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So two days ago, I was thinking about getting one of the interchangeable needle sets. I was poking around online and discovered that I can't afford them.<br><br>
Today, I went into a thrift store to look for books (fiction, just for light reading before sleeping) and found a complete set in its original (old <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) package.<br><br>
For $7. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
If I don't end up liking them (I read here that a lot of people don't like this set), oh well. for 7 bucks I'm willing to risk it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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wow--sounds like it was meant to be!
 

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Wow!<br><br>
Even if you don't that particular set (for some reaon, I have a feeling that it's the "Boye" set, but I could be wrong...hey, but don't tell my DH as he says I never admit it when I'm wrong! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), at least you'll get an idea of what interchangeables are like, and then know if you'd like to splurge on a more expensive set.<br><br>
I've been actually pondering putting my Knit Picks *Harmony* set up for sale, as even though it's really pretty, I've only used it once because I seem to prefer the metal *Options* set more.
 

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Awesome find!<br><br>
I get lots of my needles at the local church thrift shop. 25 cents a pair, Woot!
 

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Daaaaang! Bomb Score!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've been actually pondering putting my Knit Picks *Harmony* set up for sale, as even though it's really pretty, I've only used it once because I seem to prefer the metal *Options* set more.</div>
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I bought one set of Harmony tips, and I'm so glad I didn't buy more. They're too sticky for me. I like needles that let me move fast, fast, fast!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So two days ago, I was thinking about getting one of the interchangeable needle sets. I was poking around online and discovered that I can't afford them.<br><br>
Today, I went into a thrift store to look for books (fiction, just for light reading before sleeping) and found a complete set in its original (old <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) package.<br><br>
For $7. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
If I don't end up liking them (I read here that a lot of people don't like this set), oh well. for 7 bucks I'm willing to risk it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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For $7, you can always keep them as backup if you end up splurging on a fancier set. I love having lots of extras of my favorite sizes of needles.
 

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Yes, it is the Boye set. That same thrift store sells knitting needles for .25/pair also.<br><br>
I also got a whole bunch of circs in sizes from 2 or 3 to 10 for $2.<br><br>
The 10s are actually not circs, but are like, um, detached circs? They have a cable like a set of circs, but the ends are not connected. Rather, they have a round flat disc on the end as a stop I assume.<br><br>
What are these?
 

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The 10s are actually not circs, but are like, um, detached circs? They have a cable like a set of circs, but the ends are not connected. Rather, they have a round flat disc on the end as a stop I assume.<br><br>
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Those are called "flex needles".<br><br>
I've never used any of those, so I can't comment one way or the other with them.
 

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Well, I guess I can see how they can be handy, instead of worrying about poking the baby in the face with the end of the needle while he sleeps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Well, apparently my set is pretty old. I mean, I knew it looked old from the package and the brochure, but it is different (I think?) than the set that is available now.<br><br>
My cables are as follows:<br><br>
2 12" cables<br>
1 14" cable<br>
1 16" cable<br>
1 21" cable<br><br>
And it is called The Needle-Master <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, apparently my set is pretty old. I mean, I knew it looked old from the package and the brochure, but it is different (I think?) than the set that is available now.<br><br>
My cables are as follows:<br><br>
2 12" cables<br>
1 14" cable<br>
1 16" cable<br>
1 21" cable<br><br>
And it is called The Needle-Master <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Still a cool find!
 

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Cool!!! My mom got me a similar set off of ebay for my birthday. It is the same set that my Grandmother had and she liked them, but my Uncle got everything and wanted to sell them to my mom for the new price.<br><br>
I love the flex needles!
 

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awesome find! I have this set also, and while I don't use it a lot, it does get use & it's great as a back or if I need a really long cable.
 

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I have one, too. I think mine's the older one also, as I got it at Tuesday morning for $25 a year or so ago. It's great for doing gauge swatches or for projects that use needles I won't often need.<br><br>
One thing that really helps me use them for knitting in the round is to put a smaller tip on the left and the actual needle size on the right. This lets the sttiches slide easily off that needle while the right needle determines the gauge.<br><br>
The other thing, I know a lot of people are confused by the "key" in these sets (and knitpicks) You use it like a lever to tighten the tips. Hold the tip with the little rubber circle (if your set still had one) , put the "key" (the little pin dealie) through the hole in the cable, and twist the key like a wing nut on a screw.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">...One thing that really helps me use them for knitting in the round is to put a smaller tip on the left and the actual needle size on the right. This lets the sttiches slide easily off that needle while the right needle determines the gauge.<br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> I can't believe I never thought of that. Great idea!
 
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