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boo1
11-03-2007, 12:57 PM
I've only tried bamboo, wondering if I should branch out.

Looking for input! :knitting:

brittyknits
11-03-2007, 02:41 PM
For bamboo, I think Crystal Palace can't be beat.
The new Harmony needles at knitpicks are wonderful-- very, very smooth. They do seem to have had some manufacturing problems, but if you have splintering or other such stuff, they do replace them immediately.
For exotic woods, try www.winterrose.com

I do prefer the coated grey metal needles for many things, but also bone and glass are great once you get used to them-- is there a reason you specifically want to use wooden needles?

knitpurlgurl
11-03-2007, 03:52 PM
My faves are the Lantern Moon needles in Rosewood or Coconut Palm. They just look terrific; feel terrific; and make me feel like an expert knitter because they seem so extravagant!

Wench
11-03-2007, 05:06 PM
My faves are the Lantern Moon needles in Rosewood or Coconut Palm. They just look terrific; feel terrific; and make me feel like an expert knitter because they seem so extravagant!

I am definitely with you. I haven't tried the coconut palm, but I love, love, love my Lantern Moon rosewood needles. They are absolutely fantastic.

boo1
11-03-2007, 06:35 PM
I do prefer the coated grey metal needles for many things, but also bone and glass are great once you get used to them-- is there a reason you specifically want to use wooden needles?

I want to try everything! I have looked at some rosewood needles and they were (if memory serves) rather pricey, just wondering what everyone likes. I'm re-learning to knit so I'm just taking an informal poll. :thumbsup:

scubasinger
11-03-2007, 10:15 PM
I also like Lantern Moon for straight needles. I just have this thing about wood and the naturalness of it as opposed to cold metal or other materials. The look of polished wood is also soothing to me.

I would love Knit Picks to take the Harmony concept/manufacturing process and release a line of high-end wooden interchangeables. I can just imagine a full set of Options in either rosewood or palm wood.

starburst
11-03-2007, 10:17 PM
I got a nice pair from a Daiso store for $1.50. I have no idea what brand because the name was in Japanese haha

Jitendra
11-03-2007, 11:46 PM
urgh, I hate my wooden needles! I decided to buy a set of six mm dpns a few months ago when I was just starting to knit, but no place sold them except for really expensive yarn stores. I bought them, and they're terrible. The points aren't lacquered well enough, so the edges pull at my knitting, make it difficult to knit, and fray the yarn.

MaleKnitter
11-04-2007, 12:20 AM
Brittany used to make beautiful needles when they still used walnut, now they use birch. When they switched from walnut to birch they stopped making their lovely needles. I prefer circular needles for all of my projects (you never lose your needle when you finish a row, you can make big projects, you can use magic loop to make a sock) they are so versitile and i love them, but if I had a set of needles as beautiful as those old brittany walnut needles I would have wanted to use them all the time (or maybe i would have just put them up in my china cabinet to keep forever)

Now they have changed their needle design to this minimalist "art deco" design that is nowhere near as pretty as their old victorian design that they still use for their crochet hooks. Why cant they make those pretty needles again? :(

Slybella
11-04-2007, 07:44 AM
I love my needles from Sam in Montana. He hand lathes them from a solid piece of wood. He has wonderfully tapered points with a pointy tip that doesn't hurt your finger. He also has several wood selections. I have quite a few pairs but right now I'd have to say tulipwood and cardinal wood are my faves.
http://www.booksyarnmore.com/

knitncook
11-04-2007, 09:48 AM
I much prefer bamboo over wood. Bamboo is denser, doesn't splinter easily at all and comes from a sustainable crop. I'm concerned about where the trees from exotic woods are coming from.

boo1
11-04-2007, 09:58 AM
I love my needles from Sam in Montana. He hand lathes them from a solid piece of wood. He has wonderfully tapered points with a pointy tip that doesn't hurt your finger. He also has several wood selections. I have quite a few pairs but right now I'd have to say tulipwood and cardinal wood are my faves.
http://www.booksyarnmore.com/

I might have to try a pair. Thanks for the link.

miccisue
11-04-2007, 11:10 PM
I much prefer bamboo over wood. Bamboo is denser, doesn't splinter easily at all and comes from a sustainable crop. I'm concerned about where the trees from exotic woods are coming from.

Very good point....I hadn't thought of that. Of course, I haven't had the urge to use wooden needles, either. I've got all of mine in bamboo from Clover, and absolutely adore them. I find them really easy to work with (I hate the slipperyness of aluminums), and woudn't swap them for the world.:thumbsup:

boo1
11-05-2007, 06:50 AM
I like them better than the Clover and they cost less. Chiao Goo run about $3/pr. They have enough polish to slip without being slippery, if that makes sense.

:)

mwedzi
11-05-2007, 12:50 PM
Favorites are Lantern Moon in Rosewood. For bamboo, I haven't tried Crystal Palace straights but if they have the same tips and finish as their dpns, then they'd be a close runner up. Someone mentioned Chiagoo and I have some of their dpns and the finish is not bad on these.

cheley
11-06-2007, 10:12 AM
urgh, I hate my wooden needles! I decided to buy a set of six mm dpns a few months ago when I was just starting to knit, but no place sold them except for really expensive yarn stores. I bought them, and they're terrible. The points aren't lacquered well enough, so the edges pull at my knitting, make it difficult to knit, and fray the yarn. I'll take em:flirt: also, are you :knitting: in the nude on your signature :teehee: /what make it tooooo sexy??? You can pm me...

boo1
11-06-2007, 06:51 PM
Looking forward to using them! :knitting: