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Old 04-01-2008, 11:51 AM   #1
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Another 'Options' Question
Can you stand another Options question? My Denise needles and my bamboo needles have the needle size actually on the needle, which has saved me numerous times. I don't have to worry about mixing up the needles.

However, I called KnitPicks to ask about the Options and was told that the needles do NOT have the needle size on the needle. For those of you who use Options, is this a problem? I think it would drive me crazy, but want to hear your experiences.
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:53 AM   #2
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I keep my tips on the card they came with to keep them straight.
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:56 AM   #3
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I keep mine on the card too, and I have a needle sizer so I could always check if I got them mixed up. It doesn't bother me at all, but then I've never had a set that had the size stamped on the needle, so my perspective is different I guess.
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I could see where it would be a problem, but it's not much of a problem for me. I have a metric dial gauge I can figure them out with if they ever did get mixed up.
Also to my eyes .5mm is huge so I'd probably notice if I did have a mix up and grab 2 different sizes.

I wrote the sizes both in number and measurement on the clear case with a Sharpie for that day the case gets accidentally dumped comes.

I have more problem knowing which cable I'm dealing with, I guess I can't spot an 8" difference

I was surprised they don't have a number stamped into them.
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OPTIONS aren't the only brand of circ that leaves out the size on the needle.
Long ago, I started using a needle sizer. It's my best friend.
I carry one in every knitting accessories bag!

I like the new KnitPicks needle sizer. Sturdy, and inexpensive.
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OPTIONS aren't the only brand of circ that leaves out the size on the needle.
Long ago, I started using a needle sizer. It's my best friend.
I carry one in every knitting accessories bag!
Me too.
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I use a needle sizer for all my needles, it only takes a moment and I keep the sizer in my bag.
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I bought the needle size markers that they sell and put one in each slot in the binder to mark my needles. And i have needle gauge thingies everywhere in the house so no worries for me.
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I've never had needles with the sizes marked on them except for my straights so I'm like the others and have several needle gauger with slots for counting stitches and metric and inch rulers on the edges.
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For a long time I was very hesitant purchasing the Options set from Knit Picks, but after much debate and research I went ahead and bought almost the entire line of Options.

The unmarked needles were also a concern of mine 'cause I'm so scattered and I can barely keep track of where I put my keys, but it's been working out fine.

If you buy the set, you get a clear zip pouch that has slots for the needles. I cut out the cardboard with the size on it and stuck it in each of the slots with the needles so I could keep track. I also have a couple of the needle sizers laying around so I put one of them in that little pouch with my tips. If you don't buy the set, the case is $20.

I must say they really do live up to their reputation. All of my hesitations and concerns for them flew right out the window as soon as I started knitting with them. I think they're definitely worth the little bit of organization and pre-labeling.
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