Never thought I could fall in love with knitting needles until I met my dpn's, cable needles, and circs in harmony wood. What a treat for the hands as well as the eyes. I have the options set - soooo worth the price (not that they're off the charts, but what a great investment!), and the cables are the most flexible I've ever used. I have one suggestion, however: engrave or stamp the needle size into the metal connector end. Makes it easy to check what size is in use on different projects, rather than having to pull out the sizer (which is always in the other project bag), or using ID tags.
I use the purple Size ID tags to keep track of my circular needle sizes. Granted, I do have to make them more readable with a label maker, but it works great and doesn't cause a problme with the smoothness/slickness of the needle.
For the DPNs, I use the little cases they sell and label them. It makes it very handy to take them with you and not lose them when working on a project.
My husband has just said he'll get me the options for Christmas. I'm wondering which ones and am looking for opinions/recommendations. I am an Addi Turbo knitter. I've tried a bunch of others and here is my reasons, smooth join, fast, not too too sharp as I have a bad habit of pushing on the tips with my finger. So I'm looking for fast and not TOO pointy. (As an example, INOX were too pointy.)
For fast I think the nickel plated would be good, but the points are advertised as sharp. So I'm thinking the harmony, but i'm wondering if they are fast enough. After using the addi's I hate other wooden needles anymore.
Please give me your opinion so I can order right! :)
I have the entire Options Nickel set, and purchased several of the larger Harmoney points to supplement my set - both are fast (depending on the type of yarn). Points are nice and strong. Highly recommend. I had several types of other circulars before I found these, and would never go back.
I am new to this site. I haven't bought anything from KnitPicks yet, but so tempting. I am looking around for a nice set of knitting needles for my daughter who is new to knitting. The Harmony wood ones have caught my eyes. They look so beautiful. I can't decide on circular or straight ones. I probably go for the straight ones for now. I myself would like to get the interchangeable ones, I will ask Santa for them :) Happy knitting everyone.....
The great thing about the Options needles, is that you don't have to commit to buying the whole set at once. You could buy a few tips that are nickel plated and wooden in sizes that you'll use a lot to test out and see what you like yourself. Since you are an Addi Turbo fan, it sounds like you would probably like our nickel plated needles. The tip pointy, but it won't hurt your fingers. Have you knit with Addi Turbo lace needles? The tip is similar to those.
The Harmony wood needles also have a pointed tip. They aren't as slick as the nickel plated needles, but they are smoother than an average bamboo needle because they are covered in a wood laminate. That also allows the tips to be a little more pointy than you see on an average bamboo needle. I used to only knit with nickel plated needles because I felt like bamboo created too much drag, but I can still knit very quickly with Harmony wood. Also, if you are knitting something like lace, the wood provides just enough grip to keep all of your stitches in place.
I have both sets and I love them both. If I had to choose, I would pick the wooden set because the nickel set hurts my fingers after a while ( I think they are too pointy for me as I push with the tip of my finger).
Just happened to see the response on this and thought I'd reply, though it's likely that you've already made your choice.
Personally I have to respectfully disagree with the response from KP Admin that the nickel plated needles aren't so sharp as to hurt your fingers. If you push on the tips of your needles a lot, then I find that the needles are sharp enough that they make your fingers sore after a few hours of steady knitting. Personally I never realized, until I purchased these needles, that this was "incorrect knitting form," so I've tried to get out of the habit of pushing on the tips of the needles. The problem I have with this is that I already knit at somewhat loose gauge, and if I don't push on the tips, I knit even more loosely. But I'm working on it.
I'm not familiar with the Addi Lace needles as a comparison, though I do have some regular Addi Turbo circulars that I love. The KP needles are much sharper than regular Addi circulars, and since I know the Addi Lace needles advertise a sharper tip, I'd say they're probably pretty similar.
I don't have the Harmony Options set, but I do have a few of the fixed circulars in small sizes, and I simply love them. If I had the choice to make over again I'd go with the Harmony options set for lace, optimizing the sharp tips and the slight grip that the laminated wood gives. Then for things that require quick, slick needles, I'd stick with fixed Addi Turbos, for the metal finish but the blunter points.
I'm definitely in the minority of not really caring for the pointed tips on the Nickel options, as I think most knitters try not to push their yarn from the tips. But I wanted to be candid and say that they *did* hurt my fingers after a good bit of knitting time.
I had the same experience with one project I recently finished. It was a very tight gauge, and I found my thumb getting sore on this particular project. It isn't my normal experience though, but I still love the Options and Harmony needles.