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Old 04-01-2013, 12:17 AM   #11
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LongShanks, that is quite something about modifying your Boye needles to fit the Hiya Hiya!
How do the Hiya Hiya cables compare to the Knitpicks Options?

I have not used the Knitpick's often but I find the HiyaHiya as flexible. I understand that Hiya Hiya has changed their cables, but, from what i hear the new cables are still excellent.

One nice thing about both Hyia Hyia and Boye NeedleMaster is that they go down to US size 2. I also believe that if Boye ever listens to the comments about the stiffness of their cables and change the design they would have a great product.
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:46 AM   #12
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well, for now both the denise and boye sets are in the top drawer- hate doing that, but am so in love with my dreamz from knitters pride- yes, if they could produce a soft cable for boye- but don't see it happening, sad really, they are missing the mark....
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:20 PM   #13
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I bought a set of these Boye Needlemasters a few years ago. My BFF has a vintage set and uses them almost exclusively, hours per day. I liked the finish on the needles so much, plus the great colors, that I bought then on a post holiday Jo-Ann's sale.

The only way I can use them when I need that Boye finish is to put the cables in boiling water in a dish, let them soak a while. It helps.

However, my cables are only two years old, relatively new. Maybe vintage cables are more brittle, less accommodating.

Have you tried the hot water soak?

My BFF doesn't keep her cables coiled up in the case unless she travels. Otherwise, she keeps them suspended, hanging, with a needle tip screwed onto the end. It minimizes kink/curl.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:38 PM   #14
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Oh, but Boye does have some different circular needles and cords. Check out the Artisan Multiwood Interchangeable Needle Set. I think they also have some new nickel-plated needles, too.

It looks like there's one negative review so far at Amazon, but perhaps that's just a fluke. At any rate, maybe Boye will take note of complaints and get this set in tip-top shape. I wonder if the cords for this set, which look more slender than the old cords, will fit the needles of the Boye Needlemaster. That might be a selling point for me in the future (after these have been refined a bit more).
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I bought 16" circular Boye needles, the cord is very stiff.
I've been meaning to put them in hot water as I've seen recommended. I just haven't gotten around to it yet.
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I bought 16" circular Boye needles, the cord is very stiff.
I've been meaning to put them in hot water as I've seen recommended. I just haven't gotten around to it yet.
You have to do that each time you use them and sometimes several times.
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You have to do that each time you use them and sometimes several times.
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