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Suzann
Seriously Hooked

USA
869 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2006 :  12:04:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Suzann's Homepage Send Suzann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just received my order. These needles are much like Addi. The needle is straight and the join is smooth. The cable is much thinner but in my needles it did not curl. That being said, I order a very short size, 24 inches. In fact so short that I am going to see about returning them for a longer size.
The size is the key. 2.25mm in stainless steel. Up to now the only 2.25mm I could get in a circ was INOX. And the super sharp point was heck on my fingers.
From the join to the tip of the point my 2.25mm measure 5 1/2 inches.
I understand that they will soon be offering these needles in Bamboo, Rosewood and Ebony
http://www.knittingzone.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=23_66_924
I took pictures so you could see the parts that matter most. The points and the joins
http://static.flickr.com/53/169046181_ecfcde4eb4.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/46/169046800_b9d56b13c9.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/61/169046178_1f03171093.jpg

I am knitting a gauge swatch with one of them right now. Very nice. And an excellent price.
Knitting Zone is the US distributor for these needles. Once they were only available at JKNeedles. The company with is in China switched over to give better customer service. In fact I got an email from a company rep, letting me know they had a new distributor.
Prices run from $7.50 to $9.00 Which is really nice. These are really excellent needles for sock knitters. The cable length goes from 12 inches to 60 inches. Needle size seems to determine the price. But the most expensive needles are only $ 9.00. Needle size goes from 000 to 15
Back to the important stuff, World Cup

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

cknits
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
464 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2006 :  1:32:25 PM  Show Profile Send cknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your review, as well as taking time to post photos, Suzann.
An Addis-like 2.25 circ for socks has been on my wish list for a while. I was hoping to hear good things about the HH.

Carrie
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KD in FLA :)
Chatty Knitter

257 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2006 :  1:37:21 PM  Show Profile Send KD in FLA :) a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The HiyaHiyas sound good. Thanks for the review.

As for the World Cup, I can't watch this last match of the day. But I *can share this from 2002, sent along by a friend who knows my interests.

Kathleen

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BLN3320
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USA
3808 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2006 :  2:17:46 PM  Show Profile Send BLN3320 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Like Suzann I too like Hiya Hiya needles but I order from JFK Needles and haven't had trouble with them. I order them in 16 or 20 inch lengths as I use them for hats and then can switch to dpn's when I decrease. I have used them for some time now and am very pleased with them. Take care. Beverley [blush]

Bev
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blr2449
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1378 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2006 :  4:03:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit blr2449's Homepage  Send blr2449 a Yahoo! Message Send blr2449 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Suzann, for your informative review/photos. I ordered a 40" size 2, which is what I'm using now for some heavier sock yarn.

Barbara
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If YOU don't talk to your CAT about catnip, who will?
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Suzann
Seriously Hooked

USA
869 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2006 :  6:29:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Suzann's Homepage Send Suzann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KD in FLA :)

The HiyaHiyas sound good. Thanks for the review.

As for the World Cup, I can't watch this last match of the day. But I *can share this from 2002, sent along by a friend who knows my interests.

Kathleen





[:00]Kathleen that is so funny. I wish my cat was that talented

Glad the review was helpful. And the needles do not have that high shine that I know lots of people don't care for. They are slick, but not reflective. If that makes any sense.

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
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KD in FLA :)
Chatty Knitter

257 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2006 :  7:38:00 PM  Show Profile Send KD in FLA :) a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:


[:00]Kathleen that is so funny. I wish my cat was that talented
Suzann


Judging from the state of any unattended knitting in my house, *all of my cats attempt this at every opportunity. But if they can't keep litter in the box, there's no way I should expect them to get the yarn back in its basket.

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quikeye
Chatty Knitter

111 Posts

Posted - 06/17/2006 :  8:11:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit quikeye's Homepage Send quikeye a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the review! I emailed the mfr to ask if their ebony needles would be available in smaller sizes and this was their reply:

"We make stainless steel needles (circular, double point), bamboo (circular, double point), Rosewood(circular, double point), Enoby(circular, double point). But the smallest Ebony needles and Rosewood needles are US 5, the smallest bamboo needles is US 0."

Just fyi, if anyone was wondering too :)

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sydo
Chatty Knitter

USA
225 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2006 :  04:46:31 AM  Show Profile  Send sydo a Yahoo! Message Send sydo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I received my Hiyahiya needles yesterday and began using the #3 16" immediately, continuing a Koigu hat formerly on Addi circs. I found the Hiyahiyas to be not quite as highly polished, therefore less slippery (but not a whole lot less), slightly more pointed, but not as pointed as Inox although more than Addis, and perfect in joins and flexible in cords. In other words, I think I found the right needle for me!

It is all personal, of course, and one needle does not make a summer nor an evening of knitting make a conversion, But I love the price, and like this needle better than any I have tried thus far.

For most yarns in my short knitting life, I have favored Addi's. These may be the next, better thing. At any rate, I ordered a few more late last evening. Hey, I always need more needles!

Sydo
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achrisvet
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USA
5986 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2006 :  7:14:26 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I received a set of size 3 and 4 in 24 inch. They came with a free stitch holder - the safety pin like type. I'm swatching some lace on the size 3 and quite like it. I'm not doing a lot of sliding through the join since it's just a small swatch, but so far the joins seem fine. They are not as slick as Addis, which is fine for lace. The point is sharper than Addis which is also great for lace.



