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« on: July 19, 2007 08:11:24 PM »

Okay, I am a beginner knitter and while I was knitting, it seemed my (aluminum) needles had somehow bent or curved. It made me questions whether I should get different needles or not, which brings me to my question, what needles work best? Wooden, Bamboo, Aluminum, Steel, what?
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2007 08:15:46 PM »

How thick are the needles? They may bend depending on material and the pressure you put on them, you might need to loosen up your grip. Needle preference is entirely personal. Wood or bamboo tend to be more grippy and hold your stitches in place, they don't move around so easily. Metal ones are more slippery. So if you are constantly dropping stitches off your needles, you might like to change to wood or bamboo (loose knitters usually): if you find that you can't move your stitches around the needles easily enough, you may prefer metal (tighter knitters usually). Some also prefer the way one type feels to the hand over another type. Don't buy lots of expensive needles until you have decided which type you like.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2007 08:19:51 PM »

Okay, thank you! They weren't that expensive anyway (Wal-Mart). My needle size is US 10.5 and if I remember I used Simply Soft.. I can't really remember anything about the yarn, though I have the label somewhere.
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2007 08:45:32 PM »

If you are finding that that large of a needle is bending then its either that you bought a pair of bent needles or you are gripping your needles too hard.  Which is pretty common with newbie knitters.  Its not going to affect your knitting unless they're severly bent.  Just concentrate on making your stitches looser and I'm pretty sure you'll find that your grip loosens up too.
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2007 08:47:26 PM »

Thanks! I bent my needles back into shape (they weren't horribly bent) and I continued knitting. I think I am knitting too tightly so I will definitely loosen up my grip.
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2007 08:53:09 PM »

For circs, I like aluminum, but I've found I kinda need to splurge on bamboo DPNs because otherwise, I'll pull out the wrong needle when I'm trying to find the one that's not attached to anything and have a catastrophe. haha.
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2007 08:55:01 PM »

Haha. I will try getting bamboo needles and restart my project (it's kind of.. crappy anyway). Well, since I gave up on my project and couldn't possibly finish by my deadline (for a swap, but no worries I'm making something else), I will probably make a mini-mini stuffie just for the heck of it. ^^ Thanks everyone!
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2007 05:40:21 AM »

Psst - cheap bamboo needles.

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/needles-shop

I have two lengths of circs plus DPNs and straights from this shop and love them.

I used to knit with metal or plastic but since I bought a batch of bamboo needles I use them all the time, they're less strain on the hands for me. It is preference though, not everyone likes them. My needles warp slightly too but I like them like that, it's more comfortable.

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2007 05:56:34 AM »

When I started to learn to knit, I had aluminum needles. I was dropping stitches all over the place! So I switched to plastic. Those weren't as slippery, and they came in pretty colors too.  Cheesy But then I bought a set of bamboo needles on ebay and now I am hooked. It is definitely my favorite. And there's a lady over there that I always get my stuff from. Here's her store. http://stores.ebay.com/SusanCraftDesign
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2007 09:48:26 AM »

Thanks everyone! It seems bamboo needles is currently winning me over. ^^
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