Knitter's Review Forums
  The online community for readers of Knitter's Review.
  This week: Photos and wisdom from the Knitter's Review Retreat
   > Have you subscribed yet?
Knitter's Review Forums
KR Home | My Profile | Register | Active Topics | Private Messages | Search | FAQ | Want to make Betty happy?
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your username or password?

 All Forums
 Tool Talk
 Needles
 Knit Picks "Options" needles?!!
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Previous Page | Next Page
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic
Page: of 23

Nitaks2
Warming Up

USA
73 Posts

Posted - 08/27/2007 :  9:49:36 PM  Show Profile Send Nitaks2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by achrisvet

I rarely use 16 inch circulars anymore. I just do magic loop. It's easier for hats anyway because I odn't have to switch to dpns after the decreases. So I don't miss them.

Anita
My completed projects

and here





Oooh, is that true? No DPNS? I actually detest those things! I can zoom right along with a 16" circ, but, when it comes time to decrease, and dpn's come into play, forget it! If that's true, and I can do it all on circs via magic loop, sign me up! And please ?! Where are the instructions how to do the magic loop thingie???

Thanks!

Nita
Go to Top of Page

augie
Chatty Knitter

163 Posts

Posted - 08/28/2007 :  05:22:18 AM  Show Profile Send augie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
i just learned the loop...try www.knittinghelp.com that's the site i used...it's very easy!
Go to Top of Page

operakaz
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
409 Posts

Posted - 08/28/2007 :  1:30:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit operakaz's Homepage Send operakaz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When decreasing to the point that a 16" circ is too small, you can also just employ 2 circs (I personally find this faster and more comfortable than Magic Loop...it's worth trying both techniques to see which you're more comfortable with).

I also detest DPNs...I have huge hands and they are just not comfortable for me to use and I can't stand having my knitting slowed down that much.

Nancy
Go to Top of Page

CalamityKat
Warming Up

USA
82 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2007 :  1:29:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit CalamityKat's Homepage Send CalamityKat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks to inspiration from Fleegle, and my father's know-how, I have taken my Options set to unprecedented places. I have cord couplers, needletips in sizes KnitPicks doesn't make, etc. The story is on this webpage:
http://people.virginia.edu/~fke2d/textilearts/hybridneedles.htm

I hope this gives others ideas to even further expand our Options!

Frances
Illegitimi non carborundum.
Go to Top of Page

hopeless
Chatty Knitter

122 Posts

Posted - 08/30/2007 :  12:46:01 AM  Show Profile Send hopeless a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The link did not work for me but then there is a creature that lives some where in my computer that knows that I am not there. He comes out and screws up my computer and I am absolutely the biggest computer dummy in the entire world..............
My husband says that he never touches the computer but every once in awhile I have noticed that the last website was "Charles Schwab" Maybe the little creature is a heavy investor in the stock market!!!!!
Susan
Go to Top of Page

Suzann
Seriously Hooked

USA
869 Posts

Posted - 08/30/2007 :  04:54:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit Suzann's Homepage Send Suzann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi

Try this
http://tinyurl.com/2gnypb

It was the > after the link that threw it off.

Cheers

Suzann

Making cables is like making love. There is a lot of foreplay before you get to the deed
http://lostpurl.blogspot.com/

http://www15.brinkster.com/lyricalarmy/lace/lace.htm
Go to Top of Page

8kids4me
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
398 Posts

Posted - 11/27/2007 :  11:28:06 AM  Show Profile Send 8kids4me a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just got my first pair of Options last night. Without going through all 22 pages of the topic, can anyone tell me just how tight I need to torque the needle on the cable? I tightened it, but my needle keeps coming unscrewed. I can't get it tighter than that without my fingers slipping. Should it click into place? I have already started my project, but it will drive me nuts if I have to rescrew the needles in every row.

Cindy B
Go to Top of Page

Bethany
Permanent Resident

USA
1546 Posts

Posted - 11/27/2007 :  11:43:41 AM  Show Profile Send Bethany a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Are you using the little cable-tighteners that came with the set? (The wire things that go into the hole on the cable, that you use to tighten the cable.)
Go to Top of Page

likestoknittoo
Warming Up

86 Posts

Posted - 11/28/2007 :  6:38:56 PM  Show Profile Send likestoknittoo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have the Options set and I can not say enough about it. I have not had any problems with the cable coming loose or off. I always use the little cable key that came with the set and do not over tighten the cable, I just tighten it enough that the needle and cable are flush to eachother and this seems to work for me. I am making an afghan right now with the Options on size 11 needles and once in a while I have given the cable a strong pull to get my knitting up to the needle and the cable joint has not come loose at anytime. It might be that you have a faulty cable, in that case you may want to call KnitPicks, they will probably replace the piece free of charge for you, they have a wonderful customer service and are always so very helpful.
Go to Top of Page

8kids4me
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
398 Posts

Posted - 11/28/2007 :  8:10:11 PM  Show Profile Send 8kids4me a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, paint me blue and call me.... I tried using the key, and even though it didn't seem to be any tighter to me, it must have been. I have had NO trouble with the needles coming off!

