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Topic: Is there any way I can make knitting with bamboo needles...quicker?  (Read 250 times)
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« on: August 08, 2008 12:11:33 PM »

I finally found a pair of 16" circulars! They're bamboo though, made by Boye. I bought them anyway because they were cheap and the only other sizes of circular needles were 29" and 26", which I regrettably bought a while ago as a new knitter and was stupid enough to waste perfectly good yarn on. Well, my only qualm is--I love to knit fast, and bamboo doesn't let me do that. It's extremely slow and sometimes hard to pull the yarn off the needle... sometimes the stitches on the cable get stuck and I have to manually pull them up, splitting the yarn. Would using a different type of yarn, say cotton or a soft baby yarn make knitting on these needles faster? I'm using acrylic, is that the problem?

(Funny story: Last summer I ended up knitting a whole skein of Red Heart Strata on a 26" circular needle intending for it to be a hat. I didn't know how to decrease [a 26 inch...hat nonetheless] so I pinned up the back of the hat with bobby pins and claimed it was a rasta-style tam [WITHOUT BINDING OFF] and then unpinned it and ended up using a yarn needle I found in my beginners' knitting kit to sew up the unbound loops/end of the work with another color yarn. Yeah, you can imagine how that looks. What a waste of yarn :/)
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2008 02:40:16 PM »

Bamboo, and most wood, grips yarn more than metal or plastic would.  I'd say invest in some metal needles...you can never have too many!

As an alternative, you can fold up a piece of wax paper a few times, then rub it really fast along the shaft of the needle.  This heats up the wax and will essentially wax your needle.  Or, you can try dipping it into a bowl of rice, which will coat it as well.

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