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« on: March 09, 2006 11:27:40 PM »

OK.  I just bought a new size 6 circular needle and I'm having a difficult time figuring out how to straighten out the plastic cord.  Is there a way to at least make it more pliable? The bend in the plastic cord makes it difficult for me to actually use the needles...

I did a search on circular knitting needles on here, but I didn't see anything in there that specifically dealt with that. I even looked at the FAQ, but I didn't see anything on there either. Hopefully I didn't just miss this topic somewhere. Any information though would be GREATLY appreciated.  Thanks so much!
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2006 06:31:43 AM »

You could soak them in warm water and lay them out with something heavy on the cable to straighten them (or sit on them -  Wink). They also straighten out as you use them; the weight of what you're knitting helps.

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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2006 06:34:33 AM »

Yes, I agree that warming them up usually helps.  Some people hold them over the steam from a tea kettle. 
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2006 08:38:36 PM »

Thanks so much to both of you!  As I just have warm tap water at the moment (I'm at work), I'll try that. =)

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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2006 02:40:39 PM »

hot water works the best, i use water out of the coffee maker when i am at work, just run a pot through without any coffee in the thing and it just heats the water, works great.

just be careful with getting the joins in the hot water sometimes it can loosen them and cause them to come apart, especially with the wooden ones.

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2006 08:06:40 AM »

Just like chloe_hippy said, hot water works best. Have some water boiling in a pot and just dip the needles for about a minute and you will see the needles straightening themselves.  You have to do this to all of your circular needles when you first get them.
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2006 08:47:37 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2006 10:18:38 PM »

Fabulous feedback!  Thanks so much everyone!  Cheesy
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