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Review: Addi Click vs KnitPro Sympfonie Interchangeables


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I don't normally do review type posts on here, but with 2 sets of interchangeable knitting needles in the house at the moment (one a gift, one purchased by me) it seemed silly not to compare the two (Plus, I can't think of anything else to write about). Yeah, I know. More Knitting.  I actually crochet all the time, but you know...Crochet = work and I am tired of talking about work. Knitting + wine = recreation.  So, more posts about knitting for you.

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I digress. Again.  And in case I continue to go off in tangents throughout this post and I bore you to death by the end, here is a summary: The main differences between the two sets (other than the price) is that the Addis are shorter, nickel-plated needles with a click-in system for attaching the needles to the cables. The Symfonie are wooden, longer and have a screw-in system for attaching the cables. Both sets come with 8 pairs of needles in the same sizes (3.5mm to 8mm). The Addi has an additional cable and can go down to 40cm diameter, whereas the shortest length with the KnitPro needles is 60cm. They are both great.  You will not be disappointed with either set.

 

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Addi Lace Click Circulars

Pointy, nickel plated interchangeables, with the signature red Addi cables. Needle sizes 3.5mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm, 7mm, 8mm and cable sizes 40, 50, 60, 80 & 100cm (cord length includes the needle tips) plus 1 connector.

Retail Price: £75

These babies really are the Rolls Royce of knitting needles.  Slick and shiny with a very posh case, its hard not to fall in love at first sight with these.  They are so well thought through, from the click-in system to their size.  They are practically perfect. Practically...

Pros:

- Love the click and go system.  No screwing in, just a little spring-loaded mechanism to snap in place and then knit.  So, no coming unscrewed  in the middle of knitting!

- The short needles - much better for making items with a smaller circumference.  

- The case is a really lovely and contains everything neatly with lots of pockets for holding other things you might need.

 

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Cons:

- The join.  Oh how I want to love these needles, but the slight bump in the join is soooo annoying.  Looking online, some people have complained about this, others have not. I think I may be particularly sensitive to it as I am, in life and in knitting, generally easily annoyed.

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- The nickel is slippery.  For the Stripe Study Shawl, my Addis gave me a gauge of 17 stitches per 4 inches (the KnitPros were 20 stitches per 4 inches) at 3.5mm.  Now, this may be a pro for someone with a tighter gauge, but I am so loose anyway (no innuendo intended) that I really need more grip on the needles

- The cables.  Ok, so this isn't a con as such, but there is no contest between the KnitPro cables and the Addi ones.   The Addis were much more stiff and had to be dipped in boiling water to release their coil but they are still much better than the rest of my circular.

- The Price. Having tried both the Addis and the KnitPros, I would not say that the Addis are worth twice the price.

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KnitPro Symfonie Deluxe Set:

Wooden interchangeables, with the signature purple KnitPro cables.  Comes with needle sizes 3.5mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm, 7mm, 8mm and cable sizes 60cm, 80cm, 100cm and 120cm (with the needles attached).

Retail Price: £45

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Pro:

- The cables are sooo nice.  No memory, very flexible.  A joy to work with.

- The join is very smooth.  With the 100% of Cascade Eco, I don't feel the join at all. However, the harder 4ply cotton is showing up a few more bumps in the joins--still much smoother than the Addis

- The wood is lovely, sticky enough to hold onto tricky stitches, smooth enough for easy knitting.

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Cons:

- The cable connectors have to be purchased separately, so you can't make very long cables from the get go.  I wish I had known this from the start as I now need to wait until I have another purchase to make so I am not charged shipping.

- The case is *just* vinyl.  There is no problem with it as such, but I can see myself just chucking everything into the bag and creating a big mess. I wouldn't even mention this if I didn't have the Addi case to compare them with.

- For me, the biggest con is the needle length and their inablity to handle smaller circumferences.

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So there you go, my contribution to the ending the world's problem of "Which Set of Interchangeable Knitting Needles Should I Buy?".  For me, I am going to keep the KnitPros.  Its the gauge issue that swung it for me.  I often have to work a full 2 sizes down to get the gauge required without any other factors cooming into play that make me knit even more loosely.

Oh and yes, actually, now that you mention it, the pictures were an attempt to make a review of knitting needles seem interesting, as well as sucessfully postponing cleaning my house. I suceeded on one front at least.

