first project and bamboo needles

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first project and bamboo needles
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Tue, 12-16-2008 - 6:54pm
Decided to take up knitting recently and so far its becoming quite an addiction.
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Tue, 12-16-2008 - 7:03pm
I've only tried bamboo a few time but the yarn doesn't seem to slide as easily as it does with the
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Wed, 12-17-2008 - 10:17am

I agree with Tracy, especially since I don't knit all that often! lol I do know that metal needles tend to get sticky on me because I have warm hands. When I work with wool, it works best on bamboo. Acrylic is good on anything, but especially good for me on bamboo.


Don't you wish you could go to the store and try out the needles for a while? I guess you could save the packaging and if they don't work return them.


Good luck!


Jodi



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Wed, 12-17-2008 - 10:20am
I absolutely understand this problem! I am currently having the same problem with bamboo needles and will be switching to metal. Bamboo needles are better for slippery yarns like silk or a wool/soy blend like Paton's SWS. Other yarns like wool and most acrylics are a bit "sticky" and do better with plastic or metal needles. Hope that helps and knit on!
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Wed, 12-17-2008 - 11:43am

"It's not a bug; it's a feature"


The lack of slip is what people like about bamboo or wood needles. Depending on the yarn, that gives you more control over what you're doing, and makes you less likely to accidentally drop stitches. You might prefer metal or plastic for this project.

Cthulu Crochet

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Wed, 12-31-2008 - 8:47pm

I too have taken up knitting (with bamboo needles ONLY),

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Thu, 01-01-2009 - 9:17am

Welcome to the board. :)


Your post was very inspiring, I hope knitting continues to help you through your grief and you can one day pick up that crocheting again. So sorry to hear of your loss. ((HUGS))


Jodi



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Thank you ecullworm for the awesome siggie!




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Fri, 01-30-2009 - 3:12am

Yarn does slide a lot easier on metal needles than bamboo. I knit with both and have a full compliment of each type of circs. I prefer circs to straight needles as it seems to cut down on the fatigue factor for me. Plus there's never any worry about having to switch needles when the pattern calls for both circs and straight.

Kathleen

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Thu, 02-26-2009 - 4:19am