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Bethany
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USA
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Posted - 10/30/2006 :  5:03:40 PM  Show Profile Send Bethany a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Moreover, if you have interchangables you can do hats/sleeves/etc. on two needles from just one set without buying any more needles. Apparently gauge depends only on the needle you're knitting onto. Use your tips and cables to make two sets of circulars with the size of point you need on one end, and one size smaller on the other. Just make sure you're knitting off the smaller ones onto the proper ones.

Very handy. I like DPNs fine but don't really like buying them, so it's nice to be able to replace them with something I already own.
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Mom2aej
Warming Up

USA
81 Posts

Posted - 10/30/2006 :  7:08:05 PM  Show Profile Send Mom2aej a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bethany

Moreover, if you have interchangables you can do hats/sleeves/etc. on two needles from just one set without buying any more needles. Apparently gauge depends only on the needle you're knitting onto. Use your tips and cables to make two sets of circulars with the size of point you need on one end, and one size smaller on the other. Just make sure you're knitting off the smaller ones onto the proper ones.

Very handy. I like DPNs fine but don't really like buying them, so it's nice to be able to replace them with something I already own.



And along those lines, Some people in flat knitting use two different size needles, one for the knit side and one for the purl side. Just put needle size on each end and you don't have to switch needles. Just make sure you start with the correct needle for the correct size.

Mom2aej

Just when you get a handle on life... It changes.
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achrisvet
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USA
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Posted - 10/30/2006 :  7:10:24 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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
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knitloon
Gabber Extraordinaire

524 Posts

Posted - 10/30/2006 :  7:11:24 PM  Show Profile Send knitloon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I haven't been very impressed with the few yarns I've tried, but they may have cornered the market on needles. They are now my favorites.

View my projects at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/knitloon/
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hillstreetmama
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USA
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Posted - 10/31/2006 :  04:45:47 AM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I still prefer one circular (16") to two longer ones. I like the change of going to dpn's. Since I have a supply, I'll just use them, but it's good to know that I could use the two circ method in case of emergency.
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Carolyn
Chatty Knitter

USA
284 Posts

Posted - 11/03/2006 :  5:24:28 PM  Show Profile Send Carolyn a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Rho, I use two circs for hats all the time. Works perfectly.
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yarnspeaktome
Chatty Knitter

USA
285 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2006 :  12:26:55 PM  Show Profile  Send yarnspeaktome a Yahoo! Message Send yarnspeaktome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finally broke down and purchased a set of Options! They came this past Friday; tested all the screws with needles. Discovered that one of the 40 inch cables' screws couldn't go on properly[**]. Emailed Knitpicks to send replacement.

In other news, "OUCH!" are the points definitely sharp on these babies! Luv' em! The licorice cables are awesome. The Addi's and Inox cables didn't really bother me that much, but why bother if you don't have too.

Thanks heavens I practiced a lot on not being a "pusher" anymore to prepare for the Options.
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insaknitty
New Pal

USA
2 Posts

Posted - 11/15/2006 :  2:50:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit insaknitty's Homepage Send insaknitty a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've had my kp options needles for a couple of months now and I've really been enjoying using them... until a few days ago, when I realized that the end of the tip that the cable screws into seems to have started to "flare" - if that makes sense... I wonder if it's because I've been screwing them in too tight or what, but the join is definitely not smooth anymore (and I know it was before). the end of the tip is visibly bigger (in circumference/diameter) than the metal part of the cable that it connects to.

has anyone else had this problem? I intend on contacting knitpicks about this and can post again once I hear back from them. but, so far, I've only noticed this on the 6s that I'm currently using. I haven't checked the other sizes yet.
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starfire385
Chatty Knitter

USA
127 Posts

Posted - 12/04/2006 :  1:09:08 PM  Show Profile Send starfire385 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I have just placed my order for the knit picks option. I had a rough weekend and decided to treat myself to something I was going to order soon anyways instead of going clothes shopping with the credit card like my first impulse. I am really excited, because I have a knit picks classic circular in size 3, and i really like the slipperiness and the sharpness. I also like the cable itself. I have used addi turbos (once, for my first circular lace shawl)....I really wanted to see what all the hoopla was about. However, i just couldn't get down with the blunt tip. Everyime I have to k2together or p3together I wanted to tear my hair out! I can't wait for them to get here (I got the free shipping though so I guess it'll take maybe a week or so) and intend to check them all over right away as others have recommended.
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starfire385
Chatty Knitter

USA
127 Posts

Posted - 12/10/2006 :  8:16:01 PM  Show Profile Send starfire385 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I got them in the mail yesterday and have knitted with them yesterday and today. I have to say I love them! the only thing that would make me happier is if they fit a 16 inch cable. But, I am really happy to have sizes 4-11 definitely available to me. Now to purchase the smaller sizes and longer cables! (I rarely knit with sizes bigger than 11).
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cabbagehead
Warming Up

Canada
96 Posts

Posted - 12/28/2006 :  2:23:49 PM  Show Profile Send cabbagehead a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My two cents here- first post!

I got my set yesterday - a Christmas prez - and as far as I can tell, I have 2 problems. Two needleheads that wind too tight and dont fit any of the cables, and one cable whose end doesn't fit any of the needles.

I'm happy to hear that people who have had these issues have experienced great customer service and Knitpicks hasnt made them return the items before sending replacements.

I'm contacting them today

UPDATE:
They were very nice to deal with and are mailing me doubles of the 3 items that were problematic. Faster way was to phone the toll-free line instead of emailing I found.
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KarenP
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172 Posts

Posted - 12/28/2006 :  3:34:56 PM  Show Profile  Send KarenP a Yahoo! Message Send KarenP a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Please report back because I got a cable with an metal end that pulled off the first time I tried using it.

