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Knitter's Review
May 1, 2003

for Kitty, 1985-2003Knitters certainly understand the fine nuances of different materials. Cotton is easily distinguishable from wool, while alpaca has a decidedly different touch than angora. Even among wool types we can feel differences.

The same is true for needles, whose composition runs the gamut from aluminum to plastic, milk protein, birch, and bamboo. Following up on last week's review of plastic interchangeable needles, we turn the tables to examine the simplest of the simple: bamboo single-pointed straight needles.


New This Week
Almost lighter than air itself, bamboo knitting needles have a warm, organic feel that many knitters prefer. Learn more about a classic bamboo needle from Crystal Palace.

If you're new to knitting and would like to learn more about all the different needle types and their appropriate uses, read our Tools of the Trade article first.

New Tools in the Boutique
This week I've unveiled a new section in the boutique featuring knitting tools from The Big Yarn, a Los Angeles-based company founded by knitting artisan Denyse Specktor. Check them out.

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As always, thank you for your readership. Happy knitting, and I'll see you in the forums!

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