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Old 08-19-2009, 11:30 PM   #1
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bare minimum to be prepared...
I went to the book store yestereday and decided to pick up a couple of knitting mags. While I'm not ready yet to start making a lot of the items that I saw, I still like to read the patterns and see what is needed to make all the different garments. What I came away with was a question...

What would be the bare minimum of knitting supplies (yarn not included) that I would need to be able to knit a variety of items at a moments notice? Right now, I have only a set of size 8 aluminium straight needles that are 13 inches and a set of size 5 24 inch circs and I know that I can't do a lot of things until I upgrade. However, I can't spend hundreds of dollars getting every size and length of needle right away. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:56 PM   #2
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Well.... knitpicks just came out with a interchangeable set of acrylic needles for just under $45. That may seem like a lot, but it gets you every size from 4 to 11 with cords to make 2 different lengths so that's effectively 18 circular needles. Or more. Big savings. You can easily knit flat on circs as well as in the round, many of us don't even use straight needles anymore. That will take you a long way toward having everything you need, and the reviews on them have been mostly favorable.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:33 AM   #3
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Thanks so much suze! That is just the kind of information that I was looking for. I am not sure yet about what is a good deal for supplies, but that is about the same price that I was looking at for a set of straights and a set of DPNs so I think I just might grab those. Thanks a lot!
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:20 AM   #4
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If you add a set of small double point needles you will be set. Knitpicks has a set of dp needles on sale for just under $30. It has 6 sizes with 6 needles in each size. They use the metric ans US sizes so the set has 2 sets of # 1's and 2's. Add the three larger size acrylic needles not included in the set (sizes 13, 15 and 17) and you will be set for any pattern.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:07 AM   #5
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You generally won't need dpns. With 2 cords you can work small in the round items with 2 circs, or use the longer cord and Magic Loop.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:56 AM   #6
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Letsknit, I'm in the same boat as you. I am a fairly new knitter, and everytime I start a new project, I'm spending an extra $10+ just on needles. Yarn is expensive enough! So I have placed an order with Knit Picks and purchased a set of the Zephyr's. I don't have them yet, so I can't comment on how much I like them, but I've never knitted with really good quality needles (such as Addi's), so I'm sure I won't be disappointed. I also just figured out how to magic loop, so I will no longer be using DPN's, which I dislike very much! Good luck with the knitting!
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:07 AM   #7
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Another place to look for needles is your thrift store. If you are lucky and have a good one (for knitting supplies) you can often find all kinds of needles there. My recent score was 2 pair of Addi size 6 turbo needles for $3.99 total. I got a small bag of circs for $2.99, about five pair. I've gotten 75% of my needles at my local thrift store. All kinds too, dpns, circ and straight. And now I have a ton of needles and haven't had to buy for the project again, which I did last year when I was just starting.
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Old 08-22-2009, 11:03 AM   #8
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Lucky! I never find knitting stuff at the thrift store.

I actually like knitting with DPNs. I get bored easily so I'll usually do one sock on DPNs (which is really my favorite) and one on ML. Sometimes I use 2 circs just to be different. If you're trying to save money you can definitely start without DPNS. KnitPicks is very affordable and I love their stuff. I got one pair of the new needles and I'm not crazy about them. I prefer the nickel-plated over those or the Harmonies. I tend to knit tightly and they're nice and slippery.
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