|Magic Looping with my new needles!|
While attending TNNA in June I heard that Chiaogoo was releasing a set of Interchangeables with their lace tip so I asked for a set to review, the worse that could happen is that they would say no, right? I wouldn't want to talk up a product I hadn't tried! Luckily Chiaogoo said yes and my full set got here last week.
LOVE is not a strong enough word! LOVE I tell you!
I do think I will marry these needles... is that bad?
Let me tell you why:
The Finish: Chiaogoo uses stainless steel that they lightly brush so there is just a bit of grab. This is key, as if they were too smooth they would be super slippery and your lace stitches would go all over the place. If they were too brushed, on the other hand, your stitches would stick to the needles and not slide fast enough. Chiaogoo found the perfect balance for their finishing!
The Cord: Chiaogoo uses a flexible cord that is made of a multi-strand, steel cable that is nylon coated. My stitches slide gracefully over it! (yes, I am feeling poetic about my needles....)
The Packaging: The needles come packed in a small graphically printed case that seems to be perfectly design for them! I've had it open and closed and knocking around in the knitting basket and no tips have come sliding out on their own! This is KEY! There is nothing more annoying than having to replace all of your tips into their proper place every time you open a case! All of the needle pockets are marked with the needle size so it's easy to replace the tip you are done using and find the one you need! There is a zipper pocket on the outside for the stitch markers, key, and cord ends.
The Set: The sets are available in two sizes Small (US2 -US8 [2.75mm- 5mm]), and Large (US9 -US15 [5.5mm- 10mm]. Each set has a different set of cables as the connector on the end has to fit the needle tip. Each set comes with a 14", 22" and 30" cable, there is a connector to join the cables to make a 60" long cord. I didn't receive one of those connectors so I can't tell you about it, but if it's designed anything like the rest of this kit I know it will be excellent!
For YOU: Chiaogoo has generously offered to a SMALL set for a GIVEAWAY! So, do you want to win these awesome needles? Just leave a comment letting me know why you want them (bonus points if you make me laugh) by Wednesday September 26th at midnight EST. Leave a way to get in touch with you. I'll let you know who the winner is the next day!
(If you can't want to wait to see if you win, I know that Grandma's Knit & Crochet has lots of these sets in stock, and even has a coupon code for the month of September (SEPT2012) that will give you 9% off your order!)