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ABC's Mom
08-23-2013, 08:49 PM
I currently have a set of Addi Short Lace interchangeables that I like, though they seem to not have as smooth of a join as I'd hoped.
I recently bought some regular Hyia Hyia circs that I really like.
Does anyone out there have a set of their interchangeable needles and how do you like them?
A friend has them and really likes them. The plus is they come in much smaller needle sizes than the Addi's do.

Lorraine3289
08-24-2013, 09:28 PM
I have a few hiya hiya interchangeables and they are great but I have found where the cable meets the cable connector (not the needle/cable join) a bit scratchy and rubs/scratches the base of my palm. I have 2 cables and they are both the same - not sure if this is universal or that I have a couple of odd ones. Keen to hear others feedback.

ArtLady1981
09-02-2013, 05:32 PM
Here's the thing about Addi Interchangeables, whether they be Addi Clicks Lace Longs,
or Addi Clicks Lace, or the original Addi Clicks.

The join is going to be aggravating on all the smaller sizes...US 4, 5, 6.

The join isn't a problem on the larger sizes...US 7 and up.

The reason: the stitches created by the US 4, 5, 6 are too small to reasonably move up and over that join. The stitches will always catch.

I own the set of Addi Click Lace Longs and the set of original Addi Clicks. It's the same issue for both types. And I'm not surprised that you are experiencing issues on your Addi Clicks Short Lace.

Using one of the larger sizes (US 7, 8, 9) and knit up a swatch. I'll bet they work just fine and dandy! :thumbsup:

FYI: I returned my needle tips to Skacel directly (through my knitting LYS) and got new ones in exchange away back when Addi Clicks were first launched. The replacements had the same issue. It's not a manufacturing issue. It's a design flaw.

IMHO, interchangeables with a screw-on join are still the best. Not wanting to leave Denise Interchangeables out: their join is perfect, and they don't screw on. I love Denise, too. They are a good interchangeable if you like the material used and the thicker cables.

I love my Addi Clicks...loving mostly the finish of the needle tips, and the cables, and the little envelope case that's included. But if I had to do it all over again...I wouldn't buy the set. I'd cobble together my own set of US 7's and up, and buy the cables separately. I'd get a lot more bang for my buck.

ABC's Mom
09-03-2013, 08:10 PM
Here's the thing about Addi Interchangeables, whether they be Addi Clicks Lace Longs,
or Addi Clicks Lace, or the original Addi Clicks.

The join is going to be aggravating on all the smaller sizes...US 4, 5, 6.

The join isn't a problem on the larger sizes...US 7 and up.

The reason: the stitches created by the US 4, 5, 6 are too small to reasonably move up and over that join. The stitches will always catch.

I own the set of Addi Click Lace Longs and the set of original Addi Clicks. It's the same issue for both types. And I'm not surprised that you are experiencing issues on your Addi Clicks Short Lace.

Using one of the larger sizes (US 7, 8, 9) and knit up a swatch. I'll bet they work just fine and dandy! :thumbsup:

FYI: I returned my needle tips to Skacel directly (through my knitting LYS) and got new ones in exchange away back when Addi Clicks were first launched. The replacements had the same issue. It's not a manufacturing issue. It's a design flaw.

IMHO, interchangeables with a screw-on join are still the best. Not wanting to leave Denise Interchangeables out: their join is perfect, and they don't screw on. I love Denise, too. They are a good interchangeable if you like the material used and the thicker cables.

I love my Addi Clicks...loving mostly the finish of the needle tips, and the cables, and the little envelope case that's included. But if I had to do it all over again...I wouldn't buy the set. I'd cobble together my own set of US 7's and up, and buy the cables separately. I'd get a lot more bang for my buck.

Have you ever used any Hiya Hiya's ? My friend swears by them and they are also the screw in type. The advantage of the Hiya Hiya's are they come as small as size 2 and the sharps are really sharp. Even sharper than the Addi Lace.
I do like my ADDI's but would like to get another set of interchangeables and need to decide which ones to get.

claireweber
09-04-2013, 08:48 AM
I found reviews on these needles on Amazon:

Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Circular Needles Reviews (http://www.amazon.com/HiyaHiya-Interchangeable-Needles-Sharp-Small/product-reviews/B006ZAOFEG/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1)

I didn't read all of the reviews, but what I did read was very positive :thumbsup: Take a look.

