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ChiaoGoo 7500-C Twist Red Lace Interchangeable Set, 2.75-10.0mm
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- These needles are a high quality yet very attractively value priced
- Surgical-grade, stainless steel, lace tips
- Made in china
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Westing bridge LLC-ChaioGoo single point knitting needles. These needles are made of Moso bamboo: the largest and strongest bamboo in the world. These needles are a high quality yet very attractively value priced when compared to other brands on the market. The coloring is a warm brown and is completely natural. No dyes or stains are used to achieve the warm brown shade. Many consumers appreciate the color as it provides contrast with the majority of shades of yarn. This package contains one set of 9in single point needles. Imported.
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About the needles themselves. I personally like the feel of stainless over the nickel plated alternatives. In addition to the overall feel they give, I actually like the slight whooshing sound they make as I knit.
To swivel or not: I knit tight. Because by their very nature swiveling joints cannot be perfectly smooth. I have used several swiveling circulars and they all have a little resistance when sliding my work back on the needle, but it has never been significant.
Overall, I highly recommend this set. I supplemented mine with a set of Dyakcraft Heavy Metal interchangeable needles. They are solid stainless steel from sizes 0 through 3.
UPDATE: After using these needles and the Heavy Metal needles I mentioned above, I have several comments:
The joins on these needles are excellent. They are not quite as smooth as the Heavy Metals, but they do stay tightened better if you use the included keys.
Although the ChaiGoo's are great needles, they may not be the best for general knitting. Although many people like this type of needle for every knitting task, the stiletto shaped tips are actually designed for lace knitting. For routine knitting (and purling) stiletto tips may either slow your knitting or make your gauge irregular. Here is why: The stiletto tip by it's nature is longer than a less sharp tip. Proper gauge requires a newly knitted stitch to lie on the body of the needle when tensioning. That means you must push a stiletto-tipped needle further, get the stitch past the tip. For most beginning knitters, this is not an issue, for advanced knitters, it will probably slow your knitting down. Alternatively, you might find yourself knitting fast, but because the newly knitted stitch does not clear the tip, it ends up smaller than the gauge of the needle.
The Twists, being hollow, are very light, much lighter than the solid Heavy Metals. That's good, because their light weight offsets the braided metal cables on the Twists which are relatively heavy.
With circular needles, the cable can hinder or help your knitting. As mentioned before, some individuals prefer cables that swivel, others don't. Personally, I prefer a compliant cable with little memory (tendency to curl), because they make the absence or presence of a swivel irrelevant. In this regard, the Twists are excellent, but not perfect. The shortest large cable actually has the tendency to stay straight rather than curl. With short row back and forth knitting, this actually creates a spring effect that tends to pull one of the needles out of the work. This forces me to grip the needle tighter, thus offsetting the advantage of it's light weight. This is not an issue with the small cables or as much of an issue with the longer large cables. Overall, I prefer the cables on the Twist to those on the Heavy Metal which do have a tendency to curl. I have not worked with the Spin cables, but I suspect they would be very similar to those on the Heavy Metals.
TIP: You may want to buy a short large Spin cable to use in place of the short large Twist cable.
TIP #2: The larger cables are thicker than those on ChaiGoo red lace fixed circulars. Because of this, the small set may actually be a better option than the complete set.
I tried to show as much detail as I could in the pictures I included with this review, as I know I was very curious when making the decision to purchase these. In one of the pictures, the red cables are in with the small sized needles, that's because I chose to store them there. The cables come packaged in the front pocket in little baggies. Oh! When you get your needles, the cables may be "sticky." I found info on the ChiaoGoo website about this and they said if the cables are "sticky," it's due to a residue and they can be wiped off with rubbing alcohol. I did this as soon as my needles arrived and after rubbing the cables a few times, the residue went away - you'll see the red residue on the tissue/alcohol wipe you use. ChiaoGoo said the residue can stain your yarn so I highly recommend wiping the cables with alcohol.
I love the sharp tips on these and the versatility. This is the only set you will ever need. I say this because they have so many options to ADD to this kit. I started with this set of 5" tips and as time goes on i have projects that might need 4" or 2 of the same sive and you can just order the 2nd set or the 4" as you need them and the case has pockets for them right in front of the 5" pockets.
I do love the red wires that come with them because they are a little stiffer. My only gripe is soemtimes after a while they will unscrew a tad but you will know before its too late because your yarn will slip into the join so youll be able to tighten before they come apart. (and the join is SMOOTH) HOWEVER- to remedy this you just buy more cords but buy the spin cords that come with the wood ones. They fit and they spin. They are not as stiff.. they are fairly flimsy but in the best way possible. I like these for magiv loop to help reduce the ladders.
So you can add to your set with different sized tips, different cords, multiple cords..multiple tips. You can use the little screws to attach multiple cords to get an uber huge length. This is the only way to go!! i buy from handsomefibers for my add ons!