July 27, 2006
A little birdie named Sheila (hi, Sheila!) told me that Karin Skacel Haack, Vice President of the Skacel Collection, makers and distributors of the Addi Turbo, is entertaining the notion of making Addis with sharper tips!
Oh boy, I'm hyperventilating!
Specifically, it appears that before the company goes through with any further investigation into Addis with sharper tips, they need to have an idea as to whether this is a worthwhile investment.
Of course it is! But at this very moment Skacel has only one letter on file, Sheila's, stating an interest in sharper-pointed Addis. They don't know that there are hundreds, thousands more of us!
Let's write 'em! What do you say?
Do you see the maniacal glow in my eyes through your monitor?!? Mwahaha!
For reference, Karin Skacel Haack's letter is posted below (with Sheila's permission, but not Ms. Skacel Haack's - I'm hoping it's okay), as well as the letter I personally wrote the company this morning. You have my permission to copy and paste my letter, if you so choose. Or to send it off with whatever personalized adjustments (like, you know, subbing your name instead of mine, hehe). Whatever you need to feel compelled and motivated to write them!
Contact info: Karin Skacel Haack, firstname.lastname@example.org, Vice President, Skacel Collection, Inc., (425) 291-9600.
Spread the word!
Thank you for your email regarding the lace needles. I did speak with you briefly at the Seattle Knitting Guild meeting last Wednesday and followed up on your request for sharper tips for lace knitting. It is possible to have a needle manufactured with a sharper tip, however, the message we have received from our customers in general, is that they like the way the addi turbo tips currently are. Offering a needle with a sharper tip would entail manufacturing a vast sum of needles and we are not yet convinced there is a market for. Your request is our first on file, however, lace knitting is making a strong come back and it could be that we get more requests in the future. If that is the case, we will reconsider offering a sharper tipped needle. As our end consumer, your opinion is important to us. If you have knitting buddies who are interested in the same thing - please have them drop us a line as well. Out of curiosity, if we were to produce such a needle, what sizes would recommend we offer?
Once more, thank you for your input!
Karin Skacel Haack
July 27, 2006
Subject: Addi Turbos with pointier tips
Dear Ms. Skacel Haack,
My name is Kathy XXXXX, and I'm a passionate knitter in Cambridge, MA, USA. I have used the Addi Turbo as well as other needles distributed by Skacel for several years, often with fantastic results! I find the Addi Turbo circulars speed up my knitting due to their superior sleek finish, light weight, and unrivaled connection between needle and cord. For me, it is the needle of choice for many applications, and I thank you for this product.
I understand that the Skacel Collection is entertaining the notion of manufacturing circular needles like the Addi Turbos, but with pointier tips, specifically with lace knitting in mind. If I may be so bold, I believe that this is a great idea, and that the knitting community would welcome such a needle with open arms (and wallets).
The tips on the Addi Turbos as they're made today are simply too blunt for many applications. Lace knitting often requires precise maneuvering of very thin yarn, and the Addis have a hard time finding the space between stitch and needle. Sharper Addi tips would tremendously improve knitting lace for me.
I also find Addis in larger sizes (US 7 and up) to be too blunt for some projects. Here other factors come into play, specifically yarn choice. Most recently, I unsuccessfully tried to use an Addi Turbo, US 7, to knit a somewhat stiff cotton/silk blend. I had to switch to a needle with pointier tips after just a few stitches.
If Skacel were to offer Addis with pointier tips, primarily I would love to see circulars in sizes US 000-4, 20"-60". For non-lace projects, I think pointier Addis in sizes US 7-10, 16"-40" would satisfy the majority of my needs. Others use larger needles for lace, or perhaps find Addis in different sizes to be an issue - I will let them speak for themselves.
I know that Skacel needs to have a sense of the market before launching a whole new needle line. Not to worry - I will urge all my knitting friends who've dreamed of Addis with pointier tips to write to you. I hope you will see that the demand is high, and invest time into researching this option further.
Thank you again for manufacturing a superior needle, for listening to the needs and desires of knitters, and for your willingness to evolve as needle demands change. I appreciate your consideration. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions, or to request any additional information.