I've been knitting for a very long time, since 1st grade. My Mum & I had the same Wright Boye Interchangeable Knitting Needle set from the 1970's & the 1980's.
|(1970's or 1980's)|
The set comes with several US sizes: 1 through 15. Sizes 9 through 15 required a special connector to connect to the stiff nylon cables. My Mum & I used this set for years.
|(Boye Interchangeable set connecting to a knitting needle tip with a tapered end.)|
|(The connectors on the tips.)|
Then, early in the year 2000, I bought a brand new Boye Set with a rare 50% off coupon from Michael's. The newer set, all the ends are tapered and don't require the special connectors that are very easy to lose & very hard to buy replacements.
I love my kit that I bought in 2000, esp.; the tips, but since I've been using Addi Turbos, Addi Clicks & Knit Picks knitting needles, I'm not so fond of the hard stiff nylon cables of my original set.
Through the many knitting groups that I belong to online, I've made the most wonderful discovery! I found out that the ChiaoGoo cables, (the ones labeled "small") are a perfect fit for the Boye Interchangeable with the tapered ends.
I found ChiaoGoo Cables & connectors at Handsome Fibers & Paradise Fibers. This being said, neither site or company advocates or recommends using the ChiaoGoo products with other brands. So far, so good. I haven't had any problems using the CG cables with my Boye set.
|(Cable & Connector.) (Small)|
Now, you might wonder why I don't just bite the bullet and buy yet another interchangeable set & just get the ChiaoGoo Interchangeable Set? Well, because I just love the look and feel of my original set & all the pretty colors. It's like a box of new crayons for me as a kid.
|(ChiaoGoo Cable with Boye needle tips, size 6.)|
Today, I made another discovery. I also have the Knit Picks Nickel Platted set. The needle tips are nice, but the cable keep breaking, so I don't use them very much anymore. However, I found out through other knitter that the cables to the Knitter's Pride set works with the Knit Picks.