Cindy B
Go to Top of Page

Bethany
Permanent Resident

USA
1546 Posts

Posted - 11/28/2007 :  9:24:42 PM  Show Profile Send Bethany a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Don't feel bad... I had the Boye Needlemaster set before I had the Options and I knit with it for some time (cursing the needles whenever they came loose) before I realized those little keys really *were* good for something. :)
Go to Top of Page

tink_r_bell
Chatty Knitter

USA
173 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2007 :  11:40:06 AM  Show Profile Send tink_r_bell a Private Message  Reply with Quote
And, if you are someplace away form the little key, or at work (and how would I know this?) an unbent smaller paper clip works also for Boye, Denise and Options.

A Norwegian named Johan Vaaler invented it and patented it Germany in 1900. 89 years later admirers erected a monument to him in Oslo, a 22.5 foot tall paper clip.

A paper clip can also double as an emergency crochet hook for dropped stitches (and I wonder how I know this also?)

For computer geeks and knitters, paper clips are our best friends![:00]

Steph ;-}

To err is human, just try not to over do it.
Go to Top of Page

rather be knitting
Seriously Hooked

USA
954 Posts

Posted - 11/29/2007 :  2:35:56 PM  Show Profile Send rather be knitting a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just stopped knitting to post here. I wanted to love my new Harmony needles -- really i did. My plan was to use them mostly for knitting lace shawls (i make a lot of lace shawls ) The sharp points and flexible cables are great. I don't mind the purple cables (tho it does make it difficult to count stitches when knitting with dark red or purple yarn). The multi-colored tips don't bother me. I was initially turned off to the pasticky feel of the finish, but that is something i can get used to. It was mostly a case of thinking that they would feel like bamboo needles and i wasn't expecting them to feel like plastic.

I ordered sizes 6-10, and 3 sets of 32" cables. My first project was a lace shawl using fingering weight yarn on the #7s. I was about 3/4 done, when the cable came out of the metal holder and stitches dropped all over the place. It took hours to get all the stitches back on a new cable properly. My second project was also a shawl -- worsted weight on #10s. Again, about 3/4 done, and that cable came out of the metal holder. Also the #10s had a problem with the finish on one of the needles. It was undetectable with my fingers, but when i knit with them, it was like fingernails on a chalkboard. [crazy]

I called KP last week -- and they were very helpful and are sending replacements for both the #10 points and the 2 defective cables. Yes it is good customer service, but it is also the kind of customer service i would expect from a company who has sold a defective product.

Today, i went to finish the edging on another lace shawl -- fingering weight on #6 needles this time. On the first row, i could feel the yarn catching where the cable joins the metal holder. I carefully finished the row, inspected the join, and realized the roughness was because that cable was barely in the metal holder and was about to fall out. I switched to another cable and hope to finish the shawl today.

So far, 3 out of the 6 cables have been defective. Two cables are unused, and 1 is OTN right now, so i don't know how they will perform. After having 3 cables be defective, i'm feeling pretty gunshy. I don't knit to sit here worrying all the while whether the needles will survive the project. My knitting time is limited, so trying to pick up, reposition, and reknit all those stitches is not something i look forward to doing! And besides having the cables come out of the metal holder, i have had the needle end unscrew from the cable end several times. This is after i have tightened them using the key. So i am finding that i have to stop every couple of rows and retighten them (again using the key).

I am seriously considering returning the whole mess. I don't buy knitting tools to have them make my projects more trying and more difficult. I think this is a product that has great potential, but i also think it has some serious "engineering issues." For example, the metal end that holds the cable is the "male end" and the one that hold the needles is the "female end." I'm not an engineer, but this seems backwards to me. If the cable end were the female end, the cable could be inserted from the "inside" instead of trying to put the cable into the metal fitting and hope that the sizing and pressure were absolutely perfect so they would fit and not come apart. Maybe they are using glue to hold the 2 pieces together, but if they are, that process is obviously failing too many times.

