After two years of faithful hard work, it was high time to retire my Knit Picks nickel plated needles. The Knit Picks set makes a great kit for beginner knitters, because it is easy and flexible for working a variety of stitch patterns, lace, cable, etc., as well as working with different fibers.
However, the nickel started to rub off from all the friction caused by regular use, making for a slower knitting experience and a grinding one too. Nonetheless, I’m still going to use my size 9’s and higher, as needed, because they are still in good shape since I’m primarily a fingering and sport weight type of gal!
I must admit that the main reason why I purchased the Hiya Hiya needles was because of the beautiful case. I am all about presentation and aesthetics, so I immediately fell in love with the blue patterning and the soft pouch that holds all the needles. My Knit Picks plastic casing fell apart long ago, from lots of use.
The Hiya Hiya needles are SHARP making them perfect for lace work stitch patterns, which is what I most commonly knit. I noticed that my knitting speed has increased a bit, as the yarn flies off the needles so very nicely. Even the cables provided are made from a different material than the Knit Picks ones and doesn’t cling as much to the yarn, so everything slides off smoothly.
The set I purchased ranges from US size 2 up to 8, which is the range I work with most. It comes with 4 different cable lengths, including a 16” cable. This was extremely exciting as I don’t have to work magic loop for hats anymore! I’m used to working magic loop, but it’s much more comfortable to me to work seamlessly in the round. So extra points for that!
There are also little pouches where you can store your stitch markers and other little notions. The case is small and easy to carry around, making traveling with it nice, as it takes up little space in your bag! In comparison to the Knit Picks bag, which is not huge but it is bulkier and more cumbersome to carry about, and it doesn’t have any compartments where you can put your notions in; so you would have to carry an extra bag just for those.
The only downside I can see to these needles is the sharpness, so I have to be careful not to poke myself and some knitters might find the 16” cables really cramped to work with. But so far, no complaints from me and I’m excited to be casting on ALL PROJECTS with these needles. Lacework, here I come!
And now, silly pictures (don't sue me Marvel and Fox). Anyone want to guess which x-men character I'm trying to pose as? (Hint: check the number of claws).
Hello yarn, it's needle stabbing time (maybe we really do knit so that we don't kill people).
Ahem. Anyways! What are your favourite set of knitting needles?