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Old 02-15-2006, 12:33 AM   #1
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susan bates circular
Has anyone tried these? I them!!!! The coil is VERY soft and durable. I have NeedleMaster but I need 16 inch and with the needles on they measure 18 or 20. So I have to buy the 16s in all the needle sizes. My birthday is next week so guess what I'm asking for ? Very fexible and don't coil back up.Wish everyone used this coil!!!!!


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Old 02-15-2006, 10:12 AM   #2
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Susan Bates makes 2 kinds of circulars - silvalume and quicksilver. I really love the silvalume ones for the reasons you say - the cables are really flexible. The quicksilvers are ok, but the cable on them seems to be a little stiffer.
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:17 AM   #3
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They are my favorite circulars. I don't think you can find a better circular for the money. The points don't keep poking a hole in my fingers. Am still adding Susan Bates to my needle collection in spite of having a needle master set. Hoping the points on the larger Needlemaster will be just as gentle as Susan Bates. Am trying thimble patches with my Needlemaster until I get all sizes needed in Susan Bates needles.
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I have mostly Silvalume. Have one that is plastic or resin...not aluminum...haven't used it yet...hope it is as great as the Silvalume. Really wish Susan Bates would make an interchangeable set.
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Susan Bates makes Silverado, Silvalume and Quick Silver. The QuickSilver are grey needles with clear plastic cords. I don't like them, they feel weird in my hands. The Silvalume are aluminum needles with clear plastic cord. These ones are okay. The Silverado ones are the ones I love. thay have the flexable, black cord. The Silvalume and Silverado come in the same pink packaging and the Quick Silver comes in blue packaging.
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The Needlemaster set is actually made by Boye.

But since we're on the topic of Susan Bates I have as set of Quicksilvers and find the cord stiff and that even after boiling I don't like how coiled it is. The needle part itself is fine but the join is not as smooth as I'd like. I'm knitting a sock on two size two 16" Quicksilvers and it is a pain switching between needles because of the join.

Thanks for the other Susan Bates recommendations. I ordered some Addi Turbos and Bryspuns and I'll let you know how they are. (Though I've heard so many great things about the Addis I expect they will be fantastic.)

The cords and the joins are so important I am finding.

Edit - if you are going to go out and buy a bunch of 16" needles it would be very economical to get the Denise set. They are fantastic! The sizes included range from 5-15 however the size 5 is the same size as the cord so I don't find it as comfy as the rest.
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I have looked at the Denise set and don't like the plastic needles. I'm a die hard metal fan, but thanks for the advise :D

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