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ikkivan
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USA
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Posted - 04/02/2013 :  09:17:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I no longer buy Knit Picks circular needles, fixed or the interchangeables (I gave what was left of those to my daughter). When they are good, as are some of my fixed circulars in small "sock" sizes (the fact that the larger sizes are not available in fixed circulars negates the word "options"), they are very good, but usually one out of three ends up in the trash despite my efforts with emory cloth to smooth them. It's always the join where the metal part and the flexible cable come together; it is a poor fit and has a sharp or rough edge that actually cuts fibers in my yarn. I recently purchased three of the newest blond-colored wood fixed circulars for socks in hopes of improvements, and two of them cannot be used because of this inferior join. I happen to love the cables (I prefer Magic Loop knitting), and some of my older straights and double points. I will not waste my money again on Knit Picks circulars, because this has not been just a "once or twice" experience, but MANY times over quite a few years now.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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kkknitter
Seriously Hooked

699 Posts

Posted - 04/02/2013 :  4:32:54 PM  Show Profile Send kkknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ikkivan, if you prefer Magic Loop Knitting, have you tried Addi Turbo with the blue cable? I knit socks on size 1, 40 in long and love them.

Kristina
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ikkivan
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
554 Posts

Posted - 04/02/2013 :  6:06:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have Addi turbos in all available sizes, I think, but hardly ever use them nowadays because the glare bothers my eyes. My hands-down all-purpose favorites are Hiya Hiya bamboo fixed circulars, although I also have the stainless steel (not to mention three different sets of interchangeables). I knit lots of socks Magic Loop using the 32-inch circulars most of the time (40-inch for large men's socks). I also have many of the Addi Natura bamboo fixed circs. If it's a knitting needle, I probably have it, even if I rarely use it.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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technikat
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Posted - 04/04/2013 :  08:37:25 AM  Show Profile Send technikat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My problem with the knitpicks options needles is at the point where the metal clamps around the wood part of the needle. That area is not smooth on some of the needles. The wood sticks out so that when moving the stitches from the cable to the needle, they catch there.
This has happened on 2 out of 4 needles I've used. Grump! They are so pretty otherwise and the cords are nice and flexible.

I have tried sanding down the wood at that point and it helps a little.

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