November 13, 2017 2 min read

I always try to encourage newer knitters to invest in a set of interchangeable needles.  It's a difficult sell because they are a big investment up front, but given the fact that they save you 300% over the course of your knitting, they're a very smart buy.  I love my interchangeable needles.  As far as I'm concerned, they're the greatest invention since the circular needle itself, and every knitter should have a set.  Just having them puts your mind at ease when you start a project.  Do you have the right needles?  Yes.  Need to go up or down a size?  You're covered.  Need varying lengths for one project?  You got it, and it's all wrapped up in an convenient little case.  I have the original Addi Click Set, which I love with a white hot passion - I love the tips, I love the mechanism, and I love the elegant envelope case they come in.  Mary loves the Addi Rockets with their pointy tips and hot pink case.  Jenny is a ChiaoGoo devotee - she loves the red cord and the pointy tips.  In fact, she loves the ChiaGoo mini set so much, she has two so she can do her socks on two circulars!

My point is that there are dozens of interchangeable sets out there -- we carry at least 9 different sets at the shop.  There are lots of factors to consider -- the tips, the material, the mechanism, the cables, the join, and more.  The only way to really know what you like is to try them out.  Which is exactly why we're having a needle expo this Sunday, November 19th.  Stop by the shop -  we'll have all the sets out and available for you to see and touch and use.  Bring some yarn and knit with each set. Treat yourself to be a fun, relaxing afternoon deciding which is your favorite.  You can buy them that day, or like many knitters, you can put them on your wish list and let Santa get them for you.  Either way, a nice set of interchangeables is a good investment you'll always be glad you made.

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