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Darhain
01-17-2006, 05:21 AM
I'm not trying to start a debate about the merits of one type of needle over another. Just wondering what everyone is currently using and loving. :)

Personally, it's all about the bamboo for me. When I first started knitting, I was using aluminum needles and almost gave up because the needles were driving me nuts (too slippery, hated the feel of them in my hands -- they actually made my hands ache, the points were TOO sharp, etc.). Bamboo saved me! :lol:

Think I could get that on a bumper sticker? "Bamboo Saved Me!" :rofling:

(BTW, bamboo happens to be a new passion for me in another crafty realm, too -- bamboo fabric is SOOOOOOO super, duper yummy! :heart: )

Cristy
01-17-2006, 08:26 AM
I started with bamboo and swore by it but since I bought my interchangables, I've found myself using primarily aluminum because it IS slippery--I knit faster on metal needles. I've yet to try addi's b/c I don't think I'm ready to go that fast yet!

earthchick
01-17-2006, 08:35 AM
I'm all about the Addi Turbos. :heart: :heart: :heart:

I also love my bamboo dpns.

Ingrid
01-17-2006, 09:05 AM
Love the slick Addis!

Darhain
01-17-2006, 09:35 AM
Actually, Addis are a whole different cattegory than most metal needles, IMO. They're pretty cool when I want to use a circular needle, but I still prefer my bamboos straights.

dustinac
01-17-2006, 09:36 AM
I like Addis but only have a few pairs... so my Boyes Interchangeable are next... :D

Vendie
01-17-2006, 09:43 AM
I'm in love with my lantern moons - if I could own a pair in every size I would. I also really like my Brittany's. My Denise's are my favorite circulars - tho I use addi's for finer gauge things like socks.

Arugula
01-17-2006, 09:46 AM
I loved bamboo for learning, then got frustrated with it when I became a faster/tighter knitter and my stitches were sticking like crazy. Now I am all about aluminum, as long as the ends are really pointy. I bought a pair? of addi circulars but am not sure if I am going to like them, the end seems a lot more blunt than my other metal needles and I hate trying 3 times to get my needle in a stitch when I am working quickly.

Ronda
01-17-2006, 09:51 AM
All I own are a few bamboo sets, Boye aluminum needles, and one pair of Addi Turbos. For me, the yarn sticks too much to the bamboo needles, so I prefer metal, and the Addis are amazing! I wish I could use Addis for everything! I would like to try a Lantern Moon set, though.

VickiIL
01-17-2006, 09:59 AM
My first choices are my denise and my addis! I don't like using straights much anymore (although I do use them when I work on lace weight yarn...) My favorite dpn's are my rosewoods and my crystal palace. They are finished with some kind of lacquer or something that makes them feel so wonderful. I wish I could afford to get a set in every size...but alas I already own so many bamboo dpns I can't justify it.

Lana
01-17-2006, 10:02 AM
I've had most of my needles for longer than 30 to 40 years. Susan Bates are my hands down favorites! Metal makes my hand cold, so I prefer my very oldest needles. The oldest cards (yup, still have 'em) say they are made of Circlon Nylon, the less old ones say Luxite. I like points and they have just the right amount of smoothness for me.

Recently I tried bamboo, and they seemed to drag, for me. I have a few newer Susan Bates Quick Silver needles, and they're a little too slippery for me. They'd probably be great for someone who knits tight. I tend to be loose.

My favorite crochet hooks are my very old plastic Susan Bates. Of course none of my favorites are manufactured any more. :(
:frog: Lana

nicolethegeek
01-17-2006, 10:03 AM
I haven't really developed preferences with my knitting like I have with crochet hooks. I don't care for the flexibility of plastic needles. I'm afraid I will warp or break them... and my kids *have* broken a few already. The type of tip I like depends on the yarn I am working with. I find that the Balene needles I bought before to make scarves with the Bernat Eye Lash, while flexible, have a nice tip that easily gets under those hidden stitches. For the socks I'm knitting for DH out of worsted wool, I have a set of antique Boye dpns that I love. The tip is nice and pointy, and my new RH dpns are much more rounded. Even the new Boyes have a pointier tip than my RHs, but not as sharp as my old ones. I bought a set of bamboo dpns, but was afraid to use them with the thick wool for DHs socks... I will probably try them when I can get to my STR socks.

