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I'm asking dh for knitting needles for mother's day/my b-day (May 11th <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ). I'd like a set with some various needle sizes. I haven't knit before, I crochet and I've decided to get over my fear of the complicated nature of knitting and try it out as I always love how knitted items look. I'd like these needles to be able to last awhile so a little expensive isn't too big a deal though it must be under $100. I need a few different links because he is balking at me knowing my gift beforehand but I just can't justify spending that amount of money on myself except as a gift and since my b-day and mother's day are right next to each other I won't have another (guilt-free) chance to buy these until Christmas! So, I'm trying to lure him into agreement by giving him an assortment of links to choose from, that way I won't know my EXACT gift, you know?<br><br>
So, can you recommend a set please (and say why you like them)? A link to them would be nice also. Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<a href="http://www.knitpicks.com/Needles/Knitting_Needles.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.knitpicks.com/Needles/Knitting_Needles.aspx</a>
 

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oops, right on that page, the options interchangable needle set for $59.99<br><br><br>
i've never used them before, but i hope that helps
 

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The options ones above are nice. So are the Denise ones, they are a plasticy material that is a bit softer, easier on my arthritic hands. I have had nothing but positive experiences with the knitpicks people. If you have any problems, they are wonderfully nice and prompt at fixing them. I've heard the same about the Denise folks, though have not yet needed to test that myself (knock wood). The Denise sets go shorter, the knitpicks ones have a more flexible, thinner cord. Both have smooth joins. Knitpicks ones need a little piece to tighten the cord to the needle, the Denise ones just click in. Boyd(boye?) also makes an interchangeable needle set, available at joanne's and michael's. I personally don't like the bend at the join.<br><br>
Enjoy whichever set you get! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have both Denise interchangeables and Knitpicks Options, I love the Options hands down. I prefer the locking join on the Denises but the cables are so thick and chunky.
 

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Thanks for the responses so far! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'll definitely give dh the link to the options one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
As for what I'm looking for, I have no idea. I need a set that is good for a complete, utter beginner (me) but that will also be good once I get the hang of it. I don't want to buy something now and then have to turn around and buy something else later once I'm better at knitting. I'm sure I <i>will</i> buy something anyway because if it's anything like crochet, things become "must-have" when you'd never even heard of them before. But, I don't want to <i>have</i> to, if that makes sense.<br><br>
I've been looking through old threads and I see that people gush over bamboo, are they better?
 

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If you get an interchangeable needle set, you don't need straight needles.<br><br>
A cable needle can do anything a straight needle can. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I have both the Knit Picks set and the Denise set (in pink).<br>
I prefer the Knit Picks, since they're metal, but I bought the pink Denise set because part of the proceeds from it goes towards breast cancer research. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Ok, I guess that's the best option <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Just sent dh the link, thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you get an interchangeable needle set, you don't need straight needles.<br><br>
A cable needle can do anything a straight needle can. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I have both the Knit Picks set and the Denise set (in pink).<br>
I prefer the Knit Picks, since they're metal, but I bought the pink Denise set because part of the proceeds from it goes towards breast cancer research. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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That is true <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Hee, DERRRRRR
 

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Just to give a vote for Denise. I love my Denise set. I have some KP option needles too. I prefer the feel of the Denise needles and I actually like the thicker cords. If I need them to go a bit faster when knitting in the round, you can always put a smaller size needle tip on the left needle. I also love how I can start with a 17 inch circular for say a hat and knit and when I need to magic loop, I can just take a tip off, add an extension and more cord, put the tip back on and I am ready to go. Just seems easier somehow for me.<br><br>
I do think the KP options needles are very nice needles and the ones I have won't go to waste, just will only use for certain types of yarn and projects.<br><br>
If you like metal needles, then go with kp, if you like the feel of bamboo, go Denise.<br><br>
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There is also a bamboo interchangeable set. <a href="http://www.carodanfarm.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/product3734.html" target="_blank">http://www.carodanfarm.com/shopsite_...oduct3734.html</a><br><br>
It's cheaper here: <a href="http://www.fabulousyarn.com/gift_bamboosisterkit.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.fabulousyarn.com/gift_bamboosisterkit.shtml</a> but i don't know how shipping compares.<br><br>
There's a huge thread here: <a href="http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4133.0;topicseen" target="_blank">http://www.craftster.org/forum/index...33.0;topicseen</a> and more over at Knitter's Review in their "Needles" forum.<br><br>
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I did my research in the fall and asked around and decided to ask my husband to get me the Denise set. I am very happy with my choice. I had never used plastic before and was worried about them but they're awesome. I've never had anything come apart, even when my toddler attacks and yanks on the cord.<br><br>
And when I had a minor problem with one of the end caps, I emailled the company and they sent me a replacement right away for free, without requiring the problem piece to be sent or anything. Super-friendly and helpful.<br><br>
It really is an awesome set.
 

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I'd go with the options (knitpicks) set. It's the best alue for the money <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
(Oh, and an aside - here's the nitpicker in me coming out, LOL! Circular needles have a "cable" between the needles to join them, but they are NOT "cable needles". I fyou ask DH to get you "cable needles" and he goes to a shop asking for those, he will come back with little 3" needles that are sed to hold stitches when doing cablework. totally useless for trying to do actual knitting! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> )
 

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I vote for the KPO too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I just bought one single needle size and a 32" cable and I'm pretty impressed (and I blogged about it, see my siggie <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">).<br><br>
In the past I've almost exclusively used Addi Turbos but I'm liking the KnitPicks Options needles.
 
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