Our 2017 Kollage Square Needle of the Month Club has been so popular that we’re introducing 3 clubs for 2018! Hooray!
All of our Kollage Square Needle (or Hook) of the Month Clubs gives you a uniquely-colored and custom-etched needle (or hook) monthly! How cool is that?!?
Here’s a video overview of the club options:
And here’s what’s included in each of the clubs in read-able format. Click through the link for each club to get the full details!
Interchangeable Needle of the Month Club
In the Interchangeable Needle of the Month Club, you’ll receive a pair of short interchangeable tips AND a pair of long interchangeable tips every month, as well as a storage case, 4 soft cables (in various lengths), 4 long cables, the interchangeable tool and ends in the year.
Double Point Needles of the Month Club
In the Double Point Needle of the Month Club, you’ll receive 14 sizes of double point needle sets (one per month with 2 ‘bonus’ double months) as well as a Della Q storage case! You choose 5″, 6″ or 7″.
Crochet Hook of the Month Club
In the Crochet Hook of the Month Club, you’ll you’ll receive 14 sizes of crochet hooks (one per month with 2 ‘bonus’ double months) as well as a Della Q storage case! You choose the pointed or rounded tip!
Which one will you choose? These sets are a perfect gift for yourself or a crafty friend. A limited number are available of each type, so order while they’re available! All prices include monthly shipping to the US and Canada.
Fall is an exciting time in the fiber world! Here is an (incomplete) list of some fiber festivals happening in the US & Canada. If a vendor has confirmed with us that they’ll be carrying Louet product, we’ve listed them!
For the most complete list of fiber events we know of, check out the Knitter’s Review List of Events!
In the knitting world, there are a couple of things all beginners will realize quickly:
- The quality of your needles matter,
- Your needles seem to multiply overnight.
There is something about knitting that soothes and relaxes, in fact, more and more crafty Millennials are turning to the hobby because of the comforting repetition and satisfying results. However, this repetition can also lead to wrist and hand problems, particularly in those who are at a higher risk of repetitive motion injuries.
All too often, we hear about someone abandoning their passion for knitting because they experience hand or wrist pain. The very nature of the past time and required hand motions can cause carpal tunnel, which causes pain, numbness, and loss of dexterity . Those who have arthritis may also experience greater hand and wrist pain during or after knitting.
Tips to Prevent Injury
Wrist pain should not stop you from enjoying your passion. Prevent problems before they arise, or help reduce further damage by taking frequent breaks and resting your hands often. As a rule, give your hands a break every half hour or so. If you already have pain and numbness problems, besides speaking with your doctor, you can try these wrist exercises for carpal tunnel to help reduce discomfort.
Your knitting supplies also play a significant role in preventing pain, particularly your knitting needles.
Ergonomic Kollage Square Knitting Needles
The repetitive motion of knitting can potentially place you at risk of carpal tunnel, and while taking regular breaks and doing targeted exercises can help prevent this, investing in ergonomic needles can further reduce your risks.
Louet North America has a line of square shaped needles, Kollage Squares, that are specially designed to reduce the stress placed on the hands without compromising workmanship. Their unique square shape allows the knitter to hold the needles in a way that alleviates stress and pain and also helps create more uniform stitches. The superior joins and precise points make them a high-quality knitting needle that is a joy to use.
Made from a high quality, lightweight aluminum alloy, Kollage Square Knitting Needles help you to knit faster with less stress on your hands and wrists. Every stage of manufacturing, from the raw materials to the final packaging, are produced in Canada to Louet North America’s high standards. In fact, each of their needles, which are etched with the size, are guaranteed to be of the highest quality.
Too often, people are forced to abandon their passion for knitting due to hand pain. However, the right knitting tools can make an enormous difference.
“I wouldn’t be knitting if I didn’t have my Squares!” ~ Gale
The right tools are important to get the job done. For a knitter, the important tools include a means to make measurements, a good pair of scissors, quality yarn like Gems or Euroflax, and knitting needles. Don’t limit yourself as a knitter with just one needle! Consider a set, like the Kollage Interchangeables, as an investment in a lifetime of knitting happiness!
What Comes in an Interchangeable Set?
There are two options of Kollage interchangeable sets: Mini and Full. Each has an assortment of tips, cables, cable ends, the tool to change tips, instructions, and a storage case. The Mini has 7 tips (Us4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10) and 3 firm cables. The Full has 10 tips (US2 through US11), 3 firm cables and 3 soft cables.
Why use an Interchangeable Set?
A set can save time and help you stay organized with your supplies. The assortment of tip sizes and cord lengths are ready when you need them. Consider a time when you had to change needle sizes for a sleeve cuff or to keep your gauge even. Are you a knitter who finds that your knitting is tighter than your purling? With a Kollage interchangeable needle set, you can have two different size needle tips on one cord – so you could do your knits with a US5 and the purls with a US4!
