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bananasplit
« on: January 15, 2008 06:15:09 PM »

I hope someone can give me advise.  I recently bought a 4 piece set of bamboo circs.  When they arrived, they have some sort of finish on them.  They feel smooth, but when I tried to knit, the yarn would not slide on the needles for anything.

What should I do?  sand? wax? oil?  I don't know what would be best, but I think they are salvageable.  Any suggestions, or has anyone 'modified' their needles before?

thnx, Jill
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2008 06:22:02 PM »

I've not done this to "finished" needles before, but when I made my own needles from wooden dowels, I rubbed (fast enough to heat from friction) them with wax paper to make them more slippery.  Not sure if that would work on finished needles though.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008 08:17:42 PM »

try some beeswax if you have some, or the wax paper. Both should be safe for the needles. I'm not sure what the problem can be because all my bamboos are okay.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2008 10:31:04 PM »

I put hand lotion on all my wood and bamboo needles; it keeps them moisturized and smooth. I find that when I take them out of the package, they're genreally pretty dry.  You might have to wait a few minutes to let it dry, but it works.  i do this before and after a project.
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bananasplit
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2008 04:47:59 PM »

Just regular hand lotion?  Doe sit ever make your yarn greasy?

Should we be treating our needles like old wooden furniture?  I have some orange oil/beeswax rub for antique wood.  I wonder if that would work.

It certainly can't hurt, b/c if I can't get them in better shape than this, I'm just going to toss them.

Jill
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2008 07:16:31 PM »

I would use really really fine sandpaper, like 1000-3000 grit. But on the making needles thread (smoothing the tips has been extensively discussed there!) someone recommended one of those nail buffers with four degrees of roughness/smoothness for making your nails smooth and shiny.

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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2008 09:49:26 PM »

bannasplit: yeah, i just use my trusty Vaseline lotion.  I dont use much, and because wood and bamboo are porous, it absorbs the lotion.  You do have to wait for it to dry, though- usually only a few minutes.  Or you can rub them until they feel smooth, not slippery.  I do treat my wood and bamboo needles the same way I treat wood furniture; keep them moisturized and in good condition.  The orange oil/beeswax rub might work, too.
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