View Full Version : Where do you get interchangeable needles?
06-28-2007, 09:42 AM
I was just wondering where do you get interchangeable circular needles from? The only place i've seen them are on knitpicks.com. Are they sold anywhere else? I'd really love to get my hands on some!
Thanks in advance!
06-28-2007, 10:02 AM
You can get Denise interchangeables from this site "see the store section" and also from Webs (yarn.com).
06-28-2007, 10:14 AM
The Boye needlemasters are sold at Hobby lobby, as well as Joanns and Michaels. You can only get Knitpicks sets from them, they don't retail them anywhere else.
06-28-2007, 11:19 AM
you won't regret getting knitpicks options set.:heart:
06-28-2007, 11:22 AM
I bought my Denise interchangeables at my LYS (a yarn specialty store, not a craft store).
06-28-2007, 12:08 PM
You can order the Denise set (and spare parts) directly from the manufacturer. Their service is excellent.
If you prefer to buy locally, the site has a list of stores.
I haven't really seen them discounted, but if you have a store coupon you might be able to get a deal.
06-28-2007, 12:35 PM
The difference is about $10 between the knitpicks options and the denise ones, but whats the difference in quality? Also I'd have to think about how much the postage is going to be to the UK! Unless enyone knows of a UK site that sells them?
06-28-2007, 02:11 PM
KnitPicks doesn't ship internationally so if you wanted them someone in the US would have to get them and send them to you.
06-28-2007, 04:49 PM
Here is a list of retailers in the UK that sell the Denise set.
As for quality:
I've been using my Denise set for years without the slightest problem. BUT they're not to everyone's taste.
The part you knit with is made of resin; they feel firmer and more solid than most plastic needles, but if you don't like knitting with plastic you may not like these. They feel warm in the hands.
They come in US sizes 5-15. Obviously you will also need other needles if you use fine yarns.
The points tend to be rather blunt -- fine for most purposes except lace.
Some people find the cords thick; I find them perfectly fine.
They are quite light in weight.
The number of each needle is embossed on the surface; hard to read, but it's there.
The mechanism that holds the tips to the cord is very easy to use and very secure.
The parts come in a neat box with a place for every component.
KnitPicks Options are metal. They're slicker to knit with than Denise, but not as slick as Addis.
The points are sharper than Denise.
The cords are thin and very flexible.
They come in US sizes 4-11. You'll still need smallesr needles for socks, fine lace, etc.
The tips screw into place; you then have to tighten them with a little bent-pin sort of thing. When they were first introduced, a quality control problem caused many of the joints to fail, causing stitches to fall off the needle. I believe KnitPicks have improved the joins, though.
They are a bit heavier than Denise.
The needles are not marked for size. You have to use a needle gauge or mark them with little tags, which KnitPicks sells.
The packaging is a zip-up pouch with clear plastic envelopes for each needle.
06-28-2007, 05:20 PM
I love my Options....
I ordered extra pockets and I have labeled them so I know which ones I'm using. I don't like that I have to really twist the wrench to get them on tight. I like how pointy they are. I still love my "Turbo" too. I wish the "Options" had a shorter cable. I've order extra tips in 6 and 8's and extra cables so I can use 2 cables for many projects.
You'll love them!!!
I might try looking for a used set of Denise's to use when I travel.
Thanks to everyone for sharing... I love to read all the post and I'm rather shy about posting but I will try harder.
06-28-2007, 05:31 PM
i ude Denise's set alot and have purchased 17, 19 tips and extra long cables.. I had one tip that wouldn't lock after 2 yrs and they replaced it at NO charge...
06-28-2007, 06:28 PM
I just bought a set of Denise yesterday and I absolutely hate them... and the store won't take them back except for credit. I know that's better than nothing but... wah!
I have the Boye set and I really prefer the metal needles but of course it has some drawbacks. Their sizes are not all consistant with other brands - ie Boye size 6 is 4.25mm whereas others are 4.00mm. The set also lacks a short enough cable to make a 16" circular.
I prefer the Boye by leaps and bounds to the Denise but I see an Options in my future... maybe once I buy enough yarn and other goodies to soak up the Denise purchasing blunder. :)
06-29-2007, 07:02 AM
I'd happily fork out extra for the Options and buy all the little extra's too. But if the website doesn't ship internationally then i guess that rules them out..
There is a shop in London that sells the Denise set for £30. So i guess I'm suck with buying those. Who knows what I'll think of them, but right now anything is better than the bamboo ones attached to straws as cable with glue. My last knitting project was literaly held together on the needle with tape!
Thanks for everyones post and suggestions! :muah:
06-30-2007, 07:58 AM
I think you can only get the KnitPicks off of their website. I have them, and I LOVE them.