I think KP is heading in the right direction with this product, but i also think it went to market before all the kinks were ironed out. Some additional quality control and product testing is in order -- and we shouldn't be the ones doing it for them!!!

Happy Knitting!
claire
Go to Top of Page

Puddytat purr
New Pal

United Kingdom
34 Posts

Posted - 06/21/2008 :  7:46:31 PM  Show Profile Send Puddytat purr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm so excited, a friend is buying me a set of these as a birthday present and they should arrive by mid week!

The circumstances surrounding your birth are irrelevent, it's what you do with the gift of life that matters!
Go to Top of Page

ceecee
Permanent Resident

1896 Posts

Posted - 06/22/2008 :  06:57:33 AM  Show Profile Send ceecee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Claire,

I'm sorry that you've had so many problems with your Knitpicks needles. I would've thought that at this point, they'd worked out the kinks. I did not get the entire set, just the sizes I needed and had a few problems with the cables popping out of the earliest ones I bought, which was easily remedied with a teensy dab of Gorilla glue applied with a toothpick. I also got the fixed Classic needles more recently for magic looping socks and after several pairs of sock, I haven't had any problems. Given their reputation for customer service, Knitpicks will probably accept returns, but you can decide if the advantages of these needles outweigh the problems.
Go to Top of Page

DebbiOH
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
525 Posts

Posted - 07/02/2008 :  05:04:08 AM  Show Profile Send DebbiOH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wow Claire, I'm surprised by all the glitches. I've had my Options for over a year and haven't had a bit of trouble. I do agree that Knit Picks has great customer service, and while I've only had one problem with a yarn order, I otherwise have had good or great customer service.

If I had to pick one quality of the Options set that I love the most it would be the cables. So far they are the most comfortable that I've worked with.

Hope it's blue skys and puffy clouds where you are today too! Love that sunshine.

~Debbi~NW Ohio
Go to Top of Page

Puddytat purr
New Pal

United Kingdom
34 Posts

Posted - 07/02/2008 :  07:27:30 AM  Show Profile Send Puddytat purr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CalamityKat

Thanks to inspiration from Fleegle, and my father's know-how, I have taken my Options set to unprecedented places. I have cord couplers, needletips in sizes KnitPicks doesn't make, etc. The story is on this webpage:
http://people.virginia.edu/~fke2d/textilearts/hybridneedles.htm

I hope this gives others ideas to even further expand our Options!

Frances
Illegitimi non carborundum.



I've had a look at your blog - your set is amazing and I want one!

The circumstances surrounding your birth are irrelevent, it's what you do with the gift of life that matters!
Go to Top of Page

knitloon
Gabber Extraordinaire

524 Posts

Posted - 07/02/2008 :  07:56:51 AM  Show Profile Send knitloon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just purchase several more sizes of the fixed Options. I also just had the cable on my 24"fixed size 2 come loose. I added a note to my order asking them to send me a new one. There were no questions, nor did they ask me to return the old one. They just sent me a replacement with my order. Absolutely my favorite needles.

View my projects at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/knitloon/ AND: www.ravelry.com/projects/knitloon
Go to Top of Page

Ditzy Girl
Permanent Resident

USA
4723 Posts

Posted - 07/02/2008 :  09:09:47 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I LOVE MY KNIT PICK OPTIONS! They are pretty much the only needles I use anymore for everything. I love the tips and cables. When I first ordered one of the tips didn't work, but they replaced and I have never had a prob since. I think when you are as sucessful as they are you are bound to have some probs, but I am just happy I was not one of the problems. I have ordered 4 sets of the smaller so I can work socks. I like working both socks at the same time but not on the same circs. Again I am very pleased with them.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

Go to Top of Page

mrsnoache
New Pal

USA
6 Posts

Posted - 04/01/2013 :  6:56:48 PM  Show Profile Send mrsnoache a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like the affordability of the Knit Picks brand of everything. What would the budget conscious do without them. The interchangeable needle set I bought about two years ago are still going strong and I would like to get another set. I have recommended the "Options" to my friends.
Go to Top of Page
Page: of 23 Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Previous Page | Next Page
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Jump To:
Knitter's Review Forums © 2001-2014 Knitter's Review Go To Top Of Page
This page was generated in 3.31 seconds. Snitz Forums 2000
line This week's bandwidth
kindly brought to you by


and by knitters like you.
How can I sponsor?


line subscribe to Knitter's Reviwe