MDK Rule #783: Love Your Gear
December 2, 2006
In the course of making the Print o’ the Wave lace shawl, I was plagued by a constant jonesing for the right needle. You really want a pointy needle for the k2togs and the k3togs, but even an Addi Turbo seemed too blunt. I wanted a NEEDLE.
I kept hearing about the Knit Picks Options interchangeable needles. I have some Denise interchangeables, which are good, but nobody’s calling them pointy.
Crippled at the daunting possible combinations (do I need a 24-inch cable, or a 32-inch cable, or a burrito AND a chimichanga OR a tamale?), I did what I always do: go with Combo #1 and quit worrying about it.
I love ’em. They’re unapologetically pointy, they have a nice heft to them, and the cable join is very smooth. The cable? As flexible as an Addi, and that’s pretty flexible.
I had a worried moment when I managed to yank the purple cable out of its socket–are these things up to snuff? But I called the Knit Picks customer service line, and I was told there was a recall on the cables, and two days later I had not one but TWO replacement cables. The busted one is still in use, by the way, thanks to the pioneer-like resourcefulness that made me remember that I had a tube of Super Glue in my desk.
In short: three stars, worth a detour. These are fantastic needles.