You've just taken your seat for a cross-country flight. Six luxurious hours of knitting lie ahead of you. Pulling out your project, you re-read your pattern and glance at your needles. As you read the pattern again, and glance at the needles again, a horrible sinking feeling comes over you. The pattern requires size 6 needles and you mistakenly brought size 8s.
Before you have time to let out a shriek of distress, a stranger taps you on the shoulder. From her trenchcoat pocket she pulls out a small navy case, whips out two size-6 circular tips, expertly screws them onto a clear plastic cable, hands them to you, and then disappears into the back of the plane.
Who was that trenchcoat-clad savior? But more important, what was that magic case, and how can you get one?
What It Is
What You Get
I've put these needles to a far more rigorous test than usual. Here's why.
I found my set at a yarn store, where a single set was prominently displayed by the cash register. Although priced at a steep $99, I couldn't resist. It was love at first sight.
But when I got home, I discovered that three of the cable caps had already popped off, leaving me with only two functional connector cables.
Plymouth quickly sent me replacement cables, no questions asked. But since I knew the tips could pop off, I made a concerted effort to use these needles almost constantly for the past two months. The good news is that I've had no further problems.
I'd like to think that the broken needle caps were an isolated incident—perhaps an overzealous child playing with them in the store. But even if it does happen again, I know Plymouth will take care of the problem immediately.
October 2008 Update: Since publishing this review, every single cable in my set—even in the replacement cables—has popped off. I cannot in good conscience recommend a product that has delivered a 100% failure rate, especially at this price. Buyer beware.
What You Don't Get
For that reason, if you're looking for the ultimate stranded-on-a-desert-island set that will carry you through thick and thin, you'll want to stick with the Boye or Denise sets. If compact portability isn't an issue, you'll get more sizes and options with the Webs set. But if you tend to use needles between sizes 5 and 10 and want a super compact, beautifully designed tuck-in-your-pocket set—especially if you prefer the feel of bamboo over metals and plastics—this one's for you.
October 2008 update: Having had all my cords in this set fail, including the ones that Plymouth sent as replacements for earlier cords that failed, I must retract my recommendation for these needles.
Needles marked in U.S. and mm sizes.
Each kit comes with:
6 pairs needle heads, sizes US 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10
4 cords to create 18", 24", 32", and 40" needles
Average retail price
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