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deann
05-27-2013, 11:55 AM
Hello,

I have many bamboo circular needles. I believe they are the longer ones. Anyway, I am finding that as I am doing the magic loop, the part right below each needle is breaking and I am having to toss them away.

The Denise interchangables are hard to maneuver and bend, etc., for magic loop. Has anyone tried the silver ones on KnitPicks? I need good circs not made of that cheap plastic on the bamboo needles.

Thanks.

D

Jan in CA
05-27-2013, 12:17 PM
In my experience the Denise was fine for flat projects, but not great for ML. Boye needles and the cheap circs you get from craft stores aren't either. The cables just aren't thin enough or flexible enough,

Knitpicks Options Nickel Plated are my go to needles. The cables are flexible and good for magic loop. (I have heard that they changed where they have have them made from India to China and they aren't quite as good, but I have no experience with that.) I also love the birch needles, both harmony and sunstruck.

Also the Knitter's Pride needles that you can get here in KH are nice. I haven't tested the metal ones yet, but the cable was great for ML.

I suggest getting a sampler from each company to see what YOU prefer.
http://www.knitpicks.com/knitting-needles-crochet-hooks/try-it-needle-set.html
http://shop.knittinghelp.com/knitting-needles/interchangeable-needle-sets/knitters-pride-comby-interchangeable-circular-sampler/

deann
05-27-2013, 12:41 PM
In my experience the Denise was fine for flat projects, but not great for ML. Boye needles and the cheap circs you get from craft stores aren't either. The cables just aren't thin enough or flexible enough,

Knitpicks Options Nickel Plated are my go to needles. The cables are flexible and good for magic loop. (I have heard that they changed where they have have them made from India to China and they aren't quite as good, but I have no experience with that.) I also love the birch needles, both harmony and sunstruck.

Also the Knitter's Pride needles that you can get here in KH are nice. I haven't tested the metal ones yet, but the cable was great for ML.

I suggest getting a sampler from each company to see what YOU prefer.
http://www.knitpicks.com/knitting-needles-crochet-hooks/try-it-needle-set.html
http://shop.knittinghelp.com/knitting-needles/interchangeable-needle-sets/knitters-pride-comby-interchangeable-circular-sampler/

great suggestions Jan. I just ordered the try me kit on KP and a few additional wires, I tend to use ML for everything, so can work easily on the longer wires. Thanks again for your help.

deann
05-27-2013, 12:44 PM
In my experience the Denise was fine for flat projects, but not great for ML. Boye needles and the cheap circs you get from craft stores aren't either. The cables just aren't thin enough or flexible enough,

Knitpicks Options Nickel Plated are my go to needles. The cables are flexible and good for magic loop. (I have heard that they changed where they have have them made from India to China and they aren't quite as good, but I have no experience with that.) I also love the birch needles, both harmony and sunstruck.

Also the Knitter's Pride needles that you can get here in KH are nice. I haven't tested the metal ones yet, but the cable was great for ML.

I suggest getting a sampler from each company to see what YOU prefer.
http://www.knitpicks.com/knitting-needles-crochet-hooks/try-it-needle-set.html
http://shop.knittinghelp.com/knitting-needles/interchangeable-needle-sets/knitters-pride-comby-interchangeable-circular-sampler/

Okay Jan one more question while you are here. A very silly goofy question. I have the Denise interchangeable set, but what are those black round things for????

GrumpyGramma
05-27-2013, 12:46 PM
I got my Knitter's Pride nickel plate Novas here, I love them. I have the Sunstrucks from Knit Picks and love them too. If a flexible cable for ML is what you're looking for, I don't think you could do much, if any, better. I use them for knitting flat also. Enjoy!

deann
05-27-2013, 01:03 PM
I got my Knitter's Pride nickel plate Novas here, I love them. I have the Sunstrucks from Knit Picks and love them too. If a flexible cable for ML is what you're looking for, I don't think you could do much, if any, better. I use them for knitting flat also. Enjoy!

Oh really? I have never even heard of Novas. I will definitely be getting these. thank you so much. I have also wanted to try the Sunstrucks too. But a flexible wire is what I am looking for, so again, thanks so much!!!

deann
05-27-2013, 01:05 PM
I got my Knitter's Pride nickel plate Novas here, I love them. I have the Sunstrucks from Knit Picks and love them too. If a flexible cable for ML is what you're looking for, I don't think you could do much, if any, better. I use them for knitting flat also. Enjoy!


Okay, I just looked up the Novas and they are short-tip needles? I don't like the short stubby needles. Can I also get them in the long needles? Also, when you say "here" there is no link with that. Do you mean on this website? Thanks again!

deann
05-27-2013, 01:10 PM
I got my Knitter's Pride nickel plate Novas here, I love them. I have the Sunstrucks from Knit Picks and love them too. If a flexible cable for ML is what you're looking for, I don't think you could do much, if any, better. I use them for knitting flat also. Enjoy!


Okay found them on this site. Silly me. Okay, so, I am just going to order the kit. It is on sale and is the most inexpensive kit I have found so far. Also, it comes with 3 wires, the longest being the 40 which is what I am looking for. And the needles are longer, with several stoppers. Thank you again, I am ordering these. Oh and they ship for free!!!!!

