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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Knit Picks Options Needles

The other day when I got my new needles for my birthday I posted that I would let you all know what I thought of them. Well, the verdict is in. Over the past couple of years I've pretty much used Addi Turbo's , Plymouth Bamboo, or Crystal Palace needles. I do have a pair of Latern Moons that are beautiful, but my heart has strayed. Testing these new needles from Knit Picks has given me an excuse to double my knitting time LOL, but also get the feel of them, and I love them. If you have not all ready got these needles, do it ASAP, put them on your Christmas list, or something but you have to have these needles. They are light weight, comfortable, so smooth it's like you aren't even using circulars, I am totally in love them them. Below I have a couple of pictures of scarves that I'm working on that I switched over to the new needles and I'll give a little explanation of what I found different once I made the change below the picture.

This is a matching headband to go with the Mohair Irish Hiking Scarf that I just finished. When I switched over to the Options, the first thing that got my attention was how that it suddenly didn't feel like I was knitting with a "fuzzy" yarn. Each row was smooth and since I am a Contential knitter now, it felt like my speed had increased a little. Then I laid it out and seen that after about 4 inches of knitting with the new needles I could see that the stitches were even and more uniformed and the cables laid nicely. So switching to the Options gave me much better results. Those sharp little points on the Options became my best friend when it came to working with Mohair.

This is the Here and There Cables from Scarf Style. This time I wanted to test them on a worsted yarn. This is Patons Canadiana yarn in Light Wedgewood. Now I had this scarf on Addi's and what can I say, I love Addi's but again I had a little surprise. It seems that again those pointy Options made knitting a little faster and smoother. I could again see a difference in the cables and in the stitch. Everything was uniformed and consistent. It seems that now I'm not splitting the yarn as much and that is a good thing.

So it's my personal and humble opinion, that theses are wonderful needles. I don't think that there is a yarn that would not knit up nicely with these. I like the case and all that comes with it. The needles connect smoothly to the cables and they don't come undone while knitting. The are so smooth, that the mohair never caught one time. They are pointy so if you don't like fairly sharp points these aren't for you. I am so pleased with these needles that I'm going to purchase the size 1 and 2 circulars for socks, and get another pair of US 5 and 9 with more cables to round out my knitting needle needs after that, my needle buying days are over and I'll spend that money on yarn and coffee. LOL.
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Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! And may I just say, what an awesome present you got! I'm so tempted but I have to wait until I come into a little bit of money (soon I'm hoping!)

Dood said...

how do needles compare to the Denise set?

Diana said...

Thanks so much for your opinion. They are definitely on my Christmas list. But can I wait until Christmas?

Satori said...

It has been a long time since I used Denise needles. So I really can't compare them. Sorry.

Debbie said...

Oh, I just got that needles kit from Knit Picks and I love them!!!