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KnitPro Zing needles have arrived – review & comparison

This is kind of my last big hurrah, since my new Wing Chun Kung Fu lessons are expensive (but I’m not complaining, it’s worth it)!  These KnitPro Zings were purchased from knitproneedles.co.uk — thank you guys for shipping to the US, or else it would have been really difficult and really expensive for me to get them!  KnitPro, Knitter’s Pride, and KnitPicks are all made by the same company, I believe, but for some reason have some differences in needle availability depending on where you are and what company officially ships to you.

KnitPro Zing

Zing is a new line, I believe.  I got all 13 sizes (US 0-10, or 2-6mm) in the 30cm (12″) length, although they have other lengths available as well as fixed circular needles and double points (I’d love them all)!  As you can see, they are aluminum needles that are color coded by size.  They are very sturdy, although of course as the gauge goes down the flexibility goes up a little.

I took my crappy bamboo needles that came with my Cath Kidston needle case out and am donating them (I’ve had them for years and never use them), and I’ve put the Zings in the case to give the needles at least a little protection since they didn’t come with a case, and the Cath Kidston needle roll will get some usefulness:

KnitPro Zing

I’ve taken some photos to compare the Zings with other popular brands, so you can see what they’re like and maybe decide if you want to get some yourself!

KnitPro Zing knitting needles

Zing vs. Boye

Boye needles are the most affordable and available aluminum metal option, at least in this area of the US, but let’s take a close look:

KnitPro Zing vs Boye

A US 10 Zing is on the left, a US 10 Boye is on the right.  The Zing is sharper, for sure.

KnitPro Zing vs Boye

You can sorta see that the Boye needle is a bit shinier than the Zing.  This is probably because the Zing needles have a bit more grip to them than Boye, which I like (although of course they’re still smoother than wood or bamboo or acrylic).  Boye needles have the size labeled on the end of the stopper, not on the shaft like the Zings (although it seems to be engraved on the Zings — I tried scratching it with my nail and it didn’t change a bit).  I think the quality difference is noticeable and that it’s worth the extra couple of bucks to get the Zings.

Zing vs. Karbonz

The Knitter’s Pride/KnitPro Karbonz have been so popular, so let’s compare those!

KnitPro Zing vs Karbonz

A US 5 Zing is on the left, a US 5 Karbonz is on the right.  The points seem similar, although it’s worth noting that the size label on the Karbonz DOES scratch off with my fingernail… Oops…  The Karbonz also has that join between the tip and the body, while the Zings don’t have a join at all, it’s just a texture/color change.  Many people say that the Karbonz joins are very smooth, but if you don’t like joins at all, there you go.  As far as the grip on these needles, they seem very, very similar.  In fact, when I closed my eyes and mixed these up I couldn’t tell which was which.  So in my opinion the Zings win, since they have no join, are color coded, and the size is engraved on the shaft, not stamped (also they’re cheaper than the Karbonz)!

Zing vs. KnitPicks Sunstruck

KnitPicks Sunstruck are made the same as their Rainbow and Caspian and Majestic needles, just minus the color, and I think the UK/EU equivalents are KnitPro Symfonie.

KnitPro Zing vs KnitPicks Sunstruck

As you can see, the Zing is sharper, but I do have to say that I’ve used the Sunstruck needles a few times so they may not be as sharp as they once were (although I don’t think the birch wood tips are supposed to get dull easily — they’re certainly a bazillion times better than my ChiaoGoo bamboo straights which I’m not even comparing in this post because mine have splintered at the tips a bit).  Obviously the Sunstruck needles have more grip, since they’re wood.

Unfortunately I don’t have any other brands to compare with — I’ve never owned any HiyaHiya needles or good ChiaoGoo needles or any fancy brands — but hopefully that gives you a bit of an idea as to what the Zing needles are like!

I’ll probably let you know more as I use them, but my first impression is great!

That’s all for today, thanks so much for stopping by!

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Christmas goodies!

Did you get any crochet or knitting goodies for Christmas?

My awesome mother-in-law got me some really cool stitch markers from Miss Babs:

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And my mom got me some Knitter’s Pride Karbonz 6″ DPNs in US sizes 4, 5, & 6:

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I’m really excited to try everything with the yarn that I bought online in these post-Christmas sales!  Have you ever tried the Karbonz needles?  I’ve heard such good things about them — they seem to be some of the best available by what I’ve heard!

