View Full Version : Photo Comparisons: Harmony vs OPTIONS: Pgs 1, 3,& 4!

01-06-2008, 10:00 PM
Hi'ya! :waving:

I am a huge FAN of the new OPTIONS nickel plated needles,
using them almost exclusively.

I recently recieved my new set of OPTIONS wood needles, called the Harmony set.

The photo comparison below will share the differences between them. Something I was pleasantly surprised to discover: even though the Harmony needles are wood, their slick finish makes them a very FAST KNIT. They don't slow me down a bit!

Something else I enjoy about the Harmony finish: they don't have the glare when being using under artificial lighting. Sometimes my eyes are sensitive to the glare that shines back at me with nickel needles. The photos show this glare very well. Not so with the Harmony needles.

I love both OPTIONS, but today, I will continue to use the Harmony's on my current (Booga Bag) project.

FYI: BESIDES THIS PAGE OF PHOTO COMPARISONS, pgs 3 & 4 include other comparison photos.

My overall assessment: if you could only buy one set, I would recommend the Harmony's as being most useful across the board.

Notice the nice luster of the Harmony needles. A very "slick knit"!

Nice, huh?

Sometimes my eyes just can't take the glare under my OTT-lite.

Under the bright lights of the OTT-lite!


Here they are, working together on the row, for a photo comparison!

Jan in CA
01-06-2008, 10:19 PM
Good comparison!:thumbsup:

Lady Violet
01-06-2008, 10:22 PM
wow. what a difference! thanks for the comparison, ArtLady. i can't wait to get me some more of those gorgeous wood needles. we all need a little more harmony, huh? :teehee:

01-06-2008, 10:46 PM
Now you really have me anxious for delivery of my Harmonys. I sure hope they get here tomorrow. I already have a yarn picked out to work with and just need to find a pattern.

Spiffy McSpifferson
01-06-2008, 11:01 PM
I definitely agree w/ the harmony's slick finish. I received the sock needles set for christmas and I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth they are when I took them out of their case. I wish I could have gotten the interchangeable set as well. You are so lucky to have it!

01-06-2008, 11:48 PM
Great shots! I also find the light glares off the Options.... Love my Harmonys too!

01-07-2008, 12:50 AM
Thanks for posting the info, I was wondering about the Harmony needles. I received the Options set a present and :muah: LOVE :muah: them. I tend to knit tight and pick very un-stretchy yarns, not an ideal combination, but the Options make it workable. I am planning to place an order with KP soon to add some items to my kit, the Harmony tips are interchangeable with the options cables right? I will probably order at least one set of Harmonies to give them a try, they are so pretty and I agree the refection is something that isn't pleasant at times but it goes with the slick finish :knitting:

01-07-2008, 01:23 AM
Hi Wednesday! Yes, all OPTIONS pieces are entirely interchangeable. That is part of why they are so user-friendly!

Another thing I like about KNITPICKS: they aren't greedy. They allow us to buy just one set of tips, or cables, etc....instead of forcing the whole set to be purchased altogether.

01-07-2008, 01:44 AM
I've been lusting after a set of interchangables for awhile now. I was leaning towards the nickel plated ones, even though Harmony is so pretty.

Looking at the pictures, it seems the nickel plated tips are sharper than Harmony tips. Do you find this has any difference in your knitting? I tend to prefer sharper tips as I seem to knit tightly sometimes.

01-07-2008, 02:20 AM
Hi alleusion! :waving: No, the tips are the same pointiness.

If you tend to knit tightly, I still think Harmony's would work for you.
Why not invest in one set of *size 7* tips in both nickel and wood, and one set of cables...and give 'em both a try!? (*whatever size tip that you use a lot. Then if you invest in the set, you will have double tips in your most frequently used sizes)

I like them equally for performance, however, knitting with wood needles is aesthetically more pleasing...and quieter.

01-07-2008, 02:43 AM
My goodness but the more I read this website, the more I'm confused as to which Options set to buy or if at all. Oy!

One thread talks about how much people love the nickel plated ones. Then another thread talks about how much people love the Harmony ones. The next thread is about how their options set (either type) came apart and broke. Now ArtLady is going to confuse me even further and talk about the glare off the nickel plated ones and how she loves the Harmony set. And here I had just about made up my mind to buy the nickel.... HELP! Calgon take me away! ! ! :eyes:

01-07-2008, 04:21 AM
Cat, I have a Denise set, that I use for just about everything but socks. NOW I want a Harmony set also.

