Friday, May 29, 2009

Oh, Hiya Hiya there!

While in search of the elusive 9" Hiya Hiya circular needle, I made a trip to the Yarn Boutique. Not only did I find my needles (and then some), but I got the friendliest service around! The yarn pushers over there quickly summed me up as a sucker for sock yarn and gadgets, and I was helpless against their influence.

While at the Yarn Boutique, I got to play with some interchangeable needle sets. I've been on the lookout for an interchangeable metal needle set because I hate running to my LYS mid-project because my circular needles are too long/small/full with another WIP. I thought that Knit Picks Options would be The One, but then I heard mumblings about my beloved Addi Turbo coming out with Addi Clicks. However, those needles wouldn't have the pointy tips of the Addi Lace and I had read that they did not come with a 16" cable or extra cables, so I was stalled because purchasing the Addi Clicks is a big investment. Also, I only rarely use needles bigger than a size 8 US, so purchasing the Addi Clicks also meant paying for needles I would probably only use once or twice. But then, Hiya Hiya came to town and stole my heart, and they were just the right price. Lucky for me, Yarn Boutique just got their shipment in that day, so I got a chance to play with them and buy a set before they flew off the shelf!

Can you blame me? Look how pretty this case is! It looks like a clutch I can grab for a night out on the town.

I was already a fan because the Hiya Hiya's stainless steel needles since they are one of the few companies to make 9" circular needles, so the fact that these interchageables came with sizes 2-8 US, had 16", 24", 32", and 40" cables (and are planning on selling replacement cables individually), and getting to play with these awesome needles made them leap into my basket. I just had to take them home.

The joins are smooth both at the point where the needles screw into the base and at the point where the cables meet the needles.

I'm using the size 7 US right now, and I'm loving it!


  1. Those look really nice. Stainless steel, not nickel plate? Hmmmm.

  2. Wow! This is great news. Keep us posted on any other opinions. I have been on the brink of buying a Knit Picks set. I'm liking your version better.

  3. I'm curious, after some use are they still holding up alright? Are they solid stainless steel (I guess that might make them rather heavy...) and is there any danger in bending the joins? Of course I'm not really 'torquing' as I knit, but there is some pressure there... Just curious! I am interested in picking up the same set ;) Thanks

  4. Yes, the needles are still holding up well. When I first got them, the needles had a tendency to slightly unscrew from the cords after knitting for 10 rounds or so, but this pretty much stopped after I wiped down the threads on the needles well.

  5. Also, they are hollow, and therefore very light! I haven't noticed anything unusual when I bend at the joins, either.

  6. Thank you for the info!! :)



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