D

GrumpyGramma
05-27-2013, 01:23 PM
I think by "wires" you mean the cables? Some cables do have wire in them, the ones I've used aren't as flexible as the cables with the Knit Picks or Knitter's Pride. Enjoy your new needles.

heatherg23
05-28-2013, 11:12 PM
I'm selling some knitpicks nickel plated circulars and also interchangeable if you have more then 1. The cord (or cable) never tangles or curls up which is really nice.

Is there a size you are interested in? I have sizes 5, 6, 7, 8, and 13
Heather

N0obKnitter
05-29-2013, 08:25 AM
Knitpicks' cords and tips aren't what they're used to be.

I need 40" or more for two at a time socks. I opted for a fixed size 1 Nova. I'm going to test it out maybe today.

crazykntter83
05-29-2013, 09:15 AM
Knitpicks' cords and tips aren't what they're used to be.

I need 40" or more for two at a time socks. I opted for a fixed size 1 Nova. I'm going to test it out maybe today.

Let us know how they work for you. I've been wondering if the novas are about the quality of what the knitpicks used to be.

N0obKnitter
05-29-2013, 10:21 AM
The join is pretty smooth, the cord is nice. Tips are pretty pointy (but not too sharp, think.) For $6.50, I'm pleased!

GrumpyGramma
05-29-2013, 05:56 PM
I think I could do 2@time socks on 40" Novas but I prefer 47".

crazykntter83
05-30-2013, 12:30 AM
I think I could do 2@time socks on 40" Novas but I prefer 47".

I was actually thinking myself about getting the 47" for 2 at a time. The 40" just doesn't seem like quite enough cable.

GrumpyGramma
05-30-2013, 12:41 AM
I was actually thinking myself about getting the 47" for 2 at a time. The 40" just doesn't seem like quite enough cable.
I just double checked. I was in error (or lied?) and my needle is a 40", works fine.

crazykntter83
05-30-2013, 09:08 AM
I just double checked. I was in error (or lied?) and my needle is a 40", works fine.

For me when doing magic loop, the more cable the merrier. Like for hats and things, I like using my 60" cable on whatever size it is lol. So I figure a 47" would be an ideal for 2 at a time socks. :)

Jan in CA
05-30-2013, 10:44 AM
I use 32" for a single sock and 40" for hats.

N0obKnitter
05-30-2013, 11:21 AM
I think I could do 2@time socks on 40" Novas but I prefer 47".

I couldn't find nova 47". Poopie.

crazykntter83
05-30-2013, 11:27 AM
I couldn't find nova 47". Poopie.
Here (http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-needles-knitters-pride-nova/knitters-pride-nova-fixed-circular-needles-47-inch/) they are. :)

deann
05-31-2013, 09:13 AM
I think by "wires" you mean the cables? Some cables do have wire in them, the ones I've used aren't as flexible as the cables with the Knit Picks or Knitter's Pride. Enjoy your new needles.

Yes, I meant cables :-)) I am very excited to get them. I have decided on the Knitter's Pride needles. the kit comes with 3 cables, and not the standard 2.

deann
05-31-2013, 09:16 AM
I think by "wires" you mean the cables? Some cables do have wire in them, the ones I've used aren't as flexible as the cables with the Knit Picks or Knitter's Pride. Enjoy your new needles.

For me when doing magic loop, the more cable the merrier. Like for hats and things, I like using my 60" cable on whatever size it is lol. So I figure a 47" would be an ideal for 2 at a time socks. :)


I totally agree. I like very long cables for ML. Mainly because I like doing even my larger projects magic loop. So I need lots of room. I didn't know they even made a 60" cable....that sounds like a winner.

crazykntter83
05-31-2013, 10:07 AM
You can get longer cables here (http://www.yarn.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/categoryID/58CB4017-F370-414E-BCE4-887D50C30F40/productID/E76177EF-17FA-48AE-B497-93F703039B34/?green=3DC5123F-7E86-5F0E-0A45-ED7243AA6563). They're only 2.49, you can't beat that price. :)

deann
05-31-2013, 10:44 AM
You can get longer cables here (http://www.yarn.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/categoryID/58CB4017-F370-414E-BCE4-887D50C30F40/productID/E76177EF-17FA-48AE-B497-93F703039B34/?green=3DC5123F-7E86-5F0E-0A45-ED7243AA6563). They're only 2.49, you can't beat that price. :)


Great price thank you. The Nova set says "short tips" does that mean those needles are the short stubby kind? Thank you!!

crazykntter83
05-31-2013, 11:35 AM
I got the dreamz set and I just measured my size tip, and it measures a little over 4.5". I would imagine that the novas are right about the same size. :)

N0obKnitter
05-31-2013, 09:32 PM
You can get longer cables here (http://www.yarn.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.detail/categoryID/58CB4017-F370-414E-BCE4-887D50C30F40/productID/E76177EF-17FA-48AE-B497-93F703039B34/?green=3DC5123F-7E86-5F0E-0A45-ED7243AA6563). They're only 2.49, you can't beat that price. :)
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=330705133956
Shipping may be cheaper via this seller.

crazykntter83
06-01-2013, 09:09 AM
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=330705133956
Shipping may be cheaper via this seller.
Oooooh and a better price too!! You go girl!! :yay: