Brand: Knit Pro
Type: Symphonie Interchangeable Needle Set
Bought from John Lewis, Oxford Street, London
So I got my first interchangeable set and I was delighted to play with it! To be technical, I already had another interchangeable set coming, an Addi Long Lace, but it hadn’t arrived and so Symphonie is actually the first interchangeables that I got my hands on.
I did my research before I bought my needles. I knew Symphonie has a lot of praises, but there are some complaints too. Some people said that the tips and the cords don’t connect properly, some said that their tips broke or wore off after a few knits.
The first thing that I did when I got home was to check if the tips could fit the cords properly. There was no problem there. Once I tighten them nicely, I don’t see how the tips could loosen and fall off. I was quite happy about that. I also understand what the others meant when they said that the cords has no memory. I had a Pony fixed circular needle whose cords drives me insane sometimes before it keeps getting in the way. The Symphonie ones lie nicely straight and doesn’t curl or twist back into the shape it came from in the pouch. That is a very good thing. The cords are also a very nice purple color, though I wish the lengths of the cords are labelled on each individual ziploc bag that they come in.
I have been knitting swatches of the yarns I bought with the needles, and so far I am quite pleased with them. I was reluctant to invest in wood interchangeable needles because I find that wooden needles slow me down. That was one of the reasons why I chose to invest in Addi sets. However, these Symphonies are very smooth, quite unlike the usual wooden needles. Indeed, I find them so smooth that they might be comparable to the metal needles! I am not sure how long the smoothness will last, because they might wore off and become rougher.. I am also quite afraid that my rough handling of the tips might dull them very quickly.
I do like these needles. They are warm to touch and aren’t as inflexible as the metal needles. There is also the convenience of having all the sizes available to you. This comes in 8 sizes: 3.5mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm, 7mm, 8mm. I wish they make interchangeables for the smaller needles too and put them in the set too! I do need some 2mm and plus needles.
I will continue to update here on my usage of these needles! Thanks for dropping by!