After going through several set, including KA Switch, Dreamz comes as good as it gets for the price and quality.
I like the colors and the compact see-through case. The needle size is painted on the each needle. This is great as sizing that are engraved into the needle tends to get my yarn caught if not polished well.
I also love how the cable uncoil and rest easy when knitting, and doesn't twist in an annoying manner, like Addi. Cable also goes with KnitPick's tips.
The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is that the tips aren't pointy enough for lace and working cables without cable needles (which I always do - don't have a cable needle).
Also, I wish the birch wood portion of the needle is longer (it's only 3.25").
The plastic case that comes with is great but it has a VERY heavy "plastic smell". A few days of airing got rid of the smell.
Lastly, when first attaching the new tips to the cable, some are VERY tight to screw in. Once it has been "broken in", it does screw on more smoothly.
Having said all that, this set it not the PERFECT set for me due to the not-so-pointy tips, but for everything else, it's worth the investment. Would recommend it if you're not a lace or cable knitter.
Unlike bamboo, KP's Dreamz birch wood is tougher. It's also very smooth! Yarn will glide along smoothly and yet just enough cling so stitches won't fall off the needle easily. The lovely color for each size which helps when trying to ID size is wonderful. I also love that the needle size is painted on the dpn. My ex-dpn size was engraved into the wood. This caused my yarn to get caught on the engraved section. The smooth finish on Dreamz is just fantastic! LOVE IT so much that I also bought Dreamz DPN Sock Set.
I am so glad I bought this set. I wish that I had discover it sooner! My previous economical bamboo set bought from amazon and ebay has put me through much misery wrapping, breaking, splintered edge, engraved size on needle. Unlike bamboo, KP's Dreamz birch wood is tougher. I've made 6 pair of socks since I purchased Dreamz. Unlike my previous bamboo dpn, which warped after knitting up one side of sock, Dreamz smallest size 2.0mm still held up! I am a tight knitter, and this has caused much breaking of needle on my part. I am SO glad I've found a set that can withstand my tight tension. Aside from the lovely color for each size which helps when trying to ID size, I love that the needle size is painted on the dpn. My previous set sizing was engraved into the wood. This caused my yarn to get caught on the engraved section. The smooth finish on Dreamz is just fantastic! Yarn will glide along smoothly and yet just enough cling so stitches won't fall off the needle easily. LOVE IT! Definitely worth the investment!
We all(hubby, daughters, son, friends) love this yarn! It's soft enough, and warm. I've knit a few fingerless mitts for family and friends, and everyone love it! Great stitch definition, great for cables, and most importantly, it's easy-care! I've washed it several times in washer, cold cycle, in lingerie bag, and even throw into dryer on low heat. It still came out looking like it's fresh off the needles. The reason I didn't give it 5 star is that it does tend to get splitty, especially after rip-back. Plus, it's not as fluffy soft as some other yarn, but hey.. it's superwash and durable!
I hope JBW will continue to carry this Panda Superwash. I ordered one to try back in Aug, and came back to order some more, but looks like no Panda at the moment. I love this yarn! I used it to knit a pair of fingerless glove, and the stitch definition is really wonderful! I used twisted cable, braided cable, and it all turned out really beautiful and even. Can get away without blocking. I threw it into the washing machine, and the glove did "relaxed" and became even softer! It has a silky touch, and definitely wonderful next to skin! Made this glove for a friend's birthday next week, but having a hard time parting with it! ;) The yarn does spilt a little after rip-back and re-knit, but they re-join easily and still worth it considering the end result -- a pair of glove that is silky soft, warm and even stitches that made it looks a store-bought glove. I do hope JBW will have more of this line in the future.
Bought the Bolero, and really love the sweet pastel color. Wonderful to work with, drape well, great stitch definition, and soft! It softened even more after wash. I use felted-join to join my yarn. Especially love how this yarn join up invisibly! Unlike some other natural yarn, this join without felting, pilling or discoloration, when rubbed together.
3 stars for color. I used it to knit a shawl, and it's absolutely horrible to work with! Very inconsistent thickness through out. I can’t stress enough on how the roughness keep clinging on my bamboo needles as if it is hanging on to its dear life! It refuse to slide when I push along my needle. The only thing that kept me going is the look of the gorgeous self-stripping color combination! It does soften up after a good soak, but if you're looking for the silky, squishy softness, then you'll be in for a disappointment. Definitely not meant for sock or anything worn next to skin for that matter!
Well, all that said, would I still buy Noro Kureyon Sock again?! Absolutely! This time, I would use a METAL needle! I’m sold on their lovely color combination. Nice to see, but just don't touch too much! :) Hubby suggested that I put the shawl in picture frame, and hang it on the wall so we can all admire it as an art.
I would have given it 5 star had it not for all the knots in each ball!!! I bought 6 balls of Sand, dye lot 3597. At my first ball, I thought it was just that particular one which is faulty. Boy! Was I in for a shock! I was exceedingly disappointed when my 2nd and 3rd ball also have knots about 10 yards in! I always start with center-pull. What's WORSE is that my 3rd ball, had 1 loose strand in length of 15", and another, at least 20 yards, all stuffed into the middle of the ball!! It is as if when they manufacture this, they are just "stuffing" it to meet the weight! This is such a shame as I truly love the softness and the drape, and it knits up beautifully! Unfortunately for all the unpleasant knots and broken strands, now I'm a bit hesitant about getting more in the future. :(
I bought this to crochet a bolero for a friend's daughter. It's great to work with, and shows off the pineapple print pattern very well. My friend is on a tight budget, and this Comfort Sock gives the great quality for the price that she wanted. Perfect!
3 stars for the lovely color blend and softness, but it felt much too eagerly. I'm not a fan of felting items, which is why I dislike knitting with this yarn. The thickness is inconsistent. Ripping back is not a pleasant task as it felt so easily, and some stitches just cling on so tightly! Great for felting but not for someone like me who like her knits to have a smooth and pill-free finish.