Harmony needles

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I just got a KnitPicks Harmony 40" circular needle in 3mm [the larger US2] last night. I've heard lots of good things about them, so I transfered my current sport weight sock off the doublepoints to try it out. I was impressed at once and am becoming more so as I knit away. So much so, I am considering another one in the 2.25mm [the smaller US1] that I use for finer sock yarns. While they won't take the place of my beloved sets of dpns, they will be nice for travel and bigger projects. I'm having to get used to the slightly more tapered points but they will be great for lacework. I do wish that the needle segment spun freely on the cable connection [like the KA needles] but that is minor. I also had a bit of a snag in where the wood joins the metal sections but a quick smoothing with 2 grades of sandpaper [and a lick of polishing cream] took care of that.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

The smoothing took all of 15

The smoothing took all of 15 minutes. They will work out really well, I think. Now, to spend more time knitting and less reading. OOOOOOhhhhh...that makes me shudder with horror at the thought of not reading. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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I did get the 2.25mm needles

I did get the 2.25mm needles today. They need a bit of smoothing at the join - perhaps - but I won't know until I transfer the current sock yarn sock to them. I am just grateful that the LYS ordered one in that size, after all. Otherwise, I would've had to order one. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Britannic's picture

I have the Addi Turbo and

I have the Addi Turbo and Addi Turbo Lace interchangeable needles. I love them.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I have a few Addi Turbos and

I have a few Addi Turbos and enjoy them but the size 2 cable seemed a bit stiff when I tried Magic Loop. That hasn't been the case with the Harmony. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Nehkhasi's picture

Congratulations on your new

Congratulations on your new needles! I'm so happy that you're happy. I'm so interested in the sanding of the needles. I have the Boye's with attachable cords. I think that the pull on the cording during knitting is causing a flare of the needle where the needle and cord meet. Could you share the process. It'd be nice to have a smoother action while knitting. Happy Knitting! Nehkhasi

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Is your Boye kit the one

Is your Boye kit the one with the tubing for cables? Mine has that problem and what I've had to do is take a very sharp blade [a razor blade works well] and cut off the 1/4 inch needed to get back to smooth tubing. As for the sandpaper, I just used a medium grit and a super fine grit [1000?] and just rubbed them over the rough edge, having put scotch tape on the metal part, feeling for smoothness after a few passes. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Nehkhasi's picture

The end of the needles flair

The end of the needles flair a bit. A razor will cut through the metal? I think I'll try it. Thanks Joe! Nehkhasi

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

If the ends of the needles

If the ends of the needles themselves flare, I'm uncertain how to address that one. If they are the plastic needles [like my kit does] the sharp blade may trim them down, or sanding could do the trick. Perhaps you may want to post a photo and question on it to see if any of the other lads have some ideas. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

purlyman's picture

Hi Joe!! Bring them to the

Hi Joe!! Bring them to the retreat! I want to see them. I've only ever used Addi and Denise needles. I may actually have some others but I've never seen or used the Harmony needles. Glad you like them!!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Since I usually have socks

Since I usually have socks on the needles to travel, I most likely will have them. But I'll put a note to myself on the calendar so I don't forget. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Bill's picture

Joe ...the HiyaHiya

Joe ...the HiyaHiya stainless steel red cable lace needles DO spin on the cable.
...Ive switched to using HiyaHiya and ChiaoGoo needles...stainless steel from China...LOVE them! ...both double points and circular...
...and both brands have ravelry groups.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, Bill. I know a bit

Thanks, Bill. I know a bit about the HiyaHiya but never heard of the ChiaoGoo. The spinning cable is a nice feature and I wish it could be on all circulars. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Ooops...accidentally hit the

Ooops...accidentally hit the "submit" button twice. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.