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Old 06-11-2009, 01:09 PM   #11
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The thing about it is, even though lots of people are just bound and determined that their favorites are the way to go, no one knits just like you do. Your favorite might be something I'd never be able to knit with, and vice versa. (For instance, I'm a metal girl through and through. I own a set of wood interchangeables, and hardly ever use them. I'm almost always on my nickel-plated needles, even on really slippery yarns. I cannot stand working with Denise, because the resin feel of them drives me crazy. Yet that's the exact opposite for other knitters who can't stand working with metal and always want to use either plastic or wood.) The important thing is that you try them to see what works for YOU.

Find a bunch of friendly knitters with all kinds of needles who are willing to let you try them out and do some knitting on all kinds of needles. You'll very quickly figure out what works for YOU.

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Old 06-13-2009, 10:14 AM   #12
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I have both the Knit Picks Options and the Denise. I like the Knit Picks better for knitting but have had a couple of problems. The cable pulled out from the screw on piece but I was able to get it back together with some needlenose pliers. One of the #4 needles that came with the set had a faulty screw on wouldn't stay on the cable. Having gotten over my issues, I use them for everything, including magic loop.
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:20 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by globaltraveler View Post
The thing about it is, even though lots of people are just bound and determined that their favorites are the way to go, no one knits just like you do.
Exactly. That being said...

I have Denise and I don't care for them and haven't used them since I got my Options. I like Addis, but I think the Addi Clicks are way overpriced for what you get, plus I don't honestly see much difference between them and Options.

I have never had an Option needle come unscrewed. I use a small piece of rubber shelf liner to tighten and loosen. I've had one needle pull loose from the cable and my DH hot glued it back in and it's been fine since. KP had great customer service, too.

I would like to say also that I don't think it's a quality control issue with KP needles. It's the sheer volume of needles/sets sold. You're bound to have some issues.

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Old 06-15-2009, 01:26 AM   #14
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I just bought a couple of Knitpicks Harmony tips and cables, and I love them! The cables are by far the best I've ever worked with - all the others I have kink something awful, even Addis, and it's a pain to keep dipping them in the teakettle. Plus I've decided I don't care for metal needles or dull tips, so the pointy wooden ones suit me fine. I think it's a matter of playing around with a lot of needles and finding out what you like.
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