Interchangeables are Easy to Use
Kollage Interchangeable Sets are unique for the square needle tips. The smooth finish, pointy tips, and ergonomic design will certainly be a go-to trusted knitting tool. They are also so easy to change out the tips. See for yourself in the video above.
The holiday season is upon us! Make sure that your wish list has lots of options to help your loved ones find the perfect gift you’ll use again and again this year. Many non-knitters have a hard time picking things out for their crafty friends & family members, so we’ve made things easy by sharing some universal advice and creating this handy gift guide featuring some of our most popular products. All you have to do is the share this link as a subtle hint!
Idea #1: Pattern Books
Most knitters already have plenty of yarn, so an interesting book of patterns can help them put all of it to good use! This year, we published She Made Them Her Own: The Best of Trudy Van Stralen as an homage to the founder of Louet North America. Trudy’s timeless garments are sure to keep them knitting all year long!
We also have many more patterns available to purchase individually; we recommend checking out our collection of Gems patterns for wearable garments and accessories using our easy-care Gems superwash yarn!
Idea #2: Purl & Loop Weaving Looms
These user-friendly looms are a great introduction to weaving! As previously mentioned, most knitters have a LOT of yarn in their stash, and weaving is a great way to use up that stash to make room for more pretty skeins. Purl & Loop looms are the perfect way for knitters to give this craft a try. Check out this post on our blog which shares a few project ideas using these clever little looms!
Idea #3: Kollage Needle Sets
A well-crafted set of knitting needles can provide a lifetime of pleasurable knitting. Kollage needles (and crochet hooks!) come in a variety of options, from Double Pointed Needle (DPN) sets to Mini and Full Interchangeable sets, which ensure that they always have the size of needles they need for their next project.
For that special someone, you can go the extra mile by treating them to our Needle of the Month Club, which allows you to personalize their needles with their name or a special saying. Each month, a new pair of interchangeable tips will be delivered to their doorstep for their knitting pleasure. Click here to learn more about our 2017 Needle of the Month Club – but hurry, spots are limited!
Idea #4: A Little Spa Treatment
Every crafter has use for a good wool wash, and Soak‘s no-rinse formula comes in a variety of wonderful-smelling scents to delight their senses! Handknits shouldn’t be the only thing enjoying the spa treatment, though: go the extra mile with Soak’s Heel and Handmaid to provide luxurious care for hardworking hands and feet.
From all of us at Louet North America, we wish you a happy holiday season!
A Thank You Gift for Team Louet North America
As a special thank you to the members of Team Louet North America, who continued to hold the winning Spinzilla team title for the second year, Louet North America sent each team spinner a personalized Mini-Interchangeable set of Kollage Knitting Needles! Here you can see some of the needles from the production process. This mini-interchangeable set includes 6 tips (US4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10), 3 firm cables (24″, 32″, 40″), cable ends, interchangeable tool, and instructions, all in a functional case. Personalization was chosen by each individual – there are Ravelry names, blog titles, and each set is truly unique!
Two have shared their new needles on Instagram, and we are looking forward to seeing more pictures tagged with #kollageneedles as the rest of the team receives their sets! We’re also looking forward to creating personalized needles for the 2017 Needle of the Month Club!
Kollage Needles: Make them your own!
The Kollage Needle of the Month club is a gift that the knitter can look forward to receiving all year long. Each month of 2017, the recipient can look forward to a new square circular needle arriving in the mail. The color of each needle will change from month to month as well. Not sure how to personalize your set of Kollage Needles in our Needle of the Month Club? Here are a few ideas:
- Best Knitter Ever!
- #1 Knitter!
- One Stitch at a Time
- Swatch Master
- “Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises.”
- Just keep knitting
Having new tools can inspire you to start a new project! With a full set of knitting needles, there are countless projects that can be started. The Needle of the Month club makes a great gift, don’t miss out on securing your spot by following this link to sign up today!
Many knitters enjoy the act of knitting because it relaxes them. The repetitive motions that get knitters into that “groove” unfortunately cause aches and pains! If your hands hurt, working with your knitting needles and yarn is no longer going to be enjoyable!
How to Keep on Knitting!
What can you do to keep your hands ready for many more days and years of knitting? You need to consider more than just your hands! Before you settle in for an evening of knitting, consider the following. Where are you sitting? Are you curled up on a couch at awkward angles or in a seat that allows your arms, wrists, and hands to be in a neutral position? How are you sitting? Is your body scrunched up and hunched over your knitting, with lots of tension in your shoulders? What are you knitting with? Kollage Knitting Needles are made of aluminum and are available in a variety of needle sizes, both circulars, and double pointed needles. Plus, the unique square shape is easier for your hands to hold!
Take Care of Your Hands!
Wrist and Forearm Extensor/Flexor Table Stretches
Extensor Stretch: Sitting back from your desk, straighten your arms and hold your hands flat. Place the back of your hands along the edge of the table. Bending only at the wrist, with fingers pointing at the floor, press gently into the table edge.