Lorraine3289
09-05-2013, 06:14 AM
Have you looked at the Interchangeable Needle poll on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/interchangeable-knitters/2179300/1-25#2. To see the results of the poll, click on the link at the bottom of the 2nd post. Interesting reading. The poll helped me decide to buy my Hiya Hiya interchangeables after much pondering.

artsy1
09-07-2013, 10:44 PM
Have you looked at the Interchangeable Needle poll on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/interchangeable-knitters/2179300/1-25#2. To see the results of the poll, click on the link at the bottom of the 2nd post. Interesting reading. The poll helped me decide to buy my Hiya Hiya interchangeables after much pondering.
i'd recommend chiaogoo, i have bought mine a tip at a time, and the cords are a bit thicker than hiya's, there are two kinds of cords, the red which don't swivel and the spin cords which do - they have bamboo or metal- might buy one and see how you like it. I also enjoy my dreamz needles by knitters pride- i hadn't seen that poll, i'll go look at it too.... i love learning about different needles

jinxnit55
09-07-2013, 11:59 PM
I currently have a set of Addi Short Lace interchangeables that I like, though they seem to not have as smooth of a join as I'd hoped.
I recently bought some regular Hyia Hyia circs that I really like.
Does anyone out there have a set of their interchangeable needles and how do you like them?
A friend has them and really likes them. The plus is they come in much smaller needle sizes than the Addi's do.

Thanks for the question. Just tonight I started a cowl with some fingering yarn, using my KnitPicks Harmony interchangeables. After 2 times of having the yarn sink into the the gap where the needle tip screws on, I gave up and frogged it. Does this happen with all interchangeables? They just don't stay screwed together. Very aggravating, and I am ready to just buy fixed circulars from now on.

artsy1
09-08-2013, 12:15 AM
Thanks for the question. Just tonight I started a cowl with some fingering yarn, using my KnitPicks Harmony interchangeables. After 2 times of having the yarn sink into the the gap where the needle tip screws on, I gave up and frogged it. Does this happen with all interchangeables? They just don't stay screwed together. Very aggravating, and I am ready to just buy fixed circulars from now on.
i've never had snagging or unscrewing with either my chiaogoos or dreamz, but i also have never used the finer yarns- i would think the chiaogoo lace tips would be worth trying

GrumpyGramma
09-08-2013, 12:33 AM
Thanks for the question. Just tonight I started a cowl with some fingering yarn, using my KnitPicks Harmony interchangeables. After 2 times of having the yarn sink into the the gap where the needle tip screws on, I gave up and frogged it. Does this happen with all interchangeables? They just don't stay screwed together. Very aggravating, and I am ready to just buy fixed circulars from now on.


You want to be sure the tip is securely fastened to the cable. I learned here to use a piece of grippy shelf liner to hold onto the tip and and use the key to tighten it. I don't have problems with yarn getting into a gap.

jinxnit55
09-08-2013, 11:16 PM
i've never had snagging or unscrewing with either my chiaogoos or dreamz, but i also have never used the finer yarns- i would think the chiaogoo lace tips would be worth trying

I have some fixed Dreamz and I really like them. I also like my fixed circular Harmony KnitPicks. But after the yarn snagging debacle w/ the Harmony Interchangeables (not the first time it happened, but the WORST), and also having the shaft of the needles slip out of the metal casing, I 've sort of had it with interchangeables. It's good to hear that other folks don't have trouble, maybe I'll try some different ones. Everybody on the Ravelry poll seems to like the DyaKcraft, but they are pricey and backordered for 6 months!!! I might try dreams, Hiyahiyas or Chiagoos.

jinxnit55
09-08-2013, 11:20 PM
You want to be sure the tip is securely fastened to the cable. I learned here to use a piece of grippy shelf liner to hold onto the tip and and use the key to tighten it. I don't have problems with yarn getting into a gap.

