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« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2004 09:28:41 AM »

Just putting my 2 cents in. . .

I LOVE my Denise needles.  I just finished making the hooded sweater from StitchnBitch using them, and the interchangeable needles made this so much easier.  I could:

 - switch needle sizes without taking the stitches off the cord
 - use the cord as a stitch holder using the included "ends"
 - switch from a longer cord to a shorter cord (or vice versa) by using the cord connectors and pulling the cord through until the stitches were on the cord I wanted

Etc, etc.  My only constructive feedback is that the cord connectors which are supposed to allow you to connect two cords for a longer circular needle really aren't useful for that purpose.  The connectors aren't flexible, so you end up having a 1.5-inch long stiff area in the middle of your cord, which is hard to work with.  But I think it would be really rare that you need to use two cords together, so it's not that big of a problem.

Essentially, I think this is the greatest value for your money--you get most of the needle sizes you'll ever need, plus a lot more--for the price of 3 sets of circs.  Who else can promise that?   Grin
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« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2004 01:48:28 AM »

So I finally bought the kit, and I LOVE IT. Love love love love it. I wish I could travel back in time and buy it when I first started knitting. At first I couldn't figure out how the "clicking on" of the needle to the cord would work (I'm kind of not so much with anything I suspect of being technical) but it turned out to be self-explanatory. It comes with instructions, but I didn't even open them. Easy as pie, and I love that all my needles fit in one small case.

I can't say enough good things about it. Once you buy the kit, all you'll need is outsize needles (it only goes to size 13 or 15, I think) and DPNs if you use 'em.

Yay for the Denise kit! (Also, I'm pleased to note that you can order all kinds of replacement/extra parts separately from their website, which is perfect if you tend to like working on one size needle with several WIPs going at once.)

Thanks for all the opinions- it really made me feel okay about taking the Denise Plunge.  Tongue
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« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2004 03:28:20 PM »

I absolutely LOVE them. I even bought a 2nd set. So now I can even do socks and hats and instead of using 4 DPNs, I can just use two sets of my Denise's. Another cool thing is just being able to plug on the stitch holder caps or switch to different needles without having to remove them off the plastic cord thingies. I love Addi Turbos, but they're kinda spendy and I kinda death grip my needles, so my hands tire much faster than when using the Denise's. There's also a few different Bamboo interchangeables out there.

WEBs version:
http://www.yarn.com/knitting/knitting2.html

Plymouth Yarn's version:
http://www.plymouthyarn.com/needles.html?sid=53a3ab36c155ef3d6a24729c3691a6a9

They look really pretty, but I have no idea how they rate.

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« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2004 09:37:19 AM »

I'm a prety new knitter, and you lost me. How do you use two sets of circular needles in the place of DPs?

I even bought a 2nd set. So now I can even do socks and hats and instead of using 4 DPNs, I can just use two sets of my Denise's.
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« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2004 01:44:33 PM »

I'm a prety new knitter, and you lost me. How do you use two sets of circular needles in the place of DPs?

look at some instructions here - that should help.
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« Reply #25 on: May 06, 2004 03:05:49 PM »

 I even tried the magic loop on the end of a hat last night and it got a bit tricky (as I was mostly guessing how it went) but it worked.  So I don't need 2 of each size after all.

So that's the second time that the "magic loop" has been mentioned in this topic.... Call me a naive new knitter (which I am), but what is this "magic loop" you all speak of???
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« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2004 08:24:42 PM »

I've got the Boye Needlemaster interchangables, which are also great. Got them on Ebay for about $40. The aluminum points screw into the cables. The set I got is from the 70's or so, but Hobby Lobby carries replacements on the updated version (especially of the cables) for $2-4 per pair of points/cables/etc. My set came w/US sizes 6-15, so I'd like to get ahold of the smaller sizes as well. I use these needles for everything & only use straights if I don't have the size I need, or if I'm already using it for another project.

AnjanaSofia:

Check out these links

http://www.purlwise.com/2003/12/the_handy_magic.html
http://www.knitaddicted.com/files/MagicLoop.pdf
http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/mloop.html
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« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2004 06:07:11 AM »

My $0.02 on the Boye set:  make sure you like to knit with aluminum/metal needles before you buy this one!  I was lucky to try a friend's Boye set before I bought, and discovered that in general I really don't like knitting with metal needles (except for my Addi turbos -- love them!). 

Acutally, same goes for the Denise -- if you don't like knitting with plastic needles, you may not like them. 
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« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2004 07:11:51 AM »

i have a set of bamboo interchangables, and while I love the idea, the implementation is not great.  This set has needles and cords that screw on to each other.  The problem is, that as you knit, sometimes they start to come unscrewed.  This leaves a little gap that the yarn loves to jump in to.  Argh.  So frustrating.   
I think the key to any fairly good sized investment like these is to make sure you can try before you buy and see how they work for you, personally.
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AnjanaSofia
« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2004 05:10:42 PM »

Thanks for the links, Melissa. I get it now!  Smiley
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