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Knitter’s Pride Melodies of Life Needles Reivew

Hello my knitty friends! I have promised to review my new Knitter’s Pride Melodies of Life Interchangeable Needle Set, and so I shall! I have been using these new needles for about three weeks now, and here are my brief thoughts.


Knitter’s Pride Melodies Of Life “Zing” Interchangeable Needle Set-9 Pairs / 4 Cords / AccessoriesΒ (Amazon affiliate link)

The needles come in a decorative and fairly sturdy box with a magnetic closure. I like a nice decorative box, myself. Although, I will say, for storage purposes I would prefer a smaller needle case made of fabric for portability. I may have to find one for this set and keep the box to hold other things.


You can see a few of the needle sets are out, those are just being used on projects at the moment. The sizes in this set are from US Size 4 to 11, or 3.5mm to 8mm. As you can see, they are brightly colored, with each size being a different color. I am definitely a fan of metal needles for my knitting, and the fact that these are colored are a bonus. It is motivating to work with pretty needles!


The Melodies of Life set comes with cords and notions also, some of which are not pictured as they are also happily occupied with my works in progress. Four cords are included: one 24 inch, two 32 inch and one 40 inch cord. The cord sizes are also colored differently so that you can differentiate them. There are also three yarn needles with loops at the ends rather than eye holes, which I have found easier to use than a regular eyelet needle. And finally, there are sets of stoppers for stitches on hold, keys for tightening the needles. All of these notions are housed in a musical themed notions bag.


Knitting with these needles is delightful! The colored portion of the needle is slightly matte finish so your stitches don’t slip off, but the tip can slip and knit easily. The cord joins are very smooth and the cord itself is highly flexible and easy to work with. These needles are a bit heavier than my Hiya Hiya Sharps (which feel as though they are hollow) but I have not found the weight to be any kind of hinderance.

Overall, these are excellent needles and I highly recommend them! You may want to buy a needle case along with it, but if you’re anything like me, you’re happy to do a little extra knitty shopping πŸ™‚

I hope you have enjoyed this quick review! If you click my affiliate links and make a purchase, I do earn a small commission, which means you are supporting my content: for that, I thank you!

Don’t forget to check out my new HalesBee Handmade Podcast on YouTube! You can see my new needles in action!

Happy knitting!

Love from HalesBee


Podcast Notes

Pilot Episode: Rambling Disaster Accomplished

Hello fiber and crafty friends! I have recorded a video podcast for YouTube! It’s a disorganized mess! Really, it is. But we all have to start somewhere, and I have been dreaming about starting my own knitting podcast for a long time. At my own risk, I am going to post it!

You can view the Pilot Episode of HalesBee Handmade Podcast here on YouTube.


I will link here to the yarns, bags, needles and patterns I talked about so you can check them out. Please be aware, some of these may be affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase thru that link, I do make a small commission. This means you are supporting my silly, happy content and for that, I thank you!


My own colorways from HalesBee Handmade on Etsy

Dragon Hoard Yarn Co. on Etsy

Yarn Cafe Creations on Etsy

Fearless Feet Fiber Co (Formerly Everyday Yarnworks) on Etsy

Cloudborn Sock Twist Yarn from Craftsy

Brava Sport Weight Yarn by Knit Picks


Worsted Boxy by Joji Locateli

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor (Fogabound Knits)

Serenity Now Shawl by Jenny FaifelΒ  a Craftsy Kit

Smooth Operator Socks (heel) by Susan B. Anderson

Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer Knits


Knitter’s Pride Melodies Of Life “Zing” Interchangeable Needle Set-9 Pairs / 4 Cords / Accessories (Amazon affiliate link)

Hiya Hiya Sharp Interchangeable Needle Set- 5 inch tips: SMALL sizes (Amazon affiliate link)

40″ Addi Turbo Sock Rockets Needles – 2.25mm – Knitting Needles from Addi (Amazon affiliate link)

Bag Makers:

Knit For Brains Designs on Etsy

Nannet Wake Studio on Etsy

Bags by Awesome Grannie on Etsy


Girls in the Yarn Cafe

Knit for Brains

Coffee Yarn and Dinosaurs (Ruth from Everyday Yarn Works/Fearless Feet Fiber Co)

I think that’s all! If I did miss anything, do comment and let me know so that I can make adjustments πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for reading and for watching! It was a thrown together mess, but it was fun and I just decided to do it! I am determined to be proud that I was brave rather than embarrassed that it is vastly imperfect πŸ™‚

Happy knitting and crafting!

