Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Denise Interchangeable Needles - Product Review
Well I thought I had my mind made up about which brand of interchangeable needles to buy, but I was totally wrong. I went to my local yarn store, Mt. Laurel Yarn Boutique in Sturbridge, MA, to get more information and to see first hand what they had to offer for interchangeable needles. They had Denise, Hiya Hiya, Addi Click, Rosewood Interchangeable by Plymouth Yarn and had Clover but it was on the way and not in store yet.
It was very nice to see and touch all these brands of interchangeable needles in one place. Plus the store was very quiet so I was able to ask lots of questions without feeling like I was hogging their time. The owner uses Denise as her primary needles while the other woman used the Hiya Hiya. The owner said that there are several regulars to her store that use Denise needles religiously as their primary needles even some busy knitting teachers. I told her that I did not mind spending the money for quality needles that will last. She still recommended the Denise needles to me.
Here are some things that sold me on the Denise interchangeable needles before even using them. The set included needles from sizes 5 to 15. It also had six cables from size 5" to 19" along with 2 connectors to make them longer and 4 end caps to save your project or make them as straight needles. This whole set was only $50 in a nice storage case. Denise offers a lifetime guarantee! If anything ever needs to be replaced, I can bring them to the store OR contact the manufacturer myself for a replacement at NO COST. Finally, and probably the most important selling point to me, the are made in the USA! In addtion, I purchased the companion set (in lavendar) and the size 19 needle. I will be getting the size 17 needle too but they were out of stock.
After switching out the fixed circular needles that I borrowed, I was able to play with them for over four hours. Here is a picture of the just about completed bottom of my hexagonal market bag:
I had some difficulty using the longest cable by itself since I did not have much room to play. So I squished it together and added a connector and another cable. This worked much better. As you can see, I am using two different sized needles right now. I am completing the knit row using the 10.5 needle from the 5 needle. I just twisted it off and changed it. I will be knitting the mesh part of the bag next with both of the 10.5 needles until I get to the top.
By the way, I was bad on Monday. I bought the rest of the accessories for the Denise needles. I got all of the long cords, to do Magic Loop, in 30", 40" and 52", size 17 needles, size 10.75 needles and the Denise organizer in red. I am so glad that I tried these needles and did not follow the advice of several other reviews and forums. I am very happy with these as they are functional and were not super expensive even after buying all the accessories. I would highly recommend these to anyone in the market for interchangeable circular knitting needles!!!