Cat Bordhi suggests that we should skip lunch, or eat PB&J so we can afford them. I don't work anymore, so it's more like eating beans instead of meat for dinner. Fortunatly, my DH wouldn't notice if I brought home a new set of needles. :shifty: :teehee:

01-07-2008, 08:56 AM
That's a great comparison! But I'm still more partial to the nickel set. I have two sets of the nickel options and a couple single harmony needles.

I don't really love the colors of the harmonys (I wish there were more color choices) and I've never accidentally broken a nickel needle. :shrug:

But I think both sets are so nearly equally wonderful, anyone who buys either set will be happy!

01-07-2008, 09:50 AM
My 10-year-old DD is learning to knit. She has been using some wooden needles that came with a kit. She's knitting TIGHT and so I suggested she use metal needles. Of course, I handed her some regular straight metal needles instead of my Options. :) Yes, I'm selfish! She seems to prefer wooden needles right now. Maybe I'll have to buy her a set of Harmony needles to try --- and then I can try them myself! Ha! I don't know though. I LOVE my nickel Options.
I started a Lucy bag last night and had to use some bamboo DPN. I hated every minute of using those needles. I bet it would have been a lot easier with the Harmonies!

01-07-2008, 09:53 AM
Thank you for this Artlady! I am here at work getting ready to call my fellow knitting colleague and we are going to order some of these today! She has options and loves them, so I am not sure what I am going to do Harmony or Options? I can't do both right now..


01-07-2008, 10:31 AM
I'm having a hard time making up my mind too. I have been trying to decided between them and it's brutal! Especially since everyone likes them for different reasons. I love my Addis, so I had made up my mind that I wanted nickle-plated, but then I realised that I loved the wood needles I have too. My aunt bought both sets because she couldn't decide, but I don't have that luxury. I'll just have to try hers and make up my mind I guess!

01-07-2008, 10:32 AM
I generally prefer my aluminum needles...I actually like that little click click as I go...and I like the way the aluminum starts of cool and then warms ups as I go.

BUT I have been drooling over the Harmonies for awhile. I just love the way they look! So much prettier than my boring needles, that's for sure.

Thank you for the comparison...it was very, very helpful.

01-07-2008, 11:03 AM
thank you for that! I wondered about the pointiness, but LOVE my harmonies. Feel so good when knitting, so pretty...

01-07-2008, 12:09 PM
:muah:Artlady, this comparison is *sooo* helpful! Thank you for posting the photos of each! Now I know I want them :teehee: and my birthday is a week from today so I know what I'm asking for :mrgreen:

I'm so excited!! The Harmonies look so beautiful, I know I will love them!

01-07-2008, 07:57 PM
You know, I just realized that the straight needles I use now are metal. I've also got a few bamboo sets and a few plastic sets. I don't like them. I like the feel of the metal ones better.

That's it, I'm going for the nickel plated Options. Since I like the metals I use now, I figure it'll probably be the same for the different Options sets. See, talked myself right back into the nickel plated ones. Who knows, I may eventually end up with the Harmony ones too. ;)

But then again, I like the metals ones better then my others because the metal ones are more pointy. But ArtLady says that both Option sets are the same "pointiness." Awh geez!! Here I go again... :teehee:

01-07-2008, 08:38 PM
Hi all!

Well, last night I did the fingertip test. I closed my eyes, and pressed the nickel needle onto my fingertip for a second...and then the wood needle. The nickel needle HURT. The wood needle didn't.

When I look straight down onto the tips of each type, the wood needle is a hair broader than the nickel. So, I guess that makes it less pointy, but from a side view, they look the same. Really, as far as function goes...each should be considered equally pointy.

If you are prone to pushing your stitches off the left needle with your right fingertip...you will hurt yourself less with the Harmony's.

I think it is just a matter of which type best suits your needs and taste.

If I were to recommend one set over the other to a new person, I would steer them towards the Harmony. The wood needles cover a broader range of function, IMHO.

I took photos of the needles, looking straight down onto the points, but the camera wouldn't focus on the tips, and the shots were blurry. But, these 3 comparison photos turned out pretty good.




01-08-2008, 10:18 PM
I had such a hard time deciding, but in the end, I had to go with the nickel-plated ones. I'm a metal girl @ heart.

01-08-2008, 10:59 PM
Those are really nice! Though, I can't help but focus on the quality of the pics...lol...Very nice shots!

