July 23, 2006
So many have reported on the new KnitPicks needles, and I see no reason to board a ship which has, by now, clearly sailed. As I wrote a few days ago, "I agree with everything you've read so far - they are pointier than Addis, the cord is nice and flexible, the joins seems smooth, the needles themselves are smooth, they're as cheap as dirt, the size isn't marked, the packaging is flimsy... But I'm not a convert. For a reason that I have yet to see someone mention!"
Oh, the suspense! What caught my eye now? ;)
My friends, I have a drawer full of scientific instruments, and I'm not afraid to use them. In fact, what I'm about to tell you is not a matter of opinion, it is undeniable scientific evidence.
Needles mentioned here, in order of appearance (so I don't have to continue providing links): KnitPicks dpns, INOX aluminum needles (circs and dpns), Susan Bates Silvalume dpns, KnitPicks Classic circulars, Hiya Hiya circulars, KnitPicks Options circulars, Addi Turbo circulars, Aluminum Boye circulars.
Let's start with the KnitPicks dpns:
Set of 5 KnitPicks dpns, size 0/2.0 mm, 6" long weigh 12.0 g.
Set of 5 INOX aluminum dpns, size 0/2.00 mm, 6" long weigh 5.8 g.
Set of 5 Susan Bates Silvalume dpns, size 0/2.0 mm, 7" long weigh 6.9 g.
What do you think about that?!?
Let's looks at some chunkier dpns:
Set of 5 KnitPicks dpns, size 1.5/2.5 mm, 6" long weigh 16.3 g.
Set of 5 INOX aluminum dpns, size 1.5/2.5 mm, 6" long weigh 8.5 g.
Set of 5 Susan Bates Silvalume dpns, size 2/2.75 mm, 7" long (so, a little bigger, and a little longer) weigh 12.7 g.
Okay, how about those Classic KnitPicks circulars?
Size 0/2.0 mm, 24" long KnitPicks Classic circular weighs 4.7 g.
Size 0/2.0 mm, 24" long Hiya Hiya circular weighs 2.0 g.
Size 0/2.0 mm, 32" long INOX aluminum circular weighs 2.5 g.
Fine, I get the idea. The Options line must be lighter, right?
Out of curiosity, I did buy one Options needle, even though I said I wouldn't go there because I'm pleased with what's available in sizes US 4 and up. So, we all get the benefit of the weight comparison.
Size 4/3.5 mm, 24" long KnitPicks Options circular weighs 9.9 g.
Size 4/3.5 mm, 24" long (closer to 23", to be honest) Addi Turbo circular weighs 6.0 g.
Size 4/3.5 mm, 29" cheapo aluminum Boye circular weighs 6.6 g.
I'm not sure how to conclude this exposé, other than to tell you that the heaviness of these needles is blatant. It was the very fist thing I noticed about them when I finally got around to opening the package. Purly can vouch for me - she was "there".
But that's just me. I find that heavy needles make my hands very tired, very quickly. If needle weight wasn't so important to me, I'd stop my whining and knit all my lace on straights, trust me.
Tomorrow I'll be returning the dpns and Options to KnitPicks. I'm holding on to the Classic Circulars only because I've reached a certain level of desperation when it comes to metal circs in the US 00-3 range. So I'm willing to give anything a try at this point.
I leave you with a question - do you notice how light or heavy your needles are? Does it make a difference to you in terms of speed, hand fatigue, ease of use?