KnitPicks short interchangeable needle set review

Hello everyone, and happy Halloween!  I’m back from the wedding and honeymoon (pictures to come soon, when I get the professional ones; also thank you for your kind words & congratulations!), and I’m ready for more crafting!

If you’re anything like me you might have often bemoaned the fact that there’s no interchangeable needle set for 16″ needles (at least not from KnitPicks), so if you want to make a hat you have to buy each size in fixed circulars.  UNTIL NOW.  I had only a few KnitPicks fixed circulars in the 16″ size so the Options Short Interchangeable Caspian Needle Set still saved me some money and added some convenience.

The set comes with needle sizes US4-10:

knitpicks short needle set

Right now they’re only available in the Caspian needles, the ones colored with blues & greens, but I figured that would just make it more obvious which needles of mine are the interchangeables and which are fixed (all my fixed are the Sunstruck needles).  On the other side of the included pouch are the cables, cable ends, and keys:

knitpicks short needle set

Like in my original KnitPicks interchangeable needle review years ago, I have to share the pros of KnitPicks needles, just in case you don’t already know!  They are much stronger than cheap bamboo needles (and not really more expensive) and thus will not splinter at the tips.  The tips are also sharper than any other brand of needles I’ve tried, so it’s easier to get into tight or complicated stitches.  The cable joins are smooth, and the cables don’t kink and are very flexible.  My original set of the Sunstruck interchangeable is just as good as new years later, so I’m sure these will be a great investment also.  For $44.99 this is definitely worth nabbing, and hopefully soon they will release additional needles in smaller and larger sizes so that I can add to the set.

Now, to get knitting on some hats for Christmas gifts (yep, it’s definitely that time)!  Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried KnitPicks needles before or if you’ve ordered this set — I’d love to know what you think!

Thanks so much for stopping by, see you soon!

fun containers (yes, containers)!

How do you store your crochet and knitting stuff?  I like the practical but I also really love the unusual, especially combined with sentimental, and that perfectly describes what I keep [some of] my hooks in next to my armchair:

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It’s an old plant frog, I think they’re called, and it’s made by Camark (a now closed pottery company in Camden, Arkansas, where a family member of mine used to work).  It’s special to me and I’m so happy that I can use it for something I love!  The mug to the left was my grandmother’s, so there’s lots to love in this picture for me (that’s why I made it the new header image for this site a few weeks ago!).

I do use a more practical zippered pencil pouch and a zippered knitting needle pouch for projects on the go, as well as a little tin with my needles and some stitch markers, but this is so much cuter at home and really adds some personality to my storage, hehe.

What do you use to store your stuff?  Do you have any neat containers of your own?

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

picky knitting

Firstly, I have a problem:

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What’s up with those holes? That’s my Paulie cardi, which is coming along nicely — I finished the body and have cast on the arms, and what you’re seeing in the picture is the armpit part. How do I fix that? That’s been my first problem so far.

Problem two is actually that I hate using circular needles for the arm part. I thought it would be fine but I think it would really be a lot faster and less troublesome if I switched to DPNs. Problem three: I don’t have DPNs in the required size. Argh! I’ll have to wait a couple of weeks before I can get them, so that just puts off finishing my sweater even farther into winter. Boo.

Well, instead, I’ll work on my garter stitch blanket. That’ll be a nice change of pace from tiny sock-weight yarn.

Aaaaand I know I haven’t had much crochet stuff going on lately, but I am pleased to announce that I’ve got some supplies coming in the mail for a new crochet project! I plan on making quite a few of these items in different colors, etc., and I can’t wait to share with you! And there was a surprise with the pattern I’ll be using: it calls for a hook size that I DON’T HAVE. I couldn’t believe it — after 9-ish years of crochet, there’s a hook size I haven’t acquired. Well, that has been rectified, but unfortunately the only kind I could get was Boye, and I much prefer Susan Bates. The hook size is between a US B and a US C. I have a hook that was .05mm too big, but I want to be exact so I don’t run out of yarn.

Well, there’s been lots of complaining in this post, so I’ll just wait to post anything else until I’m in a better mood. All the lovely rain is cheering me up, but it’s still so hot outside. I’m such a negative Nancy sometimes.

I hope ya’ll are having a good week. And of course, as always, thanks for stopping by! We’ll have updates very soon, I hope!

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