GG, I swear they are screwed in all the way. Within 20 minutes, one always backs out a thread or two, and the yarn plunges into it and gets stuck. I told myself, "Self, if I have to deal with this throughout the entire cowl I will go bonkers!" I started my cowl on a Harmony fixed circular today and am happily halfway done!

artsy1
09-08-2013, 11:35 PM
GG, I swear they are screwed in all the way. Within 20 minutes, one always backs out a thread or two, and the yarn plunges into it and gets stuck. I told myself, "Self, if I have to deal with this throughout the entire cowl I will go bonkers!" I started my cowl on a Harmony fixed circular today and am happily halfway done!
i have mixed feeling on the dynacraft- basically customer service, and i am the impatient kind of person- waiting that long just isn't acceptable to me, one of the best places to buy is handsomefibers.com, they don't have hiya's but have dreamz and chiaogoo- and 10% off for returning customers and incredibly fast shipping- usually 2 - 3 days, which works for me-

claireweber
09-08-2013, 11:48 PM
I have one cable and set of needles for the chiaogoo, I had problems with them coming unscrewed, but will have to try GG's technique. I've had problems with my Addi Turbo interchangeables in the smaller sizes, snagging. I really like the fixed chiaogoo circulars in the smaller sizes, they seemed really pointy at first, but now I'm accustomed to them. And I like the Addi lace fixed circulars in the smaller sizes. My two cents, I haven't tried a lot of different needles.

jinxnit55
09-08-2013, 11:53 PM
i have mixed feeling on the dynacraft- basically customer service, and i am the impatient kind of person- waiting that long just isn't acceptable to me, one of the best places to buy is handsomefibers.com, they don't have hiya's but have dreamz and chiaogoo- and 10% off for returning customers and incredibly fast shipping- usually 2 - 3 days, which works for me-

I hear you, I am an "instant gratification" kinda gal!

jinxnit55
09-09-2013, 01:07 AM
I have one cable and set of needles for the chiaogoo, I had problems with them coming unscrewed, but will have to try GG's technique. I've had problems with my Addi Turbo interchangeables in the smaller sizes, snagging. I really like the fixed chiaogoo circulars in the smaller sizes, they seemed really pointy at first, but now I'm accustomed to them. And I like the Addi lace fixed circulars in the smaller sizes. My two cents, I haven't tried a lot of different needles.

I tend to knit with the smaller needles and a lot of sets seem to have larger sizes. Hate to buy a set with needles that I won't use, but, who knows? I might suddenly start using larger sizes. I guess it's good to have options, but so far I've been dabbling in different types, just Clover (which I still like for some things), KnitPicks, and Dreamz. I got one pair of plastic things that I hated, can't remember the brand now.

Lorraine3289
09-09-2013, 03:26 AM
I have 3 different needle tips (smaller sizes) and 2 cables and have not had any problems with them coming unscrewed or yarn snagging. They seem to offer the smallest sized needle tips too which is a big bonus as I, like others have mentioned, don't have much call for larger sized needles. If I need to add extra sizes then I will happily go with hiya hiya.

GrumpyGramma
09-09-2013, 10:49 AM
Are you a tight knitter? I was, and I did have my tips coming unscrewed from the cables more often. I can understand why it would be this way but can't explain it. Since I've loosened up my knitting it rarely happens anymore. If tight knitting is involved my guess is that with any brand that things screw together you'll have the same problem.

claireweber
09-09-2013, 11:43 AM
Are you a tight knitter? I was, and I did have my tips coming unscrewed from the cables more often. I can understand why it would be this way but can't explain it. Since I've loosened up my knitting it rarely happens anymore. If tight knitting is involved my guess is that with any brand that things screw together you'll have the same problem.

