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Old 03-17-2011, 12:06 PM   #11
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I too like my metal Knitpicks. I tried one bamboo circular and found that the tips lose their tapered point. I tried to sharpen the points with a pencil sharpener - big mistake - it just splintered.
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:44 PM   #12
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I love addi turbos ... I like Knitpicks also ... not so fond of bamboo anymore
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:04 AM   #13
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I prefer nickel plated needles such as Addi. I always go for metal first.

If my project dictates the use of a wood needle, I go for KnitPicks "Harmony".
They're wood, but not bamboo.

The best bamboo I've ever used is Crystal Palace. They're wonderful.
However, most times they aren't pointy enough for me.
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:02 PM   #14
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Steel or bamboo
I like steel circular for most things, bamboo is nice for baby items. I did a christening gown.

I am using acrilic at the moment on an ARAN knit. I think the slow going is due the ARAN pattern.BUT i always use circular needles for everything.
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:10 PM   #15
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Steel/metal plated, by far. Although I do love my pair of bamboo circulars. But I like to knit tightly, and the steel helps to slip those tight stitches off without giving me "diabetic fingertips"....

...and my least favorite? It's not common, but there's a local yarn shop a block away from me that sells cheap rubber-plated needles....they work in a bind, but I have to push so hard that they actually pierce my fingertips (I know because when I try to get my beloved pickled jalapenos out of a jar, my fingertips burn)
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:53 AM   #16
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I've yet to try bamboo or Knitpicks so I guess that I'll have to vote for metal! Interesting reading everyone's views in this thread though - and Knitpicks seem to come out near the top again and again.
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:27 PM   #17
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i LOVE LOVE LOVE my KP nickel plated options! i don't think i would consider myself a tight knitter, but i love the way the yarn just glides so easily over the join and the needle. ive used plastic - and hated every minute of it - i like bamboo dpns - and would love to add the full set of harmonies to my collection -

when i first started i used boye aluminum they were alright, but HATED the sound they made when the paint started to wear off - eek!
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:37 AM   #18
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I should have titled it "metal" LOL!! I don't know why I said steel. oh well.... I think you all got the idea
I'm knitting up a cardigan now and the yarn is an acrylic/cotton blend and I didn't like using my bamboo needles (while doing swatch). So, I tried a pair of metal ones and LOVE them with this yarn. I have just about every size of circulars in bamboo and now I want metal ones!! Except when doing socks. But I can't afford or see doing that big of a switch. I wish I had the money to buy the addi-clicks set! Someone in my knitting group has a set - looks so handy.
I don't have any problems using my bamboo ones using wool yarns.
I prefer stainless steel over nickel, and actually thought that is what you meant with your topic LOL
HiyaHiya's are stainless steel, great quality in both fixed and interchangeable circs (which swivel), go down to size 2 in interchangeable (smaller in fixed circs) I find the steel slightly less slippery than nickel but not as grabby as bamboo, so it's the perfect world for me. They are also very budget friendly. They aren't as sharp as knitpicks but they are coming out with bamboo and lace tips this coming year.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:13 PM   #19
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It depends, sometimes I like bamboo for slippery yarn, but over all I like nickel plated
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