Where To Find: The Knit Kit
When I first heard about The Knit Kit, I was very intrigued and just had to check it out. After all, what knitter (or crocheter) wouldn't want an all-in-one, Swiss Army-like kit? Something that you can grab on the go, as you're headed out to your kids' soccer game, family picnic or a day at the race track. We've all had those moments of quickly grabbing a WIP while running out the door, only to discover when we get there, happily knitting away, that we forgot something... stitch markers, scissors or a tape measure usually. I've been caught red-handed digging around in my honey's tool box at a go-kart race looking for something to cut or measure with.
The Knit Kit, which retails for $19.95, includes a row counter, tape measure, thread cutter, mini crochet hook, scissors, stitch markers and point protectors - all in a 4.75" x 3.5" x 5/8" little plastic kit that is TSA approved.
What's missing? This list could be almost anything depending on who you ask, but I personally think the most important thing they forgot is a cable needle (though it is possible to use the crochet hook in a pinch). A needle sizer would also prove helpful, especially for sock knitters who love using DPNs. ETA: And, of course, a yarn needle! I had noted that as a huge missing piece and then forgot to mention it (thanks Mom).
What's the deal and real-world use of The Knit Kit? The construction leaves a lot to be desired. Think of a typical mass-produced plastic item... Made in China. I can already see the flimsy crochet hook breaking (I was worried about snapping it the first time I removed it from the side). The folding scissors are typical of the ones we all used in the 80's... good in a pinch, but if you should happen to run into the aiport security worker who's having a bad day, you won't be disappointed if she forces you to leave the folding scissors behind (everything says they are TSA approved, but we all know its ultimately up to that person checking your bag).
For $19.95 I would haved liked to see The Knit Kit constructed a little better - something sturdier. I would not spend $20 on this item, but I'd be willing to spend $29.95 for something that I didn't think would crack if I dropped my knitting bag, something more Swiss-Army like - and something not made in China.
The Knit Kit certainly serves a huge purpose in the knitting world and only time will tell how well this ingenious gadget will hold up to every day use of knitters on the go. I'm sure they will be flying off the shelves of your LYS this month, and hopefully after initial sales, the makers will consider taking it a step further to a more upscale version in the coming months. While The Knit Kit won't replace my gadget box that I often take on the go, I will use it as much as called for, especially when traveling by plane. I would recommend one to anyone who does a lot of airplane traveling - and doesn't have the time or want to put together their own kit - to add one to their knitting bag for sure.