My apologies for being so tardy in getting the posts up about the interchangeable needles and the contest results. There are three reasons for this – I was trying to allow as many people as possible to get involved in the draw for the needles, I was hoping someone else might donate a set of needles to be tested and also help out the cause, and I was a little sidetracked, seeing as how the Vancouver Canucks are going to win the Stanley Cup for the first time ever! Well, seeing as how they’re taking the night off (4-0 Boston after 2 periods) and I ave done the draw, I guess I better get the info out to you. Before I give the results of the draw however, I need to do the review of the Denise ICNs! They were the first company to donate a set of needles and they were also the first company (to the best of my knowledge) to come out with a set of ICN.
The first thing you notice about the Denise ICNs is their presentation – as in the case. I love it. It’s a rigid blue case that looks and works like the old VHS tape cases – remember those? I like the durability of it knowing I can drop it in my backpack (for you ladies it fits easily into a good sized purse – and I’m sure you ALL have one or two of those ) and not have to worry about any kind of damage. The next good thing is when you open the case. Everything is right there – needles from 3.5mm to 10mm (sized in US and Metric), 6 cables (yup, 6), 2 extenders, 4 end caps, a crochet hook!!!, and instructions. So let’s look at what we have here. It seems that when Denise made this first set many years ago they thought about it long and hard. I mean, even a crochet hook that fits the cables! That’s something the other manufacturers are just starting to do now … and none of them do it with the knitting needles. You have to buy the crochet hook/s separately.
As for the needles themselves, and their function, well, I myself couldn’t find anything wrong with them. Denise uses a twist lock system to fasten the cables to the needles, and they seem to stay put. I have no way of telling what the life of these would be, but the plastic seemed to be of good quality and I have not heard anything from anyone (or online) about unusually defective workmanship. I am certain if that was the case the company would replace the defective needles. The only thing that I had any sort of issue with was the cables themselves. They are a little thicker than I am used to (not a bad thing), but as a result not as pliable as the thinner nylon cables that you usually see. This however, did not hamper the function of the needles and the joins were almost seamless. Now it’s no secret I have a set of nickel plated circulars that I like because of the speed, and that plastic is noticeably slower, however, I think this set of needles is great for those that don’t like ultra slick needles. Remember, we’re only talking a few stitches per minute difference here.
I almost forgot to mention an extremely important factor that may tip the scales if you’re on the edge trying to decide which way to go – price point. Coming in at under $50 ($49.95), these are the most economical ICNs you can buy, and you’re not sacrificing quality for economy either. You can also get replacement or extra needles, cords, the crochet hook set, and separate crochet hooks as well. Denise has a website that you can order from, and there’s more information about everything they sell there as well. You should go and check it out to see their other products, including their organizers. Click the picture below to go there.
Hope you like them!