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seampoints
« on: January 06, 2010 01:43:22 PM »

***Stupid new knitter question alert***

On alot of blogs written by knitters there are often these pretty aluminium knitting needles, they seem to be in metallic colours with silver caps on the end. They look gorgeus. I'd like to try them.

.. I've been searching for them trying to find out what they are exactly but am coming unstuck are they a US only needle?

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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2010 01:45:45 PM »

Sounds like Signature Needles. I have no idea if they ship out of the US or not, but they're lovely needles.
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seampoints
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2010 02:10:49 PM »

Hey thanks for replying! Yeah they look a bit like that, but without the shaped end cap thing. I think they might be vintage, maybe they don't make them anymore?  Embarrassed

At the moment I using my Nans needles and I like the aluminium ones and I'd like to give these a go if I can ever work out what they are.
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SassyRedhead
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2010 05:30:23 AM »

My cheap, learners, got them at Michael's Boye needles are like that, http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/zoomImagedetail.jsp?CATID=cat2705&PRODID=prd12405&imgPos=5421&imageType=z&itemType=product
They're aluminum and mostly colored by size, so I have yellow aluminum size 10s, and purple size 8s etc. I like them because the feel of aluminum and wool together makes the experience for me.
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seampoints
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2010 09:07:17 AM »

Those are them! I don't think I can get them in the U.K. I'm going to have to go off hunting. Thanks
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2010 09:44:52 AM »

this might help. http://www.wrights.com/wrights/info_help/buy/international.htm england's at the bottom of the page.

http://www.wrights.com/wrights/info_help/buy/mailorder.htm
i didn't check any of these to see if they ship out of country, but i'm sure you can find some on ebay, too.
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SassyRedhead
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2010 10:21:46 AM »

They're pretty common in the States, AFAIK. Maybe try ebay, since a lot of sellers are willing to ship internationally.
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soozeq
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2010 11:54:48 AM »

What sizes do you want? I have some old straights that I don't use anymore.
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sue
seampoints
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2010 11:17:22 AM »

Thanks for replying chaps. It seems they're Boye brand but similar needles are also mad by "Bates", "Hero" and "Sears" none of which you can get in the U.K and I think Boye are the only ones still making them.

Ebay definately proved the way to go, and I've just won a lot of 22 pairs *yipee* so that should keep me busy for a while Smiley

Sue, thats really very generous of you to offer me your needles but i think I'll be sorted now that I've got some coming. I'm knitting big at the moment as I'm finding it easiest to learn with nice chunky wool, will post some pictures of my abominations of nature creations soon  Cheesy
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soozeq
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2010 02:33:23 PM »

A whole set of them in different sizes will be great for you. Yes, Boye isn't the only brand, I think Aeros are easier to find in the UK, I buy metric circs in that brand.
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