I'd like to start a discussion on interchangeable needle sets.
The question posed earlier has prompted me to start this thread.
I am a little out of it, not knowing about these Addi interchangeable products.
I did a little research but am not sure, so please jump in and give us the benefit of your knowledge and opinions.
I have been using Boye Needlemaster for years (I have 2 sets). I find them OK as I do like the metal and the shape of the points. I do not like that they loosen and one has to be ever mindful of getting one's yarn caught in the joins.
(I have an older set that needs attachments for the larger sizes to connect to the cables and a newer set that does not.)
Please correct me if I am wrong but it seems the Addi sets come in sizes 4-11 and I think my Boyes come in 2-15? Even in my Boyes I bemoan the fact that I don't have size 1 and O. Also, I think the Addis are metric sized so that they don't necessarily have exact US equivalents (probably doesn't matter though). I don't care much about the larger sizes--hardly ever use them. Don't you guys not like that the Addis don't have the smaller sizes? And those sets seem very expensive. (Not that we're not worth it). How are the joins from cable to needle and how are the joins when you create a longer needle?
What I like most about using interchangeable sets is that I knit in the round whenever I can. I always place a smaller needle for the left hand needle and the "gauge" needle on the right. Does anyone else do this? There is no reason to have the correct size needle on the left as all it does is "offer" the stitches to the right needle. As long as it is smaller than the right needle the stitches slide smoothly and are not stretched. It also makes it easier to do twist stitches and other finnicky operations.
I even do this sometimes when knitting flat, changing the needle points on every row. (Only sometimes.)
Another limitation of the Boye Needlemaster is that the needle points are too long for the shorter cables so that one still needs a set of 16" needles.
This is a funny discussion for me, in a way, as I have duplicates upon duplicates upon duplicates of needles in every form and size.
I had a Denise set once but gave it away almost immediately upon receipt. Just didn't like the cheesiness of it.
Don't get me started on my DP collection.
That's for another post.