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Old 06-22-2010, 10:40 AM   #21
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They may come out with shorter needles for lace, just to compete. It looks like they have been "keeping up with the jones'" for a while. They may just go shorter for the sake of showing up Addi. Really they are the only people who close to what Addi does.
Knitpicks has fixed circulars in the 16" sizes, they have had them for some time. The tips are shorter of course.
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:10 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by suecq View Post
Knitpicks has fixed circulars in the 16" sizes, they have had them for some time. The tips are shorter of course.
Then it is possible they will do the interchangeable thing too...*smiles*
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I have some of each already. I like the harmonies, love the nickel-plated, can't stand the zephyr.
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:22 PM   #24
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I have some of each already. I like the harmonies, love the nickel-plated, can't stand the zephyr.
I am wanting to buy the Zephyr set. What is it that you do not like about them?
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Old 06-25-2010, 01:26 PM   #25
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I knit tight & fast. I'm so used to the nickel plated, that the zephyrs feel almost sticky.
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So for someone who is looking for cheaper prices, are the Zephyrs still good quality?
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Originally Posted by KnitsKnacks View Post
So for someone who is looking for cheaper prices, are the Zephyrs still good quality?
Yes, they are very nice needles!
I worked with Z's for hours when I first got them, as a try out! They didn't get sticky for me.

I find them to be very nice on the hands. They warm up to you!

Perhaps the 'sticky' issue is personal. Not across the board.

Here might be the answer: purchase a set of TIPS ONLY in your most frequently used size.
And 1 set of 24" cables, too, of course. This will only cost you a few bucks.

Work with the Z's for a few days, or whatever time it takes.

If they perform wonderfully for you...then double back and get the full set. It's always nice to have an extra set of tips and cords in your set. I have extras of lots of my tips.

This is what I did when KP came out with Harmony 10" straights, too. I bought the US8, and worked with them. Finally, I found that I missed not having all the sizes. So about a year later, I purchased the full set of 10" Harmony straights when KP had a sale.

I use straights for binding off a lot, and for other odd jobs. It's nice to just grab one. No screwing on a tip to a cord. Just grab and go.
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Artlady, thanks for your advice.

I'm pretty good at following my instincts. From watching the video on the Z's on KP, to reading reviews and all that, my instincts say to buy the Z set.

So, the flexibility that I've seen the Z's have and the way they work, I'm pretty sure this is the set I will buy. No doubt. I was just curious as to why some may not like them.

Question. As a newbie I don't know much of the lingo yet. What does "stickiness" mean?
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Originally Posted by KnitsKnacks View Post

Question. As a newbie I don't know much of the lingo yet. What does "stickiness" mean?
Stickiness is how the yarn feels on the needles. With the Z's, I understand the "stickiness" issue when using inexpensive acrylic yarn. If you are using a good wool, the yarn glides over the needles, but I find it sticky (grabby, squeeky....) when using something like RHSS (Red Heart Super Saver).

So, I wouldn't recommend the Z's unless you are using a smooth, non grabby type of yarn. But they are nice otherwise. I use my Options more, but they Z's are nice for a spare set of interchangable needles at a very reasonable cost.
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I see what you're saying now.

I use RHSS and I enjoy it. Although I use knickle plated and bamboo needles at the moment. And if it's squeaky, I'm partially deaf so I wouldn't hear it. LOL!

Thanks for the information.
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