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~Jo~
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Canada
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Posted - 02/09/2003 :  5:57:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit ~Jo~'s Homepage Send ~Jo~ a Private Message
I have AERO circular needles, not the most fancy kind but they do the job! I just bought more circ's and their plastic (or is it nylon!?) cables are pretty stiff and all "spring-like". Sorry I'm looking for my words tonight. They are all in rounds and even when I knit the cables still curve.

I'd like to know if there's a way to straighten the cables and make them less stiff to work with.

Thanks!

Jo
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navyseel
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Posted - 02/09/2003 :  7:39:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit navyseel's Homepage Send navyseel a Private Message
They don't sell Aeros around here, but hopefully this trick that I use on Addi Turbos will work just as well. I use a hair dryer on its hottest setting on the cable and it loosens up pretty well. I've heard that others use boiling hot water and the cable un-kinks itself almost immediately. Just be careful not to burn yourself as the metal needles can get hot.

Good luck!
Celia
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BessH
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Posted - 02/10/2003 :  05:42:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message
When I get a new circular needle this i what I do:

get a pot of water very hot but not boiling and dip your needle cable in it for 10 seconds. If that doesn't straighten and soften the cable, dip it again, though usually one dip is enough.

good luck

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~Jo~
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Canada
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Posted - 02/10/2003 :  09:05:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit ~Jo~'s Homepage Send ~Jo~ a Private Message
Thank you both for your advice!

Off to get that big pot of water boiling!

Jo
http://rainbowmom.diaryland.com
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Hello Knitty
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Posted - 02/10/2003 :  12:40:38 PM  Show Profile Send Hello Knitty a Private Message
This is interesting. I inherited a bunch of Aero circs and they drove me crazy with the cables. The LYS owner suggested if it were in my budget to upgrade to Addi Turbo or Drops and you know what? They've never been a problem! So if you can, I think it makes a difference to buy the best tools you can. BTW, I like my Aero straights.

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emanonx
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USA
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Posted - 02/25/2003 :  5:51:07 PM  Show Profile Send emanonx a Private Message
I have Boye circs and it seems about halfway through my project they are all kinked up and stiff again...I also have Clover's and they stay nice and soft always after they're broke in.

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