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Circular Needles? [Dec. 28th, 2010|01:10 am]
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Does anyone have any recommendations for makes of circular needle sets easily available in the UK? I'd quite like a set of interchangables to give a wider variety and I wouldn't mind paying a bit more for an investment set which will last a while. I'm fairly new to knitting and have never had to buy needles before as my straights were all given to me second hand.

Thanks in advance.
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[User Picture]From: unblinkered
2010-12-28 01:28 am (UTC)
The KnitPro interchangeables are as good as the hype - and they come in metal (Nova), acrylic (Spectra) and wood (Symfonie or Symfonie Rose, if you're feeling really flush!) so you can choose whatever suits you best.

The sets tend to come either as starter kits (three sizes of needles), as chunky (three of the larger sizes) and deluxe (seven needles, I think)....if you want to trial them, get the starter set and then add new tips as you go along. If you're pretty sure you'll like them and are likely to need/use a variety of needle sizes, then the Deluxe set is the best value for money.

And if you're ever in and around Glasgow, I'll even sell you some at The Yarn Cake. ;)
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[User Picture]From: slashlover
2010-12-28 01:48 am (UTC)
Thanks, I might have to make a special trip to Glasgow as my LYS is more of a general haberdashery and only really sells the basics.

I get paid on Thursday too. *g*
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[User Picture]From: unblinkered
2010-12-28 03:30 pm (UTC)
Woot! We're open today and tomorrow and then closed for Hogmanay til the 4th, we're a bit low on sets at the moment, but we've got the Symfonie Rose and Deluxe in just now and we'll be getting more as soon as we can (Christmas kinda cleared us out!).

I didn't actually realise you were in Ayrshire until just now, d'oh! ;)
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[User Picture]From: blackic
2010-12-28 01:33 am (UTC)
I bought myself a starter set of Knitpro interchangables from Get Knitted for Christmas, and I like them a lot!
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[User Picture]From: slashlover
2010-12-28 01:50 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation! Looks like they're the ones to go with.
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[User Picture]From: papervolcano
2010-12-28 08:47 am (UTC)
I'd agree with that - I got the deluxe set of the Knitpro Symfonie last year, and liked them so much that I got a set of the Symfonie DPNs :)
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[User Picture]From: reefgirluk
2010-12-28 10:19 am (UTC)
I'd like to add my voice to the KnitPro camp, I have the Symphonie set and it's the best investment I've made. I've also got a set of DPN's too, another sound investment
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[User Picture]From: geekette8
2010-12-28 11:46 am (UTC)
I have a set of Knitpicks Harmony Options (in wood): http://www.knitpicks.com/wood+knitting+needles_NL300306.html I think I bought them from Get Knitted but I'm not 100% certain.

I like them a lot, the tips are easy to change, they're nice and pointy, they're very smooth and the cables don't kink or anything.

The only problem I've had with them is that the wooden needles aren't secured very well into the metal screw in bits, so I've had a couple come out. They're easily glued back in, though.

I bought some more different lengths of cable to go with them after I'd had them for a while.
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[User Picture]From: muffetly
2010-12-28 12:14 pm (UTC)
Not interchangeable, but my LYS Texere have a massive selection and I've always had fabulous service from them...
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[User Picture]From: alfykins
2010-12-28 12:47 pm (UTC)
I was very naughty & bought myself a set of the Symfonie needles, the rose wood ones, when I went to the big knitting show at Ally Pally this year. The case is fairly ugly (loooks a bit like a posh box of chocolates on the inside!) but the needles are BEAUTIFUL and lovely to knit with as well. I picked them up from http://www.thelittleknittingcompany.co.uk/ The lady who runs it is very nice (and very persuasive!) :-D
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[User Picture]From: dandelion
2010-12-28 02:18 pm (UTC)
KnitPro are okay, but the last shop I saw them in (Get Knitted), when sold individually the tips alone cost as much as the non-interchangeable KnitPro circs in the same size, and then the cables were extra on top. Even when buying the big sets, they still cost more than the non-interchangeables unless you were going to make use of all the needle sizes and lots of the cable sizes (and there's very little functional difference between, say, 80cm and 100cm cables). Be careful that you aren't doing things more expensively than buying non-interchangeable needles!
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[User Picture]From: ar_gemlad
2010-12-30 06:35 pm (UTC)
I have a set of Denise's, and they're ok, but if buying a new set I'd go for a set which have a smaller minimum needle size for socks.
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