I pre-ordered the new Addi Lace Click set back in April of this year from The Loopy Ewe (one of my all-time favorite stores!) only to find out that they had been delayed in production. This really annoyed me because I desperately needed an interchangeable needle set that 1. had sharp tips (very important!), 2. had a good join, 3. was smooth to knit with (I like my stitches to literally fly off the needle!) and 4. had good connections (ie no cords falling off the needle as I was knitting with it!). It’s funny but nothing out there has really matched this description for me!
I have had three different interchangeable sets in my knit-lifetime: Denise, KnitPicks Harmony and HiyaHiya. The Denise set I have long since outgrown – knitting with plastic just does not do it for me anymore and being a fan of magic loop, the thick cords were just not cutting it. So I bought the KnitPicks. They would have been wonderful were it not for the fact that 80% of my needles (I kid you not) have broken by coming unglued from their bases. And this while knitting with them! Complete mess and such a pain to deal with! Yes, KnitPicks has excellent customer service and they do replace the needles for you but really if they just sold needles that didn’t break in the first place, wouldn’t that be more productive? Not to mention less frustrating for me, the consumer? So my search for the perfect interchangeable set was still far from over… so I bought the HiyaHiya interchangeables. And they are wonderful (I still use them!) but for one thing: the tips are sadly very dull. This makes it a little hard to work lace (which I do very often) and in general I just like an extra pointy tip! Enter the Addi Lace Clicks! OMG this is *just* what I have been waiting for and now that I actually have my grubby hands on them, I couldn’t be happier!
They knit so smoothly (I LOVE the fact that the brass finish – which always smells bad to me – is now a nickel plated one!) and the tips are just as pointy and deadly as I wanted! Don’t believe me? Check it out:
That’s the Addi Lace sitting right next to my all-time favorite point, the Stiletto from Signature Needle Arts. Notice that the point is the exact same… no different at all from the sharp Signature needle!
As for the join, it’s very nicely made. I wouldn’t say it’s the most perfect join ever (is there such a thing with interchangeable needles?) but it doesn’t snag too much and the stitches go over it nicely for the most part. If, however, you are a tight knitter, I’m not sure how well the join would work for you – it might be a little difficult going over it!
And these babies have NO WAY of coming out of their join. I’ve tugged on them endlessly and have been knitting with them a ton over the last couple of weeks (Christmas gifts are kicking my ass yet again!) and they’ve held up wonderfully to my abuse. I am so so happy with these needles and so so glad I pre-ordered them when I did… even if I had to wait half a year for them to arrive. 😉 Totally recommend them for anyone looking to buy a great interchangeable set!