I love my KnitPicks Harmony Wood needle tips. Love. They are awesome. However, they are not for every project, so I also have a set or two of nickel plated KnitPicks (KP) tips. When KP introduced the Zephyr Acrylic tips, I thought, “why not try them?” and bought a set in a needle size I didn’t have and was planning to use.
They took some adjustment. They were lightweight, which was nice but different, and flexible, which was nice but different. They were a little squeaky. I was told they didn’t work with all yarns, though they seemed to be fine with the yarn I was using them for.
In short, I was getting used to them. And then:
(this is the most color-accurate photo of the batch)
One of the tips broke as I was in the middle of a row.
I knit off the broken end, then pulled out my needle collection and found a solitary straight needle in the same size. That should work, right? So I knit across that full row.
And the straight needle got really full. And really heavy. And was not fun.
Can you see the stitch definition on that needle? No? Neither could I.
That left me with only one solution, other than throwing the whole thing across the room (too much time invested to do this) or buying new needles (they wouldn’t get here fast enough, and I shouldn’t be spending the money anyway):
Switch back to my reliable Harmony Wood.
(Granted, this is a different needle size, but it’s only one size (.25mm) difference. And the only one who will likely notice is me, and I don’t care.)