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Old 11-08-2010, 11:36 PM   #1
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bent bamboo needles
I have some bamboo needles and up until fairly recently I was completly in love now I've knoticed that not only are they bent, but I've managed to get about 5 splinters from them as well. Should I trash these for metal or plastic or just deal with it?
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:43 PM   #2
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Wood needles can bend especially the smaller diameter ones. Are you a tight knitter because I think that exacerbates the problem.
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:29 AM   #3
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I never had a problem until recently I bought 2mm bamboo dpns.
I thought it was just too late at night and I was having a bad cold. But I could not get over the feeling that something about that new cast on (Italian tubular) was just wrong.
Well, one of the 5 needles was really flexible, the other 4 were fine. No wonder I thought of a spook.

If you are getting splinters: Do not use them anymore. You will hurt yourself, your knitting and your speed.

If they are bend, only, it depends on how well you can work with them (I am not happy with that)
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:05 PM   #4
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Did they get wet?
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I have some bamboo needles and up until fairly recently I was completly in love now I've knoticed that not only are they bent, but I've managed to get about 5 splinters from them as well. Should I trash these for metal or plastic or just deal with it?

They may have gotten wet and warped as they dried, but the splinters suggest that they may have started breaking from being bent. I lost a set of plastic needles because one of my children stepped or sat upon my knitting bag.

If they are small diameter, then I'd just replace them. If your budget is tight and you have extra chop sticks, then you could make your own by sanding the chop sticks down to the diameter of your bent needles.

If they are a larger diameter, you might be able to sand out the splinters as you sand them to a smaller diameter.

Metal can bend too and plastic will bend and break also. I try to wrap my work around the needles before I put the UFO back in my bag. I am looking for a needle wrap for storing mine when they are not in use.

Good luck.
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