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Old 04-06-2012, 08:40 PM   #21
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I have an old fishing tackle binder that I use for my circular needles.
Aha! I knew there was some way I could combine my love of fishing with knitting! GREAT idea--except my husband may object to the conversion since he thinks fishing tackles are for . . . . ummm . . . well, fishing!

Another point of intersection for knitting and fishing is when I used fishing swivels as stitch markers. I still prefer the string ones I made, but swivels work in a pinch (like when you're away from home and need markers really badly and the only thing you can find is a tackle box).
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:09 PM   #22
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Well, guess I should also jump in here: I've used the Knit Picks, both the metal and wooden ones which were just fine. I tried the newer Knitter's Pride in both the metal and the wooden ones (round and cubics). I like the cables in both of these; however, I just bit the bullet recently and ordered a set of the Addi Lace Clicks Long Tip set and I am LOVIN' them. Just today I did order a couple of extra cables, extenders and end stoppers. It is an investment but I am so happy with the way the new Addi Lace needles perform. They DO NOT split the yarn (currently working on heavy worsted-type wool) and notice a tremendous difference after changing over to the new needles from the former ones on the same project. I will keep the other needles, as undoubtedly I will find uses for them but after having tried the newer ones I am sold 150%. Oh, by the way, a few years back prior, I guess, to the Addi changeables I had several sets of the fixed cables and did NOT like them at all as the cables were far too stiff, not so today. To each his own, but I found mine.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:01 PM   #23
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I've also had some problems with the Knit Picks cables breaking. The plastic part pulls out of the metal connector, often leaving dozens of stitches in the wake. This has happened 4-5 times and it is sooooo aggravating.

But the truth is, I'm a weirdo and prefer straights over circs anytime I can get away with it. Except when I make socks - I use magic loop. I have the non-interchangeable Knit Picks Harmony for that and I LOVE it.
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:34 AM   #24
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The only trouble I had with Knit Picks cables coming loose, breaking away from the metal thing was when I had 300-450 aran weight stitches on the 60" cable for my log cabin blanket, those lonnnnnnnnnnng outer logs!

I had to tug and pull the stitches along.....and SNAP!!! Darn cable let loose and I had a hot mess on my hands. Fortunately, I only had garter stitches on the cannes, easy to pick up. Tedious, but easy.

Had it happen again, too. Same scenario. So I've given up on using Knit Picks 42" & 60" cables for those 300+ stitches projects. I just cram them onto a 32".

I've tried "connecting" my Addi Clicks together to make a 50-60" cable, but that 3.5" metal connector is annoying as it slides back and forth through the stitches. It kinda snags.

So back to Plan A: the 32" cable of either brand.
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:53 AM   #25
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Always hold the cable to slide the stitches along. Never hold the needle end. It puts too much stress on the cable join.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:47 AM   #26
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I'd be considered fairly new to knitting...I don't as yet do anything fancy, but I'd like to.

I started knitting on the cheap needles from Walmart and finally broke down and asked for a set of nice interchangeables for Mother's Day 2 years ago. My little girl (via daddy) bought me a set of the KNitPicks nickel options and I love them. I've not had a cable of theirs break and the needles glide through the yarns I've used to date.

1000% better than those cheap Walmart needles!
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:05 PM   #27
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What sort of needle case did you get, Jan--for the Knitpicks set? I can't seem to keep my cables in anything--and especially the fixed ones for socks. Got any ideas or a picture or link to the case you got? I'd like to try the addies--but I can't afford them either, but the long Knitpicks cable for Magic Loop kind of gets in the way--not as "soft" as I'd like it to be
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So--would the Addi Lace be good for knitting socks in Magic loop, do you think?
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:45 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by Ellen Edwards View Post
What sort of needle case did you get, Jan--for the Knitpicks set? I can't seem to keep my cables in anything--and especially the fixed ones for socks. Got any ideas or a picture or link to the case you got? I'd like to try the addies--but I can't afford them either, but the long Knitpicks cable for Magic Loop kind of gets in the way--not as "soft" as I'd like it to be
I do magic loop all the time with my Options. Guess it's personal choice.

Here's where I got my needle case. I know 4 other people who use them and they all love them. I have the original case, not the multi-knitting case. I can fit almost two sets in the one I have and I prefer the snap to any other closure. She doesn't have them, but I HATE ties!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/rosevans?section_id=6277487

This is another Etsy site that has almost identical ones. They are a little more money, but look very well made.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/southernwoo...ion_id=7036358

Both sites now have numbers as well. I think they will either sell you the numbers or you can have her iron them on for you.

ETA: I take my fixed circs and just loop them around themselves and pop them in a longer slot at the top. I don't have any trouble with them. The cables go in those for me as well.
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hi, I am wondering if you could ask someone else to screw them together. The reason I say this is because I have an issue with my muscle strength at times and it is actually quite common. There is a possibility that if you have a bit of arthritis (in hands or neck), carpel tunnel or any bit of inflammation it can lead to muscle weakness. I first noticed mine when I was using scissors. I kept sending the scissors out for sharpening thinking that they were dull when all along my fingers were too weak to cut sutures. If I was quite busy with my hands I noticed I had trouble picking things up. If I rested my hands for a moment or two then I could resume the task. I can't trust myself to adequately tighten anything unless I rested my hands for a few moments to renew the strength in them.

Just a thought as others have said that they don't have problems with their set.
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