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Hiya Hiya recently sent me an interchangeable sock needle set. I was a featured designer for a KAL that they hosted on Ravelry in October and Novermber of 2018, and as a thank you they gifted me this lovely interchangeable needle set. Hiya Hiya did NOT ask me to review them, and I haven’t even notified them of my intention to write a review. These are my own opinions and the links in this post are NOT affiliate links (I don’t benefit when you click them).
I was pretty excited to get these because they’ve been on my wishlist for a while. I really like Hiya Hiya needles (I have some of their fixed circulars) but I almost always use the same size needle (2.25mm) when I knit socks, so it seemed wasteful to purchase an interchangeable sock set with multiple sizes. Also I already have a healthy inventory of sock needles so I didn’t need another set.
This is the set that I received except the set that I have has a red case, not blue.
What’s in the case?
When I opened the set, this is what I found inside:
5 inch /12.7 centimetre steel tips in sizes 2mm (US 0), 2.25mm (US 1), 2.5mm (US 1.5)
4 inch/10 centimetre steel tips in sizes 2.75mm (US 2), 3mm (US 2.5)
two 24 inch/60 centimetre cables
1 cable in each of the following sizes: 32 inch/81.2 centimetres and 40 inches/101.6 centimetres
1 set of tip adaptors (to use with larger Hiya Hiya tips if you have them and connecting cables to each other to create a 60 inch/152.4 centimetre cable)
1 interchangeable tool (to tighten the tip)
1 set needle grips (to grip the needles while you tighten them)
the case itself
cute stitch markers shaped like balls of yarn
The tips are sharp. They aren’t quite as sharp as my sharpest Addis, but they’re sharp enough that you could poke a hole in your finger if you’re not careful. These are great for working cables without a needle and for lace knitting. The tips are steel, and even when I hold them as tightly as I can they don’t feel like they’ll bend or give. I’ve knit 2 socks with the 2.25mm tips and they’re still perfectly straight and the writing on the needles (the needle size) hasn’t faded or worn off. As an added nice touch Hiya Hiya engraved my name on the tips!
I love these cables. They’re so thin and flexible, and they’re a lovely reddish-pink colour that contrasts nicely against most yarns. I think these cables are finer and more flexible than the cables on my Hiya Hiya fixed circulars, so maybe the cables have changed a bit since I last bought Hiya Hiyas.
The Interchangeable Tool & Needle Grips
I haven’t had a chance to try the tip adaptors, so I don’t have an opinion on those yet, but I have used the interchangeable tool to tighten the tips and that’s the only part of this set that I’ve had any difficulty with. One of the tips I’m using manages to come loose every dozen or so rounds no matter how much I tighten it. I even asked the husbeast to tighten it for me (his big man-hands are much stronger than mine) and it still manages to come loose. Having a loose tip is kind of a big deal when working with interchangeables, but I’ve discovered that these small, metal, removable stitch markers fit into the hole of the needle tip perfectly so I can tighten them when I don’t have the tool with me.
The case is pretty to look at and sturdy. It has zippered pockets to keep your notions safe and has more needle slots than needle tips, so if you add different sizes to your collection you have somewhere to store them. It folds up so it doesn’t take up a lot of space and fits easily in my knitting bag.
If you have this Hiya Hiya set, I’d love to know what you think about it! Let me know in the comments.