PDA

View Full Version : Help! Bamboo Circulars Are A Pain!


PHOENIXMOON
07-25-2009, 06:44 PM
[COLOR="Navy"]
Hey all,
I have Pony Bamboo Circular needles. When knitting in the round, the needle is smooth, the wire is brilliantly smooth. It is the connection between the two that causes the problem. The stitches get caught and when I notice they have gotten tighter, so when I do release them and put them on the needle part the wool is frayed.

Any suggestions?
~*Phoenix*~

[COLOR]

hookedonknitting
07-25-2009, 07:12 PM
I have this problem with my bamboos too, not the same brand though. I wish I found a solution to help but I have started using someone's metal boyes and it is way better....but I also found kniotting a lot looser can help a bit...good luck!

Knitting_Guy
07-25-2009, 10:29 PM
I have some bamboo circs a very kind KH member sent me from Korea. I've never had that problem with them. Perhaps it's just that brand?

PHOENIXMOON
07-26-2009, 09:20 AM
Hey all,
I cant really knit looser, cos my pattern is a lace/decorative stitch, so it all sort of evens out and gets tighter.
Any DIY'ers around got any hints and tips for smoothing the join?

~*Phoenix*~

suzeeq
07-26-2009, 09:26 AM
Lace should be knit looser, try a larger needle size.

hookedonknitting
07-26-2009, 11:51 AM
I find it weird some have the join problem and some don't so I really think it is me. All said and done though I still love my bamboos!

ps I have heard of people taping the join

PHOENIXMOON
07-26-2009, 02:09 PM
Hey all,
Suzeeq -I only have one size of circulars at the moment, and I am away from my favorite knitting shop. I have become loyal to one shop!!!

hookiedonknitting - I would like to know more about taping the join, any methods on how. I tried with sellotape and it didnt really make it much smoother.

~*Phoenix*~

suzeeq
07-26-2009, 02:23 PM
Try plumber's tape, celophane tape is too stiff and not stretchy.

hookedonknitting
07-26-2009, 03:47 PM
Is plumbers tape the same as electrical tape? I was thinking electrical because of the stretch..... Also I rubbed mine down with some wax paper to smooth the needles up a bit and it helped some, but I think that for best results it will take a combo of everything....

suzeeq
07-26-2009, 04:02 PM
No, plumber's tape is white and not really sticky.

cacunn
07-26-2009, 06:25 PM
Plumbers tape is Teflon tape used to help seal threaded seal in plumbing. If you replace a shower head in the bath tub plumber tape would be wrapped on the treads before screwing on new head.

Pull on the tape as you wrap it this will help it to stick to itself.

PHOENIXMOON
07-27-2009, 03:28 PM
Hey all,
Why does the tape need to be stretchy?
~*Phoenix*~

suzeeq
07-27-2009, 06:33 PM
It's not sticky, so it's stretchy to snug up to what you're wrapping it around.

hookedonknitting
07-28-2009, 01:58 PM
Also because you are trying to wrap something that is pointed ( or not flat) so if there is no stretch you will get bumpy ridges.... or at least that is one of my reasons! Thanks for all the info on plumbers tape, it kind of reminds me of floral tape....

motherpink
07-28-2009, 04:55 PM
I would use the as suqee had suggested. You can that at any D.I.Y stores or in pluming department store.

cacunn
07-29-2009, 09:27 AM
Also because you are trying to wrap something that is pointed ( or not flat) so if there is no stretch you will get bumpy ridges.... or at least that is one of my reasons! Thanks for all the info on plumbers tape, it kind of reminds me of floral tape....

Yes plumbers tape is similar to floral tape in that as you stretch it it will stick to its self. The major difference is that plumbers tape is Teflon based and is slick once applied. Hopefully this will allow the stitches to slide right along.

hookedonknitting
07-29-2009, 12:31 PM
I love that you know the difference between all these tapes!!

cacunn
07-29-2009, 02:16 PM
I love that you know the difference between all these tapes!!

Floral tape
http://www.afloral.com/core/media/media.nl;jsessionid=0a0105501f431ac060877ca94e329c 27f58c79a971ac.e3eSc34OaxmTe34Pa38Ta38Rbxj0?id=246 02&c=642818&h=52088522a9e44305d69c&resizeid=-1&resizeh=125&resizew=125
is used to wrap flowers. I frequently see it wrap around the stems of the flowers a man wears on his suit coat. When stretched it becomes sticky and sticks to itself.

Plumbers Tape
http://ep.yimg.com/ip/I/yhst-29821517991710_2057_166377
is normally a white Teflon tape that is used to seal threaded pipe connections. The tape is wrapped, once or twice, around the threads on the male side of the connection and then the female side is screwed on over the plumbers tape. The tape is just thick enough to fill space between the treads and slick (Teflon) enough to allow for ease of threading.

suzeeq
07-29-2009, 03:54 PM
I knew about plumber's tape, but wasn't aware of floral tape.