At a time when the muggle-trocity of this world seems so senselessly rampant, it’s reassuring to know that at least we have each other – my people will listen to me, I know this much for sure. Maybe they won’t be able to do anything about my problem other than sympathize (or disagree), but they will listen.
When I suggested to Skacel that they should consider manufacturing a circular needle geared towards lace knitters, I honestly did not expect more than an acknowledgment of my plea. Something along the lines of, “we understand, and we’ll consider it” was all I could ask for. Never in a million years did I imagine that a little post on my little blog (plus threads I started on several knitting forums) could propel the launch of a whole new line of needles!
But I’m not the only one to “blame” for this episode. You… you, my people, listened and took action right along with me. More than one thousand of you e-mailed Karin Skacel Haack expressing your shared desire for something geared towards lace knitters. You! Not me! You!
And for this, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart. What a contrast to Yarn Harlot’s list of ‘idiotic muggle behavior’! Do you think that if every knitter planning to attend a Harlot signing at a bookstore called ahead of time, the muggles would set up more than 14 chairs? I think so! I know so! When Ms. YH came to Boston in April 2006, and Porter Square Books had every potential attendee call and make a reservation, the signing was promptly moved from the petite (but wonderful) bookstore to a huge hall across the street.
We have the power. We have the numbers. We can propel the launch of a new needle line, f’chrisakes! We can fill a 750 person auditorium ten times over!!! We can rule the world!
Okay, maybe I’m taking this a bit far :).
The reviews of the new Addi ‘Lace’ circs are starting to pour in (read what Cat Bordhi, Clara Parkes, and May Yan have to say), and I personally cannot wait to give them a try! As you know, I hesitate to embrace the KnitPicks needles wholeheartedly, so I’m more interested in comparing the new Addis to my current faves for lace knitting, Inox Express (if they only came in sizes smaller than 2.75 mm… sigh!).
I’ll certainly let you know what I think once I get my filthy paws on them :). For now, I will write another letter.
(Karin Skacel Haack, firstname.lastname@example.org, Vice President, Skacel Collection, Inc., (425) 291-9600… just in case you’re in a writing mood as well :)).
February 23, 2007
Subject: new Addi ‘Lace’ line of circular needles
Dear Ms. Skacel Haack,
My name is Kathy XXXXX, and I’m a passionate knitter in Cambridge, MA, USA. I contacted you in July 2006 upon learning that your company was entertaining the notion of manufacturing circular needles like the Addi Turbos, but with pointier tips, specifically with lace knitting in mind. To give my suggestion a small boost, I posted my letter to you on my blog, http://www.grumperina.com/knitblog, and urged other knitters to contact you, too, if they were so inclined.
I was shocked to hear that you received over 1000 letters supporting the idea of Lace Addi Turbos! This fact speaks volumes about the power of the knitting community. Furthermore, if your products weren’t impressive enough before, I have gained a whole new level of respect for the Skacel Collection and its willingness to listen, try out new ideas, and launch a demanded product in such a short amount of time. I thank you for stellar customer interaction even more than for the new needle line. I am certain other knitters share my gratitude.
Last, I want to thank you for maintaining the regular Addi Turbo line without changes, since it continues to be the needle of choice for many knitters, including me.
So far, the reviews of Lace Addi Turbo needles are more than positive, and I personally cannot wait to give them a try on my next lace project! I await their appearance at my local yarn shops with great anticipation.
Until then, sincerely yours,