Anita
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Saleknitter
Warming Up

90 Posts

Posted - 06/18/2006 :  9:41:41 PM  Show Profile Send Saleknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sydo...I am an Inox circ user although at times I hate the coil in the cords. I do try to relax them by immersing the chords in boiled water but they always seem to curl back up. How would you compare the Hiyahiya cords to Inox's? More flexible/less flexible, etc?
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sydo
Chatty Knitter

USA
225 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2006 :  03:36:45 AM  Show Profile  Send sydo a Yahoo! Message Send sydo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Saleknitter---the cords on the Hiyas are thinner and limper than the cords on the Inox Express. I am not sure whether or not you mean those or the Inox Greys. I took one of my Hiya 40" needles and soaked it in hot water for a few minutes, dried it off, and it now seems perfectly uncurled and relaxed. The cords on the Hiya's are thinner, lighter, and more flexible than others. I am knitting with only a 16", not a test of cords, but definitely a test of the needle. It is less slippery than the Addi or the Inox Express which is an advantage to me, and more pointy than the Addi, as I said.

I will know more when I knit with the 40"--a sock using Magic Loop. But I would definitely try these. Those knittersusing Inox Greys for more hold on the yarn might be very happy with Hiya's as the join is superior, in my opinion, and yet the needle is not as slick as Addi's.

Sydo
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Saleknitter
Warming Up

90 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2006 :  05:30:47 AM  Show Profile Send Saleknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Sydo...I will definitely try them. I knit with Inox Greys (which I like) but I dislike the cords. I'm in search of the "near perfect" metal circ. Thanks again!
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YarnGoddess
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USA
2460 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2006 :  06:42:27 AM  Show Profile Send YarnGoddess a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hmmm . . . I got a pair of 40" 0's last week. I found the cable to be thicker than that on my Clover or Crystal Palace 0's and less flexible, making it difficult to do a sock on Magic Loop. I can also feel a slight snag where the cable joins the needle. Judging by all the other comments here, maybe I got a less than perfect pair?

Elizabeth
Zipper & Diva

A sense of humor can help you tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, overlook the unattractive and smile through the unbearable.

To learn more about healthy nutrition for your cat, go here: http://www.catnutrition.org and here: http://www.catinfo.org/
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Stacey14
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Posted - 06/19/2006 :  08:44:14 AM  Show Profile  Visit Stacey14's Homepage Send Stacey14 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh - I'll have to try these - I love my Addi's, but they aren't quite pointy enough. And I love my Inox, but not the cords!

My Blog:On And Off the Needles
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ceecee
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Posted - 06/19/2006 :  1:02:13 PM  Show Profile Send ceecee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The cords are not significantly better than the grey Inox, as far as I can tell, if that's a major consideration in deciding whether to get the HiyaHiyas. My grey Inox were acquired within the last year so I don't know how the HiyaHiya's cords compare to older Inox but I don't have a problem with my Inox cords.
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KnittingCommuter
Chatty Knitter

USA
278 Posts

Posted - 06/19/2006 :  6:34:37 PM  Show Profile Send KnittingCommuter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I ordered two Hiyas tonight. As I mentioned in another part of the Forum, I needed an #11 16-inch circ...which is impossible to find. Addi makes them, but I am not a huge Addi and my bamboos could not get the gauge right. Anyway, I had a ton of trouble with ordering (computer glitch), and I have to say that Mary at The KnittingZone gave the absolute best customer service ever in getting me through the order process. Hope the needles are as terrefic as she is!!

Ducky's Mom
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 06/20/2006 :  06:08:58 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I got my first 40 inch size 7 hiya needle yesterday. I agree with the above evaluations. The join is not as good as the Addi but it better than the Inox. The cord is thin and I have had no problems doing magic loop with it after first relaxing out the coil. The needle is just very slightly more grabby than Addis but many will find that an advantage. My primary interest is in the fact that they are stainless steel. I'm one of those whose skin changes and affects metals and even Addis will deteriorate after a few years of use. I'm hoping a stainless steel needle will not turn dark and pitted for me.

fran

http://martianmischief.blogspot.com/
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achrisvet
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USA
5986 Posts

Posted - 06/20/2006 :  3:42:37 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm uisng a 24 inch size 3 and found I didn't even need to relax the cord. It was very soft and pliable. So far no snagging on the join at all and the pointy tip is great for lace.

Anita
My completed projects

and here

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blr2449
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USA
1378 Posts

Posted - 06/21/2006 :  07:28:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit blr2449's Homepage  Send blr2449 a Yahoo! Message Send blr2449 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I received my 40" size 2 HH from The Knitting Zone. Out of the package, the cable was coiled, much like the Clover Bamboo. After applying hot water, it was still coiled, but not as bad. Right now, their hanging with weights suspended on one end. We'll see if that helps.

The needles are not as slick as the Addis, which can be good or bad depending on what type of yarn you're knitting.

The joins aren't as smooth as the Addis, either, but I won't know if that will present a problem until I actually knit something with the needle.

Other than that......... the needle package also held a large stitch holder. So, right now I have no complaints. We'll see how it works once yarn is on and I'm knitting.

Barbara
http://graniterose.livejournal.com/
If YOU don't talk to your CAT about catnip, who will?
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YarnGoddess
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USA
2460 Posts

Posted - 06/21/2006 :  07:42:58 AM  Show Profile Send YarnGoddess a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For those of you with issues about the needles, please let Mary know. She's forwarding all correspondence to Hiyahiya to let them know about problems with their needles.

If you really like the needles, I know Mary would appreciate hearing that too.

Thanks!

Elizabeth
Zipper & Diva

A sense of humor can help you tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, overlook the unattractive and smile through the unbearable.

To learn more about healthy nutrition for your cat, go here: http://www.catnutrition.org and here: http://www.catinfo.org/
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