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Old 02-15-2006, 06:29 AM   #11
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Old 02-15-2006, 07:50 AM   #12
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I feel for your dpn trouble.
I found I really like the balene needles. They ARE flexible - but not droopy. Like the others I have had trouble with metal, and bamboo and wood were too skicky. I thought the balene was a happy compromise.
Funny but I dont like balene for straight needle work except the dpns!
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:15 AM   #13
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I have a suggestion but not for needles - stores! I believe that you have a couple of LYS in Co. Springs but... it's always nice to know where others are!

You may already know about these two but I discovered one of them on my recent "vacation". I went to the "Red Wheel" in Castle Rock where we were staying. It's a bit up the road for you but it is right off of 25 - the exit before the outlet mall coming up from Colorado Springs. She has a lovely selection of beautiful yarns (exotic and basic) and needles as well as spinning supplies! It was VERY quiet when we were there (right at the holidays) and I believe that I spoke with the owner. She was quite helpful and even put down her own knitting to talk with me!
If you are up for a bit of a road trip - my SIL swears that the "Strawberry Tree" is THE place to go. It's also off of 25 but more into town - on Monaco near Evans. We didn't make it to this one and I was not happy but... I heard very good things.

Good luck with the replacement needles. I would end up buying every kind until I found what I really liked but that was before all of these wonderful people with wonderful suggestions came into my life!

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Old 02-15-2006, 10:17 AM   #14
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I just thought I would let you know that polymer is used in sculpting, as in this. No, that isn't a real baby!-but he was sculpted out of polymer, so it is no surprise (to me anyway, sorry!!) that your dpns are so floppy.

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Old 02-15-2006, 10:47 AM   #15
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A "polymer" is a compund of linked units. They occur spontaneously in nature and through the wonders of chemistry. DNA, casein (from cow's milk), cellulose, and starch are all polymers. As are rayon, polyester, and polystyrene. So don't be afraid of the word polymer, it's a general term.

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Old 02-15-2006, 10:51 AM   #16
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Balene! that's what they are...maybe the larger sizes are sturdier, the sz 3's are just too flexible for me. :(

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Old 02-15-2006, 02:32 PM   #17
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Well, Knitting on the Go is sending me replacement needles at no charge. Apparently, I am not the first to complain about them and the manufacturer made some changes to the polymer. I'm willing to give them a try, but I did buy some Brittany 5" dpns from one of my LYS. The lady at the store told me that if they broke, I could bring them back in for a replacement. Wooohooo!

Ang, I did know about the stores in Castle Rock. We made an impromptu trip to the outlet mall there and I had quickly looked up the yarn shops in the area. The only problem was that we spent too much time at the outlets and then the shops were closed. :( Next time, I will go there FIRST! We moved to the Springs on Dec 19 (from Southern CA) so we would've loved some company for Christmas. Next time!

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Old 02-15-2006, 04:15 PM   #18
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That's horrible... I have a pair of the comfort zones that are size ones, and I haven't had problems with them, other than them being very flexible.
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OH, Sara--I was waiting for someone to mention Bryspuns!! I LOVE their little 5" dpns!! I think I ordered mine from Elann....I don't think I'll ever use anything to knit socks with again but the Bryspuns--they have just the right amount of flex for me, the stitches don't slip off, yet they slide off when you knit them. I also have some little short Brittaney's (sp!) that I love!! They are either birch or bamboo--maybe birch is correct. Metal needles have NO flex at all, and they are slippery as far as stitches slipping off when you least expect it!! Metal ones I have seem especially hard on my hands!

The hardest thing I find is KEEPINGUP WITH MY DPNS!! I'm always losing one in the sofa, in my recliner, under the bed, at the doctor's office, etc. :rollseyes: I need to order more Bryspuns now, I just keep LOSING things!! Ahh!! Darn it--getting old is a PITA!!!
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