 

My Favourite Knit (and this time I mean it)

Its a well documented fact that everything I finish is my "favourite thing I've ever made".  Every hat, every set of wings, everything.  I start a new project with certainty that it can never be as nice as the last thing I made. And this is no exception.  After a frustrating start I was a bit dubious about this pattern, but it was with gut-wrenching jealousy that I handed it over to its recipient yesterday. 

 

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It is squishy and soft and warm and just delicious. The reversible stitch pattern is both very cool and understated.

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Its one of those projects where the elements come together just perfectly--the combination of beautiful yarn from Babylonglegsand the pattern work together to form a fantastic finished item.

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I think I will make one for myself out of a cotton or linen for summer.

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But it will never compare to this one (until its finished). 

 

 

 

The Day That Rocked My (Knitting) World

I feel like this post should have background music...something like this (which I found on You tube by searching for "dun dun dun"... I kid you not)

 

Ok, so this is possibly the geekiest post I have ever written.  Yes, even geekier than this one about yarn.  Or this one about crochet hooks.  Possibly even this one where I wrote about my knitting obesession...

I have come through some dark knitting days.  In fact, 2 seperate projects have been thrown across the room in the last 48 hours. I was going to give up in frustration, mumbling about never doing anything other than crochet again.  

But then enlightenment arrived through the often disregarded social media.   It started with moaning on Twitter about twisted cast ons and having to rip out three 204 stitch rounds.  Deb from Not Sheep pointed me in the direction of the TECHknitter blog (an amazing resource for knitters) and after searching for a moment I found the top tip that changed my life forever:

 

Dip your (cheap) circular knitting needles in boiling water to straighten and de-kink your cables.

 

My local store only sells the cheap kind and my needles always look like this:

 

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Its not a huge issue, but it does make knitting large circular garments a real PITA, because the cast on edge is ALWAYS twisting around the needles.  However, after dunking a couple of pairs into the boiling kettle and a pot I was boiling for pasta for dinner boiling water, I now have this:

 

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Beautiful.  Its like knitting serenity and a joy to knit with...

But it gets better.

 

I am a continental knitter (meaning I knit with the yarn in my left hand).  I have LONG been a fan of Norweigan purl, which is great for sections where you have alternating knit and purl stitches.  For longer periods of purling though, I hold the yarn in the front and generally bring the yarn down quite sharply with my forefinger. This motion is quite finiky and annoying and my tension on purl rows is pretty uneven.  

With the prospect of an entire carigan of twisted stockinette looming, I thought I would make a last-ditch effort to find an alternative. Seraching through Ravelry, I found a link to the Russian purl.

 

While it does leave twisted stitches, its not really a problem in working stockinette - just knit through the back loop, or if your are working in twisted stockinette, knit through the front as normal.

I feel like a whole new world of knitting has opened up...a new day has dawned and I am 2 hats away from a week of knitting! *skips out the door to this song*

Who's Counting?

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1 cup of coffee

4 cheese scones

3 sleeps until Grammy arrives from America

4 hats to finish before then

1 year and 3 days since we moved into the house

9 days until Theo turns 1

4 ladybugs spotted in the garden today

1064 stitches knit since last night

3 sinkfulls of dishes washed today

2 loads of laundry hung on the line

2 punnets of strawberries consumed since 8am

6 hours until bedtime...then it will only be 2 sleeps.

 

Blue Sky Knitting

Oh how I love making Milo.  I love its shape. I love its possibilities.  I love how I can just make it, without having to think too hard about what I am going to do with it.

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This Milo was knit up mostly in the car over the weekend.  I suffer terribly from motion sickness, so reading or complicated crochet or knit projects are a no-no.  Milo is perfect-- after the set up, its just knitting in the round.

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It was originally intended for Theo, but I didn't have enough yarn in the right colours.  So, it was for Georgia...until it was finished...and it fits Ellis.  No, before you ask.  I did not gauge.  

 

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The colourwork clouds did not turn out as fluffy as I would have liked, but that has to do with the difference in weight between the (amazingly gorgeous) Araucania Toconoa and the thinner Cascade 220.  Hey ho.  You win some and you lose some.  Its still pretty cute, in my opinion. And it will fit someone eventually.

Full Ravelry notes here.