Yes, many of you think of us as your dealers. And in that spirit, we’d like to let you know that we’ve become ACTUAL dealers for Dyak Craft needles. I’ve been using Tom and Linda’s circular needles for about 6 months and LOVE them. I am now completely spoiled and can’t knit with anything else without feeling like it’s an inferior experience.
Our much anticipated first order arrived on Monday, so go see what we have in stock!
Along with the circulars was a set of the Dyaks’ new interchangeable needles, wrapped up in this handmade roll-up case.
Open it up, and there are little pockets for all the needle tips, cords and the stops.
All the pockets are labelled. There are only 2 things I’d change about this case: I’d add a little snap or flap to hold the stops in their pocket, and I’d add metric sizes to the needle tip pockets. (I actually did this myself with a thin Sharpie). The fabrics used are great: durable canvas twill for the lining and pockets, subtley patterned cotton for the outside and gross grain ribbon to tie it all together.
But what you really want to know about is the needles, right? Because you’ve been looking for the PERFECT interchangeble set, and you’re wondering if this one is it? Well, here are my thoughts after a week with these needles…
The Needle Tips
The needle tips are longer than most interchangeables. This means more needle in your hand. I have very small hands and didn’t think this would make a big difference. It does. I actually feel like I have more control over my knitting. My hands feel more relaxed, because the needles feel really great in my hands. They’re lighter in weight than other interchangeables I’ve tried. All of this means less hand fatigue.
The tips of the needles themselves are pointy, but not SUPER pointy. They do, however, have an amazingly smooth taper, which makes them ACT super pointy. I’ve compared the tips to the tips of my other wood interchangeables and tried the two side by side. The Dyak needles slide into my stitches more easily and readily.
These are the screws…
…that screw into the end caps
The screws are a little difficult to screw in at first, especially towards the end. No little tool is necessary with this set, but Tom suggests keeping a little piece of rubber sheet (like the kind you use to open jars) on hand to help you screw the tips to the caps. The screws are tight and snug. I’ve knit for about 9 hours with one set and there is no sign of the cap becoming unscrewed. It also helps that the cords are not glued in place to the caps. They swivel, which creates less tension between the needle tip and the cord. Less tension on your hands, and less tension on the screws.
The caps rest fairly snuggly against the needle tips. There is a tiny gap, but not enough to interfere with your yarn.
The yarn travels easily from the cord, across the cap, to the needle and off.
I don’t like really stiff cords. I don’t like cords that curl up and never seem to relax. In fact, I like my cords on the soft side. I was afraid I wouldn’t like these cords because they are a little stiff and they were really curled up when they arrived. While they’re still not my absolute favourite, running them under hot water relaxed them nicely. They support the knitting nicely, and I absolutely love that they’re allowed to swivel and pivot in the cap.
Overall, I really like them and think they’re a worthwhile investment. Good tools allow you to stop thinking about the tool itself and to focus on the making. I especially love the fact that these are artisan made and will be very proud to carry them in our shop.