I'm hoping to develop a relationship soon with Denise's and Addi's... but at nearly $70 for the set, and $20 and up for the Addi circs, it's gonna be a slowly developing collection!

mintdee
01-17-2006, 11:24 AM
I love love love my metal needles! I still haven't tried bamboo (although the lantern moon needles are sooo pretty) I have tried plastic needles however and I just don't like using them

My absolute fav? My Needlemaster set!!!!! :D

Darhain
01-17-2006, 11:30 AM
Anyone use caesin needles? I've been wanting to try them just because the idea fascinates me! My DS has a caesin intolerance, so maybe that will keep him away from my knitting! :roflhard:

Darhain
01-17-2006, 11:34 AM
I loved bamboo for learning, then got frustrated with it when I became a faster/tighter knitter and my stitches were sticking like crazy. Now I am all about aluminum, as long as the ends are really pointy. I bought a pair? of addi circulars but am not sure if I am going to like them, the end seems a lot more blunt than my other metal needles and I hate trying 3 times to get my needle in a stitch when I am working quickly.

Isn't it funny how different people are?!? You like your metal needles only if they have really pointy tips, and hate the really pointy tips. I am not a very tight knitter, so I never have the problem of getting my needle into a stitch with the blunter needles. More the opposite, actually.

rebecca
01-17-2006, 11:37 AM
Addi's are #1; Inox & Susan Bates Quicksilver #2......a ways behind my addis ;)

Amber
01-17-2006, 11:54 AM
Anyone use caesin needles? I've been wanting to try them just because the idea fascinates me! My DS has a caesin intolerance, so maybe that will keep him away from my knitting! :roflhard:

Hmm...I've never heard of caesin needles. Sounds interesting!

I LOVE my bamboo needles. I like the way they look and the way they feel in my hands. I also like the fact that they're very *quiet*. I don't mind that they're not super slippery, in fact I prefer it. I think it forces me to keep my knitting nice and loose and to *relax* while I'm knitting.

KNITBIT
01-17-2006, 12:07 PM
I LOVE my Denises!!!!!!!!!! But at the moment I've been knitting lots of socks...and I AM LOVING my Boye dpns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love how pointy they are, nice and smooth..I even LOVE the little clinking sounds :D Not to mention they're pretty...heehee...guess that's a lil plus :thumbsup:

I didn't like using my bamboo dpns for socks because my stitches tended to stick...also the ends being too blunt. Btw, that's the reason I love my Denises, the fact that the ends are nice and pointy! :cheering:

KNITBIT :XX:

jodstr2
01-17-2006, 12:15 PM
Addi Turbos, mostly. super slick and fast.

but for smoother yarns, I like my Clover Bamboo.

Tamar Dohel
01-17-2006, 01:17 PM
I've only ever used the plastic ones and am about to use thin metal ones.

Nevertheless, I like my needles long so I can tuck one under the arm and pointed which slide better into the stitches.

Danielle
01-17-2006, 01:30 PM
I really like my needlemaster for circular knitting, but for straight needles, I found some handmade birch needles at my new LYS, made right here in North Carolina! :D I love them!

cheesiesmom
01-17-2006, 05:53 PM
My Denise set; Lion Brand Baleen (nice points) Brylane, and (drum roll) I just finished a pair of two needle gaunlets on a pair of Brittany birch needles (size 5). They were to die for. Great points, not too heavy, just slippery enough. Love, love, love them.

butterflymama
01-17-2006, 05:54 PM
I just started but so far Brittany needles are my fav! :heart:

CarmenIbanez
01-17-2006, 06:11 PM
I use my interchangables a lot, but my favorites so far are the Susan Bates Quicksilver. They are metal, but with a finish that makes them almost a comination of plastic and metal. But I have never used Addis, so who knows?

jessi_9783
01-18-2006, 03:25 AM
I love my Denise's. They're my favorite because they are so versatile. I also love my Addi Turbo's too, but not nearly as much as I love my Denise's. I learned on bamboo because they came in my how-to kit but I hate them. They are way too draggy. There isn't enough wax paper in the world that can make them usable, IMO.

MrTea
01-19-2006, 03:43 PM
I bought bamboo needles for a while because I like the way they look, but they tend to have a slight bend or warp to them. They are rarely perfectly straight, sometimes they are curved really badly. Knitting with curved needles is really annoying. Inspect your bamboo needles thoroughly before leaving the store.

I like wood the best for larger sizes and aluminum for thinner gauge needles.

LM Needle Fanatic
01-19-2006, 09:53 PM
I have a set of Brittany single points, a set of Brittany double points, and am slowly gathering as many Lantern Moon Ebonys as I can. Love them all but the LM's are so smooth to work with. Besides, one can never have too many needles or too much yarn! :D