Love from HalesBee



Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Boxy Off The Needles!

Welcome to the weekend my crafty friends! And this weekend I am happy to have a big project of the knitting needles, my Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli. Now I just need to mail it off to mom and hope that it fits well πŸ™‚

Finished Worsted Boxy

For this pattern I used my own hand dyed Jack Frost colorway, which I do have available in my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsy. I used my new Knitter’s Pride Zing Needles that I bought onΒ eBayΒ The pattern does call for US Size 9 needles, but I did go down a needle size to US Size 8. No, I did not swatch, I’m naughty knitter! But I know I have loose gauge, and the change of needles seems to have come out well.

My Jack Frost colorwayΒ 

The pattern itself is very simple. I did the seamless version, as I prefer to knit in the round. I did choose the smallest size, but be warned – this pattern has a massive amount of stitches! There were times I felt I was endlessly knitting, but I think part of my impatience was over the fact that this was not for me. Overall, it was a very enjoyable knit.

Backside of the Worsted Boxy

I am hoping to have some photos of mom wearing her sweater soon. I also hope it fits, as I really do not want to re-do this! I did enjoy this sweater, but as I wrote in my last blog post, I am desperate to do some selfish shawl knitting and work on my own shawl design.


I hope you have enjoyed this brief update on the crafty world of HalesBee! If you have clicked the affiliate links above and made a purchase, I do get a small commission, which means you are supporting my content. For that, I thank you!

May your weekend be full of knitting and crafty goodness!

Love from HalesBee

Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Shawl Season All Season

Hello my merry crafting friends! HalesBee is back this weekend with some dream knitting, and this time it’s all about the shawls! I do love knitting shawls, partly because there are so many different construction methods and so many opportunities to play with color. This week I have been working on my Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor, available on Ravelry.

Touchstone Shawl knit with my own hand dyed yarn. Colors shown are Coffee and Pie Oh My! and Remnants.

Touchstone is a simple shawl pattern, with just enough changes in stitch pattern to keep me interested, but not so complicated that I can’t listen to my favorite podcasts. I am using my own hand dyed yarns, available in my Etsy shop, HalesBee Handmade. This shawl is in a DK weight, so it may be a bit heavy for the warm spring weather here in NC. Though, I must say there are times I feel the need for a bit of air conditioning protection, so I’m excited to have this off the needles at the ready!

To add to my dream shawl knitting, today I received my February Artisan Crate delivery from KnitCrate! The yarn and patterns are from Toby Roxane Designs. The yarns are a light sport weight, super gorgeous and soft! The patterns are for a simple garter stitch triangular shawl, and a triangular shawl with lace work for intermediate knitters.

Artisan Crate yarns, pattern, and extra little buttons.

The last bit of dream shawl knitting I have is a kit I purchased from Craftsy for the Serenity Now Shawl. The kit comes with Craftsy’sΒ Cloudborn Merino Superwash Sock Twist, one full skein and a set of five mini skeins. The kit I chose is the Superb Starling mini set and a full skein of Grey Heather.


As they often do, Craftsy had a sale going at the time I bought the kit. So I chose a second Cloudborn skein, Oatmeal Heather, that I may use instead of the Grey Heather. Feel free to comment if you have an opinion on which one goes best with the mini kit!


I have been busy dying self striping yarn for my shop, so for now most of my knitting is dream knitting. I also am still desperately trying to finish mom’s Worsted Boxy so I can do some selfish knitting. Hopefully you will have an update on these fun projects soon!

That’s all for this brief entry into the diary of HalesBee Handmade adventures! If you have clicked any of the links above and made a purchase, they are affiliate links that give me a small commission. This means you are supporting my content, and for that, I thank you!

Wishing you a crafty weekend!

Love from HalesBee