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Old 01-28-2005, 02:25 PM   #1
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Does brand name matter with needles?
I found a set of bamboo needles (sized 4-12) at Crafters Choice for $35. That seemed like a good price, but I am wondering if that is TOO good of a price?

Does the brand of needles matter a lot that anyone has noticed?
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Old 01-28-2005, 04:14 PM   #2
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Nuno930,
Some people are very picky about their needles, others are not. With wooden needles you run a couple risks:
1. The wood can splinter making knitting almost impossible
2. The joins to the cables can be inferior, also leading to useless needles.

If you are looking for a good set of interchangables, the two most popular are the Boyle and the Denise (metal and plastic respectively).

I would probably recommend that you stick with either of these brands.

I hope that helps,
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Old 01-28-2005, 04:20 PM   #3
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I haven't worked with anything beyond metal right now, but here's a word of advice from the lady at my new fav LYS. I was out shopping for dpn's and I was going to get wood, because I heard the yarn doesn't slip off of them as easily as metal. She recommended that I stick with the metal, at least for now since I'm so new to knitting, because I would have a greater chance of breaking the wooden ones (they were a small size). I bought the metal ones.
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Old 01-28-2005, 05:03 PM   #4
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It really does depend on how picky you are. I, of course, am extremely picky. I purchased a set of bamboo knitting needles inexpensively online and also purchased a Lantern Moon needle at the same time. The difference was incredible.

I really don't like the bamboo set. The yarn doesn't want to slide on them at all. This was a single point set and I've been slowly replacing them.

I do like Clover, Suzanne and Lantern Moon quite a bit, for wooden needles. I don't like aluminum and haven't tried plastic, but a good set of bamboo will probably be my staple. I do love Lantern Moon, but they are awfully long and pricey. (Now, if they come out with circulars, I'm in trouble!)
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Re: Does brand name matter with needles?
Originally Posted by Nuno930
I found a set of bamboo needles (sized 4-12) at Crafters Choice for $35. That seemed like a good price, but I am wondering if that is TOO good of a price?

Does the brand of needles matter a lot that anyone has noticed?
WOW!!! $35 for needles

I understand that wooden needles are more expensive than metal or plastic, but the most expensive that I've seen was $20 ... at one of the LYS around here. They are severe snobs by the way

I never cease to be stick-shocked ...
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Old 01-28-2005, 05:24 PM   #6
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EK -

That is for the whole set. Sizes 4-12 plus (a rather tacky) carrying case.


I do prefer bamboo vs. plastic or metal.... Hmmm, i guess i can get them and send them back if I don't like them.
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Originally Posted by Nuno930
EK -

That is for the whole set. Sizes 4-12 plus (a rather tacky) carrying case.
Ooooohhh
I thought that was just for one pair of needles. So I'm really shocked with the LYS because they wanted $20 for one pair of wooden needles.
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Price really depends on the needles. I've found that the higher priced needles have good warranties and I've liked the needles better. Lantern Moon go for around $20, if you're lucky.
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Originally Posted by Nuno930
EK -

That is for the whole set. Sizes 4-12 plus (a rather tacky) carrying case.
Ooooohhh
I thought that was just for one pair of needles. So I'm really shocked with the LYS because they wanted $20 for one pair of wooden needles.
Yeah, see that is why I am thinking it is TOO good of a deal. :?
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Originally Posted by Marnie
If you are looking for a good set of interchangables, the two most popular are the Boyle and the Denise (metal and plastic respectively).
What a nice name for knitting needles

Foldedbird/Denise hehe
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