When I first began knitting my tension was pretty tight, but now....I am one loose knitter :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Woofens
09-09-2013, 01:43 PM
When I first began knitting my tension was pretty tight, but now....I am one loose knitter :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

:roflhard: :roflhard:

GrumpyGramma
09-09-2013, 02:45 PM
"I am one loose knitter" reminded me of this video.
Sh*t Knitters Say (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48Tx32hwJ28&oq=things%20knitters&gs_l=youtube..0.5.6706.9101.0.12104.15.13.0.1.1.0. 188.1618.5j8.13.0.eytns%2Cpt%3D-30%2Cn%3D2%2Cui%3Dlr.1.0.0...1ac.1.11.youtube.AiV8 LdkAZ-4)

jinxnit55
09-09-2013, 03:10 PM
"I am one loose knitter" reminded me of this video.
Sh*t Knitters Say (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48Tx32hwJ28&oq=things%20knitters&gs_l=youtube..0.5.6706.9101.0.12104.15.13.0.1.1.0. 188.1618.5j8.13.0.eytns%2Cpt%3D-30%2Cn%3D2%2Cui%3Dlr.1.0.0...1ac.1.11.youtube.AiV8 LdkAZ-4)

GG, that is too funny! That girl is adorable! BTW, I THINK I am a fairly loose knitter, and am always working on it, but I don't have any frame of reference, as I have no knitting friends close by....poor me!

GrumpyGramma
09-09-2013, 03:22 PM
GG, that is too funny! That girl is adorable! BTW, I THINK I am a fairly loose knitter, and am always working on it, but I don't have any frame of reference, as I have no knitting friends close by....poor me!

Same here. I figure if I need a smaller needle than the label says to make the gauge shown then I'll be loose. If I need a smaller needle than I did before, I know I'm looser than I was.

Woofens
09-09-2013, 05:51 PM
"I am one loose knitter" reminded me of this video.
Sh*t Knitters Say (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48Tx32hwJ28&oq=things%20knitters&gs_l=youtube..0.5.6706.9101.0.12104.15.13.0.1.1.0. 188.1618.5j8.13.0.eytns%2Cpt%3D-30%2Cn%3D2%2Cui%3Dlr.1.0.0...1ac.1.11.youtube.AiV8 LdkAZ-4)

O.M.G. I say a lot of that stuff :roflhard:

claireweber
09-10-2013, 12:53 AM
"I am one loose knitter" reminded me of this video.
Sh*t Knitters Say (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48Tx32hwJ28&oq=things%20knitters&gs_l=youtube..0.5.6706.9101.0.12104.15.13.0.1.1.0. 188.1618.5j8.13.0.eytns%2Cpt%3D-30%2Cn%3D2%2Cui%3Dlr.1.0.0...1ac.1.11.youtube.AiV8 LdkAZ-4)

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: DH in bed, still camping out in the living room. This was so worth pulling out the headphones for.

ABC's Mom
09-11-2013, 06:04 AM
If she wasn't in MA I'd swear that was me in this video!!! I'm running out of yarn space!!!

knitluck
09-30-2013, 02:54 PM
I've done a lot of research about interchangeable knitting needles and have written a little guide. There's reviews of the various sets of needles (though not all of them, I'm trying to work with as many as possible) including a comparison chart. Hope this helps!

http://www.knitluck.com/the-interchangeable-knitting-needle-guides

ArtLady1981
09-30-2013, 03:09 PM
I've done a lot of research about interchangeable knitting needles and have written a little guide. There's reviews of the various sets of needles (though not all of them, I'm trying to work with as many as possible) including a comparison chart. Hope this helps!

http://www.knitluck.com/the-interchangeable-knitting-needle-guides

I'd love to read your interchangeable needle comparison, but I'm lost in your website. Nothing lands right. I clicked on your link above, but it lands in the wrong place. Finally, the page changes or morphs, and there's a page on the general subject, but there's still no comparison. Then I have to click on the first in a long list on the (I think) subject, and first on this list is INTRODUCTION....but that link goes absolutely nowhere readable. The page is sorta botched.

I'm trying to follow your links using my Android smartphone using my Opera browser.

Is your website only accessible from a PC?

knitluck
09-30-2013, 03:38 PM
Thank you so much for letting me know! I've been meaning to fix the mobile experience and just changed it right now so that you can view the site in its entirety. So sorry for the inconvenience. Let me know if it works for you.

