For the past month or so I've been hemming and hawing over whether or not to purchase the Harmony interchangeable set from Knit Picks.
I did a search on this forum for 'options' and 'harmony' and just spent the last hour reading archived threads regarding the interchangeable needle sets.
I have come to conclude the following:
2. The interchangeable do not come in 16" circulars
3. Must buy the fixed 16" separately
4. The joint between the cable and the needle do not spin
5. The cables are very flexible
6. You have to purchase dpns separately
7. Knit Picks has a reputation for great customer service
I definitely would want 16" circulars, and I absolutely love using dpns. I can't part with dpns despite all the hype about the magic loop method. With all this in mind, I did a 'trial shopping' run on Knit Picks:
In the shopping cart:
The Harmony Interchangeable Circular Needle Set
Additional cables in size 40" and 47"
Additional tips in size 13, 15 and 17,
16" Fixed circular needles in sizes 4-11
The 6" dpn set (sizes 0-3)
8" dpns in sizes 4-11
The total for all of the above is $275.75 before tax. That is an absolutely fantastic deal $ wise. I don't think I can find a complete set like this anywhere else for this price.
With that being said, I am fully aware that nearly $300 is no small change. I am putting the bulk of my tax refund towards my student loans, but would love to treat myself to a nice set of needles before doing the responsible thing.
With all this in mind, my number one concern is regarding the cables. I absolutely adore the Crystal Palace Bamboo Circular Needles with the 'New Design' because the joint where the cable and the needle meet fully spin and is not as stressful on the joints/hands/wrists when working with circulars. I've had repetitive stress injuries on my forearm and carpel tunnel in the past and prefer to use needles that are easy on the hands, so to speak.
Has anyone compared the Crystal Palace - or any other brand that has the spinning joint - to the Options?
I'm thinking if the Options cable is really that flexible and comfortable then you won't need the joint to spin?
Any advice/experience with the spinning joint vs Options or experience from people who've had repetitive stress and used Options would be greatly appreciated!