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SwampCatNana Posted - 02/28/2013 : 1:45:37 PM
I have some old metal needles but with all the improvement in needles I have found I LOVE the bamboo ones.
I'm gradually adding new ones but wish i could afford to get a bunch of them all at once!
How did you acquire all your needles, and what kind, acrylic, bamboo, etc.?
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jtamsn Posted - 03/23/2013 : 1:16:11 PM
I have all sorts of needles (no interchangables, they just don't appeal to me). I have some that were my mothers, my mother in law's and my grandmother in law's. I have a lot that I have purchased as well. I rarely use the old ones, I just like having them, knowing the love and care that the ladies in my past put in to their knitting. I will say, that I have a couple of crochet hooks that were my grandmother in law's that I think are made of bone (?) and I love them, especially for picking up dropped stitches. As for my own preferences, I do find that what I use depends on what I am making. I now almost exclusively use circulars, bamboo,or metal. I do have a few Addi's, but what I purchase, often depends on where I am,and how much I can afford at the time.
gcelee Posted - 03/21/2013 : 2:48:34 PM
I'm more a circular metal person than bamboo or wood, although when it comes right down to, the type of fiber really determines what kind of needle I use. I recently bought one of the Addi lace interchangeable sets and I'm very pleased with it! I have added a few cords and a couple of additional tips, so I'm looking at bigger storage.

I normally start with metal - Addis, Chiagoo and Hiyahiya and if they are too slick I switch to bamboo. Although I love the rosewood and ebony needles I don't use them enough to justify the price. I have been looking at the Signature Arts needles after a few folks I admire have raved about them. I'm still struggling with the price though - $40+ for one pair of needles is a lot!

I do remind myself that good tools make for more please work, which is definitely true for me!

Knitting is cheaper than therapy and more effective. I enjoy it more and it's good for my blood pressure. What more could you want?
robinstephanie Posted - 03/16/2013 : 10:58:04 AM
Ikkivan loves knitting needles? Check!

When mother sold the house I grew up in several years ago, I went down to LA to help her pack. She came out of her closet with this huge bundle of knitting and crochet needles--at least six inches around, and asked me if I wanted it. I considered. I'd always wanted to learn to knit, but I was 37 and it hadn't happened yet, and I couldn't say it ever would. So in the spirit of not acquiring a bunch of stuff I'd never use, I said no. Three years later, of course, I learned to knit and went berserk over it. Many of those needles had belonged to my grandmother, as well as my mother. I shudder to remember it.

The best thing about it, however, is that some knitting fiend somewhere in LA came upon that bundle in a thrift store and pounced.


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
ikkivan Posted - 03/14/2013 : 7:15:09 PM
I have far too many needles, probably, but I love them all ... I guess I collect them and have acquired them over the years, beginning in the 1960s. Now my neighbor is making handmade needles (straights and dps, neither of which I use) and I know I'll want some of those "just because." Although I rarely use them, my Swallow needles with the very short tapers and blunt tips have been the answer to a few really difficult yarns, so I enjoy having lots to choose from.

Several years ago I bought a complete "set" of 32" Addi turbo (my favorite, all-purpose length) fixed circulars on e-bay, with about 16 sizes, I think. I use them now and then as a last resort, because while they are really slick and fast, the glare bothers my eyes so much that I am usually willing to sacrifice some of that speed to prevent headaches. I do love the points.

Then I fell in love with the Addi Naturas (I suppose bamboo or wood are my absolute favorites) and after buying several circulars, I treated myself (I thought) to a set of the pricey Natura interchangeables. Big mistake! The joins are terrible and that brass portion makes the non-cord part of the needles way too long for my preferences; I can't stand that snagging of my yarn there where the pieces "click" together.

I waited 9 months for three of the Darn Pretty fixed circulars from Vermont, and when I use them I almost always end up switching to another brand because fibers catch in the little space where the join swivels; I do not like swivel circulars. Live and learn.

I have many HiyaHiya fixed circulars in both the stainess steel and the bamboo, and a set of interchangeables (small sizes) for both. I LOVE my bamboo HiyaHiya circular needles most of all.

For larger needle sizes, I find myself using my Denise interchangeables (the first interchangeables I bought); they are still very good for some items.

I have Clover Takumi needles, the Dreamz (horrible) needles, the Knit Picks in all the different materials (gave the entire Options set to my daughter); I use those in the really small sock sizes. I have Chiagoo red lace, too.

I do use straights for knitting scarves and dishcloths and for casting on sometimes, and adore the Lantern Moons and several hand-crafted straights I have. I do not knit much with dps, but have plenty of them in many sizes for making i-cord.

Did I mention that I love knitting needles?

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
robinstephanie Posted - 03/14/2013 : 08:49:48 AM
Bit by bit, as I knit more and learn more styles of needle that I like. I'll go to conferences and specifically seek out specific brands and sizes of needles to fill gaps, a little at a time. Favorites are HiyaHiya metal, Lantern Moon DPNs. (I only have one set of LMs, and I treasure them.)


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
Grand-moogi Posted - 03/14/2013 : 04:07:37 AM
Bit by bit. Although I had a lot that my Mum left and between my daughter and myself, we have a whole drawer full. 90 cms long, 30 wide and 15 deep. that is a 36 inch long drawer, 12 inches wide and 6 inches deep. Full of knitting needles and crochet hooks.

I knit a hug into every stitch
Daylily Posted - 02/28/2013 : 2:52:12 PM
I have seen interchangeable bamboo needles from Aldi and Clover.

Daylily, another one tomorrow

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