When the Lykke Driftwood Circular Interchangeable Needles were first launched last winter, the knitting community pounced to get their hands on them. I was in the process of researching interchangeable options and found these courtesy of the Fringe Association. Keep reading for my honest review of these needles!
Over the course of my knit lifetime I have preferred different needle styles. As a beginning, I could not get enough of Clover's straight bamboo needles. They were great at keeping my stitches on the needle, light enough to travel with, and were nice & quiet when using them.
As I honed my craft, I transitioned to Clover's circular bamboo needles. I still liked the feeling of the bamboo in my hand and the circular cord just made my knitting that much more portable and I could knit more complex projects - lace shawls, sweaters in the round, hats, etc.
More recently I've begun to rely on my Addi Turbo Circular needles (not the lace rockets!). I refuse to use a straight needle anymore when possible and I love the perfect blend of sharp and blunt for the needle tip. And the metal just helps me to knit so.much.faster. Plus now that I'm a better knitter than I was 10 years ago, the metal tips are quiet.
I started to get tired of being Addi's for every project so I thought I would suck it up and by their interchangeable set. But with the launch of the Lykke needles, the beginner knitter in me was intrigued. The driftwood tips promised to remain sharp (bamboo needle tips were notorious for becoming super blunt and needing to be replaced) and the cord joins were touted as incredible.
So I bought a few of their fixed circular needles to get a feel for the driftwood needle tip and the cord, one each in size 4, 5, and 6 US. I started using the 4's on a recent shawl project. I can certainly understand the appeal of the needles for knitters. The wood is a beautiful marled grey, the tips feel strong & smooth, and that cord is legit. There is no doubt that these are beautifully designed needles.
But they are just not for me. I've been using them only on this shawl for the last few weeks and I'm noticing that the tips are not as sharp as they once felt, though they do seem to be standing up stronger than the bamboo needles I'm used to. The cord is sturdy, I love the black color as it helps make my stitches a lot more noticeable, but I find it just a bit to stiff to make it easy to use.
One thing I do absolutely love and wish all other needle manufacturers make note of - the engraved needle sizes! I don't know why companies insist on printing the size on the base of the needle or on the cord when they just rub off anyway. Having the size engraved means you will always be able to see it. GENIUS.
Ugh...they are just so pretty though!