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Topic: Wood, bamboo, metal, plastic? Which is your favorite kind of needle  (Read 6667 times)
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« on: November 11, 2005 06:44:39 AM »

I prefer bamboo, as of right now.

But I needed a size 8 needle and my LYS only had it in Baylene Flexible Neeldes ( I'm spelling their company name wrong, but they are from NZ) and...I think I could easily buy up some of their stash as well.


I have a couple of circulars in bamboo and metal (susan bates, I think) and I am not happy with either because of the snagging between cable and needle.  any thoughts on the Addi Turbo's or other brands out there?
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2005 06:53:47 AM »

bamboo are my favorite by far.  i'd say it depends on the type of yarn quite a bit as well.
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2005 06:54:03 AM »

Personally I love birch wood and bamboo sticks, for the bamboo I buy clover, which work well and for the birch, I cant remember the name off hand. I look for packaging. Ha.
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2005 06:55:40 AM »

as for circulars, i know that many people like denise interchangeable needles.  http://www.knitdenise.com
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2005 06:57:07 AM »

I love my bamboo needles, so far.  But I'm currently working on a scarf on plastic 19's.  I hate them, but I've had a hard time finding large needles in wood/bamboo that weren't 5 inches long.
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2005 08:44:32 AM »

Bamboo is nice, but I really refer hardwood needles I make myself Smiley I can make 'em as long as I like, and it's easier to find the larger sizes (though it's tough to find the smaller ones). I oil mine up with essentail oil blends, currenly orange vanilla is most common, and the hardwood is able to soak it up better, and feels more buttery to work with.
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2005 08:48:42 AM »

I love my Denise needles so much! I knit so much more often, and produce so much more now that I have them. I was working with clover bamboo circular, but they have a not so sharp tip, and a poor transition from needle to cord.  I have tried addi turbos, too, and they are very awesome! I'd get some if I didn't already have the denise set.  I enjoy working with hardwood needles quite a bit, they seem to hold their tip better than bamboo. It all depends on the yarn, though. I also like Lantern Moon ebony and rosewood needles...they are gorgeous...and WAY too expensive.  I only like them (and adddi turbos) marginally better than my denises, so I am very happy with them Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2005 09:37:00 AM »

Hardwoods (Britteny or Lantern Moon) first, then bamboo (Clover, for me). The only aluminum I ever worked with and liked is a pair of Addi Turbo's.
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2005 10:20:57 AM »

I like aluminum the best.  But then my only experience with bamboo are one pair of needles I bought from Target's $1 section.  I learned on aluminum, and when I tried the bamboo I can't imagine me NOT snapping them!  Whether it's while I'm knitting or when I leave them lying around like I always do Wink

I didn't like the Boye metal needles though, except the small ones.  The bigger one's tip was awkward and not very pointy.  I started knitting using my mom's needles from a LONG time ago and they are Susan Bates. So that's what I've been buying. 

I like the coldness.  I don't like when things get warmed up, like when the cat sits on the couch and warms up my seat, it's icky.  I spend half the night flipping over my pillow to get the cool side, and also moving around the bed (as much as I can) to get the cool spot on the sheet.
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2005 10:30:04 AM »

I love my Clovers! It may just be because I started with bamboo. They are just flexible enough, but also not too slick. Unless I'm knitting with something hairy, then I like metal because it slides off so much more easily.
I've tried hardwood, but they just didn't feel right to me. Maybe I just tried the wrong kind.
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