Jan in CA
09-30-2013, 03:40 PM
I can get to the page okay, but half the page is ads and links. :zombie:

ArtLady1981
09-30-2013, 06:23 PM
I can get to the page okay, but half the page is ads and links. :zombie:

Were you using your iphone, Jan? Or your PC? Or, Apple computer? What browser? Safari? Other?

ArtLady1981
09-30-2013, 06:48 PM
Thank you so much for letting me know! I've been meaning to fix the mobile experience and just changed it right now so that you can view the site in its entirety. So sorry for the inconvenience. Let me know if it works for you.

Thanks for taking care of those links so quickly! I was able to land on the right page the first try!

And thanks for your time and efforts in assembling this interchangeables comparison and rundown!

I personally own quite a few interchangeable sets. Two sets of Knit Picks (wood & nickel), two sets of Addi (regular & lace), Boye Needlemaster, and Denise.

I own numerous styles of set circs, including Addi Turbos, Signature Needles, Crystal Palace bamboos, HiyaHiyas and Lantern Moon (Ebony & Rosewood).

This is my opinion: The Perfect needle, and The Perfect interchangeable set, doesn't exist. There is no perfect needle for every project across the board.

You just have to know what YOU knit, and what YOU need out of a needle...then read reviews,experiment around, take your lumps, and knit with the Winners.

That's what I do.

But I'm definitely done investing and experimenting. :thumbsup:

Artchic528
10-01-2013, 12:31 AM
Just wanted to get some opinions on this set of circs:

http://www.amazon.com/Knitters-Pride-Multi-Color-Interchangeable-Knitting/dp/B006R9GVNS/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1380601022&sr=1-1&keywords=acrylic+circular+needles

I like to knit with acrylic straights, as I like the look and feel of them, so I thought using acrylic circs would be a good idea. After all, I need them sometime, if I plan on knitting in the round (and I do, of course). I also like that they are interchangeable and have cords of 3 varying sizes. They are also noticeably less expensive than other sets I've seen, which is a plus.

I know that there isn't such a thing as the perfect set of circs, but I guess I just wanted some input about this set from more experienced knitters on here is all.

Jan in CA
10-01-2013, 12:39 AM
Knitters pride makes good needles. I've never seen those before so I don't know if they'd be replaceable if you needed anything. Although KH doesn't have that set they do sell some nice sets here, too.

ArtLady1981
10-01-2013, 01:21 AM
I've used the clear acrylic interchangeables (Zephyr's) that Knit Picks used to sell. I didn't purchase the whole shamoley, just three sizes of tips...6, 7, 8. They were very nice, but not any better than the wood Harmony's. A few tips had to be replaced because the stalk came loose from the ferrule. They didn't pop out, but they swiveled around, but weren't supposed to. I think the glue came loose.

That set you spotted on Amazon is a FANTASTIC price, and I personally love the colors! Nice compact zippered case!

Knitter's Pride has a nice good reputation. I've never heard anything negative about them.

But if you're making your purchase via Amazon, will you still have a reasonable manufacturers warranty, at least upon delivery for defects like what I mentioned?

For $31, how can you go wrong?

knitluck
10-02-2013, 05:46 PM
I reviewed the acrylic Knit Picks here. They are very similar to the Knitter's Pride, only they are clear instead of multicolored.

The acrylic interchangeables are good if you like a very lightweight needles and like the feel of a flexible needle. The acrylics tends to bend a bit when in use, which is a strange feeling when you're used to rigid needles, but then I'm a very tight knitter. However, for the price they are a fantastic set to discover whether or not you like interchangeable knitting needles. Personally, I prefer the knitter's pride cables over the knit picks so maybe they'll work out well for you. :)

http://www.knitluck.com/part-5-of-the-interchangeable-knitting-needle-guide-knit-picks-vs-knitters-pride

ArtLady1981
10-02-2013, 06:09 PM
Now that you mention it, I remember that my acrylic Zephyrs were "flexible" after you knit for a while. The needles responded to the warmth of my hands. But it wasn't off-putting to me, any more than Crystal Palace, Lantern Moon and Signature Needles with their swivel stalk. It's moment that didn't distract from the stitches.