01-19-2008, 11:10 PM
ArtLady, this is the most helpful post EVER! :) I was just anguishing over whether the Harmonys would be slick enough ('cause I like wood/bamboo needles and they're all I've used so far, but I've bought some that are really rough/sticky) for what I like or if I should risk it with the nickel ones, having never really used metal needles before. Well, I am SO pleased to hear that the Harmonys are slick! And the comparison was very helpful. I'm going to have to go check my bank account and see if I can afford these AND food for the rest of the month... :)

01-20-2008, 10:42 AM
Great comparisons!! I actually have a set of Harmony DPN's on order but won't get to use them first :( My dd has a project she wants to do and I'm mid sock on my size 2's and so I bought the Harmony US2's for her to try. I can't wait to get them and see how they knit in comparison to my current bamboo!

01-20-2008, 12:33 PM
I have the Options set and a few of the Harmony's and I like them both equally. If I had only one set to purchase I would go with the Options first.

01-20-2008, 03:56 PM
The Harmony knitpicks are absolutely lovely arnt they...I now have both sets and I have to admit that I am totally besotted with the Harmony's and really dont know how I managed before I had them (Little exaggeration there!!) and they are very pleasing to the eye...very soft and sleek to the touch..what else can I say?

01-20-2008, 04:07 PM
I have the cute On the town knitting bag from Silver and what with that and my Harmony needles inside it I am one very happy lady!!

01-21-2008, 05:23 PM
Another FYI: The photos I posted were the 10.5 needles. The larger sized Harmonys are a little more blunt in appearance. Someone had commented on the blunter tips.

However, the smaller sizes of Harmony are as pointy as they can be.

I will do some photos comparisons of the smaller sizes later for y'all!

I received my Harmony DPN's the other day. I think I will store them in the packages they came in. They certainly are nice! I don't knit socks (yet) but sometimes need DPN's for hats, etc.

My goal for 2008 is: Learn to knit socks, and entrelac! I really must catch up with the rest of the knitting world! :eyebrow:

01-21-2008, 06:29 PM
Good comparison!:thumbsup:

wow! that is really neat! i agree with Jan! :heart:

01-21-2008, 11:58 PM

Here are two additional photo comparisons of OPTIONS and Harmony's tips, in sizes US4 and US8. As you can see, the tips of the Harmony's are just as pointy as the metal OPTIONS.


US 8'S

01-22-2008, 12:39 AM
thanks for the pic comparisions! i'm just waiting for them to come out with natural-colored bamboos then i'm all about it!

01-22-2008, 06:25 PM
Now I am all nervous.

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Options set cause I can't stand the join on the Boye's set I have and now am worried I picked the wrong one....I am a finger pusher:aww:

Love my Denise set but needed something I could do Magic Loop on and have some extras for 2 circs...my new fave.

01-23-2008, 01:59 PM
Hi , First i would like to thank you for posting this and may i say what an excellent job you have done posting the pictures.
But While everyone seems to be besotted with these options , I have had an awful time with them. I too have both and they keep coming apart as i work.
While i think they are very pretty, i have come to the conclusion that after about six replacements that i will stick to non interchangable needles.
While i appreciate that they feel and look fantastic , they are of no use if i have to keep tightening them up or they won't connect back on after they come apart.
I am currently using Limey's metal circs, which although are not interchangable are brilliant to knit with. The metal coil is lovely and holds it's position. They have a lovely feel and knit smoothly and are also quite fast to knit with too.
I do not have to stop and put the needle back together every row.
When i buy something , i really do expect it to work properly and for the money i spent on these, i really expected more.
I am happy for those who have not had a bad experience with their options but for those who are unhappy try Limey's needles ..
I also think that for the money that i spent the sets should come with more cables.
This is just my opinion from my experience and i do not want to offend anyone who does love theie needles. :)

01-23-2008, 02:16 PM
I have a set of Harmony's and wouldn't part with them. I use them mainly for Magic Loop knitting and use a 40" cable. I have yet to have the cable come apart from the needle. (knock on wood) I knit alot of items using fingering and baby yarn and the points are perfect for the fine yarns. :thumbsup:

01-23-2008, 02:52 PM
Hi Rita!

Thanks ever so much for posting your own experiences with OPTIONS for us! I'm not offended, and I don't think anyone else will be either. You expressed what your own OPTIONS ODYSSEY has been, and I must say...you have really had a rocky road! What a waste of time and money. You must be so disappointed.
I would be, too!

