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puffy_jacket
« on: March 24, 2004 11:47:56 AM »

I'm interested in the Denise interchangeable knitting needle kit, but it's a chunk of change (although really, at $45, it's only as much as a few pairs of regular needles) so I'd love to hear some opinions on those who already have it before taking the plunge! Love it? Hate it? Let me know if you can, I'd appreciate it.
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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2004 12:36:29 PM »

I believe there are some opinions on this thread  http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=23;action=display;threadid=3513
I know I've seen some more opinions on other threads so go spulunking and see what you can find.  All the ones I've read say that they're worth the rather steep cost.
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starlings
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2004 12:37:33 PM »

I don't own one of these kits, but there's been a lot of discussion about them recently on the Knitlist.  

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/knitlist/
The archives can be a bit of a drag to search - you have to keep hitting "next", searching one block of messages at a time.  I found lots of hits in the 53686 to 54114 range.

There's also a review of them on the Knitters Review site.
http://www.knittersreview.com/article_tool.asp?article=/review/product/030424_a.asp

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Maripaz
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2004 01:17:59 PM »

I bought a denise kit about a month ago and so far I really like them.  Before I ordered them I was a bit skeptical about the plastic needles because up until then I had used only bamboo needles.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  The plastic needles are fine as long as your yarn isn't super slippery.  I've never had a problem with the needles disconnecting from the cords and the ends you can snap on to make needle holders are really useful as well.  When you think about how much money you'd spend buying individual needles it's definitely worth the price.  I think some people have found sets for sale on eBay so you might be able to save a bit more money if you look there as well.
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2004 02:26:14 PM »

Thanks so much! I'll go trawling through the links posted for more- I appreciate it. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2004 09:19:42 AM »

I bought the Denise needles as well because I could see that there was going to be a considerable outlay in needles if I didn't.  I have had good luck with them on certain types of yarn - i.e., wool and other natural fibers.  BUT, I started a mans sweater using two strands of DK chenille and the piece just wasn't moving around the needles!  Every few stitches I would have to stop and push the knitting around, which pretty much defeats the purpose of knitting in the round, IMHO.  So I had to buy a pair of Addi Turbos for this project.  I do love the ease with which you can move from one size needle to the other for ribbing and that you can use these needles for straight and round.  The shafts are great for holding stitches.  All in all I think it's a good buy when you consider it's about the cost of 3 pair of Addis.

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2004 03:19:05 PM »

love mine. just wish they came in pretty colors. {{shallow}} i hate periwinkle.


denise: i would like lime, pink and orange. thank you.

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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2004 06:26:03 PM »

i love my denise needles! i bought them when i was broke, and it was totally the right decision. the only other needles i've bought or used in the months i've had them were some size 3 dpns to tackle socks.

another cool thing is that the denise company is owned and operated by a family, so you're supporting a cool, independent business when you buy!  i really have no idea about the companies that make other needles, but i imagine they're rather huge and corporate.

if we're making wishes, i second fun colors and add one for some sort of interchangeable dpn kit ... maybe one to complement the range of sizes in the existing kit, and one in sizes 0-4 for sock knitters.  
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2004 06:32:18 PM »

i would think about buying it if it had dpns - i use them quite a lot. truth be told, i hate circular needles and use them only when i have to. i have basically every size (ordinary) knitting needle going, but circular needles and dpns are so hard to find around here, and it looks so nicely portable.

however i must confess that i was put off slightly by the colour of the kit. [also shallow]
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2004 01:10:00 PM »

I LOVE my denise needles- I have abandoned all others. I also use them to knit "magic loop" for everything so it is also MUCH cheaper than buying all kinds of circs and dpns.

They are also great b/c you can take them on a plane. no problem.

I am getting another set soon, so I can have more than 1 WIP and so that I can use the cables to expand more.

They have a great reputation for service- someone on knitters review broke a cable, and they replaced it quickly. I've been yanking at the and generally treating them not-so-gently and I haven't had anything break yet.
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