View Full Version : Dare I say the dreaded 'S'/'B' word?!

01-26-2009, 10:25 AM
Hey All,
This is just a quickie -I just want to check with those who use both wooden and aluminium needles.

Wooden: With the smaller sizes, have you ever known them to snap (the dreaded 's' word!) when put in a bag?

Aluminium: Have your needles ever bent (the dreaded 'b' word), during/after you have worked with them?


sue in canada
01-26-2009, 10:39 AM
I have used some thin bamboo straights without a problem. I always use aluminum dpns for my sock knitting and a couple are now bent but I still use them without a problem.

01-26-2009, 10:55 AM
No, and no. But I know it's a possibility on the wood. I've never heard of too many people bending needles. Not knitting, anyway. :)

01-26-2009, 02:06 PM
I've had bamboo needles bend or warp, but not snap. I think my mom has had bamboo dpns break on her, but it's not a frequent occurence.

The only time I saw aluminum needles bend was when my little sister ran into one with her head. Her head was fine, but the needle was pretty much useless.

01-26-2009, 06:50 PM
Never used wooden needles, so I can't help you there. I have had my bamboo needles warp after a time, but it never rendered them unusuable.

I have accidentally bent aluminum needles myself, but that was more me being dumb than the project causing it. Also, I have a lot of pairs of Boye aluminum straights that I still use from time to time. I used to use them all the time, though, and on some of them, the paint wore of the tips and they got a rough edge.

01-26-2009, 11:33 PM
I've had aluminum needles bend on me after years of use. Especially when I used to used them for heavy things like sweaters and afghans. They still work just fine though. I also had some plastic ones that really bent, I think maybe from the heat my hands on the plastic and again, heavy projects.

01-27-2009, 02:41 AM
I have broken the bamboo ones. BUT it's because I was knitting thick yarn on size four needles. I was making mittens so it was necessary to make them uber warm. Anyhow...I was in the middle of the row and SNAP. Therefore, I no longer use wooden needles

The only metal needles I've ever had bent on me are the Boye ones that are smaller. My Susan Bates an Addi Turbo's have never bent. I do have some plastic needles and they bend while I knit but they always go back into shape.