I’m happily knitting along on my sock.
Interesting to read of others’ experiences with the Knitpicks circulars. Some of you have the same experience as I, with loose joins and breaks, some of you have had no problems.
Several of you asked about the cables on the Hiya Hiya needles — are they as flexible as the Knitpicks? I don’t think they are — they seem a little stiffer to me. But they are flexible enough for me, and that’s all that matters, at least from my point of view.
I also find them pointy enough. I don’t see much difference in pointyness between these and the Knitpicks, at least in the 2mm size I usually use for socks. The pointyness may differ in larger sizes, but I’ve only got them in small sizes.
The Hiya Hiya is on the left — you can see it is slightly less pointy.
In answer to a question from the comments, with fingering weight sock yarn I usually use a size 0 (2mm) needle and get 8 sts/12 rows to the inch.
I’m intrigued by the new Kollage square needles, but unfortunately the shortest cable length that the circulars come in is 24″. I find that on a 24″ circular, the needle length is uncomfortably long for me to use knitting socks. On a 16″ circular (on my Hiya Hiyas), the actual needle length is 3.3″ and I find that to be perfect for knitting a small circumference item, like a sock. When I try to knit a sock on two 24″ circulars, I find the needle length uncomfortably long. The needle length on a 24″ circular is usually about 5″ long — that’s a big difference.
Is this just me? Am I being speshul? 😉
Momma kept me up too late last night!