Flexor Stretch: Sitting back from your desk or table, straighten your arms and hold your hands flat. Place your fingers along the edge of the table, bending only at the wrist, with fingers pointing at the ceiling. Press gently into the table edge.
Hands Tendon Glide Start with your wrists in a neutral position.
STEP 1: Extend your fingers apart and toward the back of your hand.
STEP 2: Relax the extension and curl the top segment of your fingers to the base of your fingers.
STEP 3: Repeat Step 1.
STEP 4: Relax the extension and fold your fingers to the base of your palm.
STEP 5: Repeat Step 1.
STEP 6: Make tight fists.
STEP 7: Repeat Step 1.
A New Kollage Knitting Needle Set
As mentioned above, working with a smooth, lighter weight needle may help. One of the most common things people say about the Kollage Square Knitting Needles is how they were able to knit longer (or even, in some cases start knitting again)! Click here to read Colleen’s testimonial about using Kollage needles after she experienced a repetitive motion injury. A wonderful way in which you can treat yourself all year long is the first Needle of the Month Club!
As a member of the Needle of the Month Club, you will receive 12 Kollage square circular needles. One set of needles will be mailed to you each month, starting in January 2017. When you receive the final shipment in December 2017, you will have a complete set: US 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 in your choice of cable length. The needles will be colored, a different surprise each month. In addition, the needles can be engraved with your name! Click here to check out all the details and sign up today!
You’ve picked up a new skein of yarn, you’ve found a great project (check out Stacey’s post for tips!), you’ve got your needles and are ready to go! But wait! Did you swatch for gauge? Smart knitters know this is a key step!
What’s gauge? Gauge is your measurement of how many stitches and rows per inch your knitting produces with that particular combination of yarn and needles. It gives you an idea of what to expect from your finished project. When knitting with Kollage Square Needles, the square shape of the needle shaft can also impact your gauge.
One knitter here at Louet North America knit three swatches from a skein of Louet Gems Worsted. Each swatch was 40 stitches across and 36 rows tall and knit on a US6 (4.00mm) needle. Each swatch sat for 20 minutes in warm water and laid flat to dry. A difference was noticed immediately after the swatches were complete and laid next to each other.
Here’s the gauge for each swatch:
- Kollage Square needles: 20.5 stitches & 31 rows per 4″
- Round bamboo needles: 19.5 stitches & 29 rows per 4″
- Round metal needles: 19 stitches & 30 rows per 4″
If her pattern called for a blocked gauge of 4 stitches per inch, and she planned to use Kollage Needles, she’d have to swatch again with a larger needle!
The square shape can take some getting used to, so swatching also allows the muscles in your hands and arms to relax into the rhythm of making the stitches. You will want to treat your swatch the way you will make and treat your finished project. If it’s knit in the round, swatch in the round! Will your project be hand-wash / lay flat to dry or tossed in the washing machine and dryer? Also, always knit your swatch with the same needles you plan to use for the project!
What Knitters Are Saying
The best information comes from folks who are using the materials. Hearing from knitters who are dealing with arthritis are able to knit again, and for longer lengths of time, thanks to Kollage Square Needles brightens our day! We have now set up a Kollage Needles testimonial page. Your feedback is important to us and helps us to make these special needles even better. Email your experience to Dave@louet.com!
Let’s Get Knitting!
Last month we shared how Louet North America brought Kollage Knitting Needles up to Ontario (click here if you missed it!). Production continues, with more inventory being made every day! As we continue to stock the shelves, let’s take a look at a few projects which knitters on Ravelry and Instagram are making with our Square Circular Knitting Needles!
Stacey Trock has shared several pictures of her projects in progress with Kollage Needles. She shared a bit of feedback about using them on her Instagram:
- Yup, I do like them! I’m using the interchangeables and the fixed needles come in both firm and soft cord.
- You gauge may change when you use these… but to be honest, your gauge may change with ANY new needle! The grippiness, material, etc all plays into gauge. You should get in the habit of doing a swatch with every needle+yarn combo.
When you share your picture on Instagram, we encourage you to use #KollageNeedles so we can make sure to see it! Shown above from left to right: Donna’s bound off band, Theresa’s hat crown, and Rebecca’s swatching.
Selecting your knitting needles comes down to personal preference. The yarn, stitch pattern, and needle that you choose will all make a difference in your project’s outcome, as well as the experience as you work. Initially, the square needle shape may feel a little different in your hands – that’s because it IS different! Working a swatch will give your hands the opportunity to become comfortable and relax into the motion of making the stitches with your chosen needles.
We’re excited for you to give our square needles a try! During the month of August, enjoy a 33% discount when you order any three in-stock Kollage needle products. Use Promotional code KLNA1 during checkout to activate your special pricing.
Have you tried Kollage Knitting Needles? Click on over to our Ravelry group to share your experience with other knitters and share photos of your projects! You can also connect with us on the Kollage Needles Facebook page!