Cheers,

Karen


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kentuckyprrlgrrl
Chatty Knitter

189 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2007 :  2:45:56 PM  Show Profile Send kentuckyprrlgrrl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I used some of my Christmas money to place an order for my set of Options! I am excited and truly hope I don't experience of the trauma others have. Hugz...

Ky Prrl Grrl
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hillstreetmama
Permanent Resident

USA
3448 Posts

Posted - 01/03/2007 :  04:44:42 AM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
After I got my set, DD1 saw it and ordered a set. She loves hers and ordered a set for her sister for Christmas (my DD2) so three of us have them. I encouraged them to tug at all cable ends and check them over carefully right away. I had one defective cable which was promptly replaced. I did not, however, try attaching each needle tip. When I used my 13's for the first time, I had a devil of a time screwing them on. I remembered someone mentioning barsoap - that did the trick. I really think the company is still working the bugs out.

I wish there was someplace I could go and knit on every kind of needle and try them out. Maybe there are sets I would prefer over these, but I wouldn't know unless I ordered them online and tried them out. I got the KP Options because of this thread. I'm happy with them, but they are by no means perfect.

Jan
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spindyerella
Seriously Hooked

601 Posts

Posted - 01/03/2007 :  10:19:55 AM  Show Profile Send spindyerella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Jan, I've tried Plymouth Sisters set and Denise prior to ordering my Options. I found that I completely hate the Densie needles, like the Plymouth just fine, and absolutely love the Options. It all depends, I guess, on what kind of needle you like--metal, bamboo, plastic.
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Mama Cat
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Posted - 01/05/2007 :  07:01:39 AM  Show Profile Send Mama Cat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I got my Options set lest night, plus the 2 and 3 traditional circs. I have the 13 and 15 tips and the 40" cable coming in a separate order. So far, I am really liking these needles, especially the cord. They feel like Addis to work with. The cord is a dream.

OK here is my fantasy for where KnitPicks can take this set. They call it "Options," right? Which sounds to me like there should be CHOICE. I think their next enhancement of this product should be to make tips in a variety of materials. E.g., make some bamboo tips to fit onto their needles. Or plastic-coated, like Inox. OTOH I think they should probably avoid the luxury hardwoods and leave that to the specialists though. Dunno. But the basic workaday needles that we all use - they should have real "options" available! Maybe they're planning this, who knows.

I also think that they should make a page insert that would hold the needles in a way comparable to the Boye set, i.e. each needle gets its own little holster labeled with its size. They should also have inserts to hold dpns. They sell dpns, so this should work for them. I like the little plastic inserts for holding the cables, though. Too cute.

These are just ideas for enhancements, not fixing problems or anything - so far I'm very happy.
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mrknits
Chatty Knitter

USA
346 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2007 :  08:44:12 AM  Show Profile Send mrknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"Santa" just put in an order for mine. It sounds like when I receive them I should try out each needle, cables and the connectors. Anything else you veterans of the Options sets recommend? I hope the quality control has improved. Thanks to all of you for your feedback. I had a set of Boye and detested them mostly because of the uncooperative cables and the propensity of the needles to come undone from the cables. I ended up selling that set for half of what I paid and was glad to have them working for someone else.

Miriam
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WhiteStar
Chatty Knitter

199 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2007 :  10:42:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit WhiteStar's Homepage Send WhiteStar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mama Cat
I also think that they should make a page insert that would hold the needles in a way comparable to the Boye set, i.e. each needle gets its own little holster labeled with its size. They should also have inserts to hold dpns. They sell dpns, so this should work for them. I like the little plastic inserts for holding the cables, though. Too cute.



I think the 3 pocket page inserts are *perfect* for holding the needle tips. The benefit is that you can put multiple tips of the same size in each insert (Doesn't every one need 3 pairs of size 6 tips???)I just wrote the size on the plastic with a sharpie.

I use the two pocket inserts for the cables (also labeled with size) and the full page inserts for the classic circs (again, labeled by size).

My needles have never been so organized! The problem with the Boye organzier is that if you had extra tips, where did you put them????



Anne in Colorado
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Mama Cat
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Posted - 01/05/2007 :  11:06:10 AM  Show Profile Send Mama Cat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
OK, I understand you and that's what I've done, too. But esp. in the little sizes, I can't tell the sizes apart without getting out my needle-sizer - which is annoying. That's all!!

I think the name of the set, "Options," leads me to think that they should set up options that would work for ALL of us. Right? plastic pockets if you like that, little needle-tip holsters for people like me.

As I said, it's just a "tweak," an addition of a capability if you will. I'm a devil on software developers, too. ;-) I always want whatever-it-is to do more.
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hillstreetmama
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USA
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Posted - 01/06/2007 :  06:15:35 AM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I took this idea from my DD. I cut up some index cards into about 1 inch squares. On them I used a Sharpie to write the size info, and tucked it into the sleeve with each size. MUCH easier to read than the purple disc that I also store with the needle tips. I also labeled the cables this way, and now have a notebook for my other circs labeled the same way, with size and length written on the little square. When the sleeve is empty, I know what belongs there but is in use. If you have the WHOLE set of KP's, you'll find you really need a second book to put them in. Right now, I have tips in one, and the cables and a few of their regular circs in the other. I'm sure everyone else figured out that you need to flip some of the pages over so that the zipper part of the pages do not all end up at the same end - you couldn't close the book!

Jan
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