I haven't had any needle tips come apart; just one purple cable popped out of the socket...but no needle tips have popped out of their own sockets.

We probably all knit differently, holding the wrist and hands a little differently...perhaps some of these subtle differences determine whether or not the tips come loose and come unscrewed as we knit along. Perhaps the climate, the heat, the moisture, etc. of our respective hometowns (and homes) make a difference on the needles.

What are "Limeys" metal circs? Do you mean our Limey, a member here at KH? Does she sell metal circs? Or did she give you some circs?

Knit on Good Woman! :knitting: All's well that ends well! :thumbsup:

01-23-2008, 03:20 PM
Hi Artlady,
Thanks for your kind info and the ideas that may have caused the problems that i have had with my options.
I was talking about Limey from our KH. She kindly sent me a sample quite a while back and i was so impressed i purchased quite a few more in different sizes.
Even down to a 1.25mm and 1.50mm which options do not have as far as i am aware.
I admire your devotion to the options and if i may suggest that someone may point them out to your threads . You may get a nice little discount or a freebie or even a sample of new needles for all the kind things you say about them. They must have sold many sets to people who read your threads.
I am by no means a person who goes on and on about products but i just felt that i could have my own say and state what needles are comfortable to me just as you have done with the options.
Happy knitting with your options :)

01-23-2008, 03:35 PM
Thank you so much for the comparison, Artlady. I have the nickel Options (and I love them), but, I have noticed the glare under my Ott. It really makes knitting dark yarn difficult. I enjoy knitting with wooden needles so I will definitely try the Harmony! Great pictures!


01-23-2008, 09:45 PM
i will try them both! thx! :yay:

01-23-2008, 11:44 PM
I got my sets yesterday and I kntted through 2 movies LOL!! Switched from the nickel to the wood once. I was worried about them coming apart but so far so good. The only thing that is wrong is with the harmony set I got 4 24in cables insted of 2 24s and 2 30s. I e-mailed them haven't check my e-mail I've been in the office ALL day so I'll see what they say when I finally get home!

01-25-2008, 01:23 AM
Yeah, I know what you mean about knitting through 2 movies!
I put on THE HONEYMOONERS, and had myself a HONEYMOONERS MARATHON last night!

But, it is so hilarious...I keep having to stop and dry my eyes!

01-25-2008, 04:37 AM
artlady: did you try the macro function to shoot the needle tips straight?

01-25-2008, 04:41 AM
artlady: did you try the macro function to shoot the needle tips straight?

No I don't think I did. I was only taking the photos using the "point-and-shoot" mode.

I will look up the feature (macro function) in my camera's user book...and see what it says.

I have used the PASM features in the summertime to get tight shots of mountain flowers (without blurring).

Thanks for the idea! :thumbsup:

01-25-2008, 04:52 AM
No I don't think I did. I was only taking the photos using the "point-and-shoot" mode.

I will look up the feature (macro function) in my camera's user book...and see what it says.

I have used the PASM features in the summertime to get tight shots of mountain flowers (without blurring).

Thanks for the idea! :thumbsup:

Look for the flower ;) and you're welcome :)

01-25-2008, 07:06 AM
I am currently using Limey's metal circs, which although are not interchangable are brilliant to knit with. The metal coil is lovely and holds it's position. They have a lovely feel and knit smoothly and are also quite fast to knit with too.

I second that. Limey's metal circs are fabby :mrgreen:

01-25-2008, 09:53 AM
Aww Ritaw
Poor you having that awful time with the Harmony's....I bet you were really disappointed I know I would be. Fingers crossed that all will be OK with mine x

01-25-2008, 01:19 PM
Aww Ritaw
Poor you having that awful time with the Harmony's....I bet you were really disappointed I know I would be. Fingers crossed that all will be OK with mine x
Thanks Pauline:muah:
I hope you do have much better luck than me lol. Lets face it! i do not think you could do much worse.
I am over it now and i am happy with the needles i have from Limey's site.
good luck with yours and happy knitting hun:hug:

01-26-2008, 11:06 PM
My Harmonies came today! I am SO in love with them! :inlove: I never want to use another needle again as long as I live. They are SO smooth and SO glorious... I just want to drool on them while I'm knitting! I've been knitting with them all night on a project I have grown to hate, and I don't even care that I hate this scarf that I have now frogged 3 times. I am in love with the scarf again because the needles make me so happy. Is this normal? :lol: