Interchangeable Experiment – Results

After completing three honeycowls in Manos del Uruguay Maxima on HiyaHiya sharps, Addi Click Lace short tips, and ChiaoGoo Twist short tips, I decided on the ChiaoGoo.

I purchased the 4-inch tips of ChiaoGoo Twist interchangables in sizes 2-8. I picked up various lengths in both the Twist and Spin cords. The best of both worlds! No memory and good structure with the Twists, and light-weight and swiveling with the Spin.

I haven’t been knitting much lately, with the re-focus on sewing (or maybe I over did it with honeycowls back-to-back-to-back?), but they have already come in handy on a few smaller projects.20130629-182217.jpg

Interchangeable Experiment – Part 3

Honeycowl
Control Variables
Pattern: Honeycowl, cast on 180 stitches
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Maxima

Independent Variable
Needles: ChiaoGoo

Review
The ChiaoGoo needles worked very well. The join was indistinguishable during knitting. The tips were slick. I even almost lost some stitches while traveling with it in my bag since they slid right off. I love the red cords on these. It adds a little bit of weight, but they don’t have any memory. All in all, the needle faded into the background and all I thought about was the knitting.

So now, the difficult decision. For me the choice is coming down between the swivel cord of the HiyaHiyas and the no-memory of the ChiaoGoo.

Also, I may have Honeycowls out of my system for a while.

Interchangeable Experiment – Part 2

Untitled
Control Variables
Pattern: Honeycowl, cast on 180 stitches
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Maxima

Independent Variable
Needles: Addi Click Lace Short Tips

Review
These tips had a little more weight to them than the HiyaHiyas, but not enough to make a difference. They are shinier (nickle plated), giving the impression of being a slight bit slicker. The cord has some memory, but it’s not obnoxious with a full project on the needles. I missed the swivel of the HiyaHiya.

I did notice the joins, however. I was aware of the yarn when moving it from cord to needle or needle to cord.

The 3.5 inch length of the tips was just right. I tried the natura tips for a few rows, but they weren’t comfortable.

Last stop, ChiaoGoo!

Interchangeable Experiment – Part 1

Untitled
Control Variables
Pattern: Honeycowl, cast on 180 stitches
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Maxima

Independent Variable
Needles: HiyaHiya sharps, size 5, 32 inch length

Review
The HiyaHiyas are light weight. I like the short tips. And the swivel cord keeps anything from getting tangled. The points were sharp enough to easily grab each stitch, but not too sharp to split the singles or hurt my index finger as I pushed on it to move the piece along. My test set didn’t come with needle grips to aid in tightening, but the tips never separated from the cords during knitting.

The cord itself was very flexible. It had a little bit of memory when it came out of the package, but after one project it’s no longer noticeable. And, I think the swivel helps a lot. The swivel action isn’t completely smooth, but I think it would wear in after some use.

The joins disappear. The work moved from cord to needle to the next needle effortlessly.

Next test will be on the Addi Click Lace Short Tips.