Personalized Kollage Knitting Needles

A Thank You Gift for Team Louet North America

Interchangeable Kollage Needles

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!

Ashley's Kollage Needles Stefaniegrrr's Kollage Needles

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!

Kollage Needle Colors

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!

Kollage Needles & Your Hands

Kollage Knitting Needles

 

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!

Knit with Kollage Knitting Needles

Take Care of Your Hands!

Listen to your hands and make sure to take breaks! Try a few of these stretches for your hands that are easy to do anywhere, shared by Knitting Daily

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!

Kollage 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!

Kollage Needles and Swatching

Smart Swatching

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!
Kollage Needles and Swatching 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.

Swatch SetOne 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

Kollage Needles Reviews

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 connect! You can find Kollage Needles on Instagram, Facebook, and are welcome to post projects and photos in the Ravelry group!

Kollage Needles in Action

Let’s Get Knitting!

Kollage Knitting Needles

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 knitting with Louet and Kollage 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.

Kollage Knitting Needles Spotted on InstagramWhen 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.  

August 2016 Kollage Needles Promo

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!