fabulous name for a book! Glad you figured out how to "fix" your knitting needles too.

  2. Thanks! I would've taken a photo of all those loops in the air, but I was too freaked out! XOXO

  3.'s a great name for a book! :) Thank heavens you were able to fix your knitting and solve that needle problem. That would have given me an instant headache! The Internet is a very handy place sometimes, especially Pinterest. I can usually find anything in there! xo

  4. If it weren't for the internet, I wouldn't know about your *gorgeous* pins! I've been admiring them for quite awhile. XOXO