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Old 01-17-2006, 10:02 AM   #11
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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. :(
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Old 01-17-2006, 10:03 AM   #12
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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!
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Old 01-17-2006, 11:24 AM   #13
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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
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Old 01-17-2006, 11:30 AM   #14
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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!
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Originally Posted by Arugula
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.
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Old 01-17-2006, 11:37 AM   #16
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Addi's are #1; Inox & Susan Bates Quicksilver #2......a ways behind my addis
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Old 01-17-2006, 11:54 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Darhain
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!
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.
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Old 01-17-2006, 12:07 PM   #18
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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

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!

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Addi Turbos, mostly. super slick and fast.

but for smoother yarns, I like my Clover Bamboo.
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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.
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