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Old 04-23-2006, 06:52 PM   #1
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Hi fellow sisters and brothers:
Please help a real dummy here. All I ever used were size 10 aluminum and size 10 bamboo dpn's. I don't like either material. Now, what is interchangable needles and what are they for? Why are some straight ones longer than others? What is the most durable and smoothest? Any input is welcome.
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Old 04-23-2006, 07:02 PM   #2
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There is a huge thread in the forum here that you can read and get some insight.

Everyone has their favorites so and some of them depend on what yarn you are using.

Me? I like bamboo DPN's because the yarn doesn't slide off as easily as it does on the metal ones. Until I bought bamboo I'd just about given up learning to use them. Now it's a breeze.

I also have some Denise Interchangeables. Interchangeables are needles and cords that you can mix up for either circular knitting or flat. I like mine, but the yarn doesn't always go easily on the cords.

I also have several Addi Turbos which I love, but they are very expensive unless you buy them on ebay.
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Old 04-23-2006, 07:10 PM   #3
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I don't have interchangeables, mainly because by the time I found out about them, I already had so many.

Jan covered most of it, but I want to point out that you can use circular needles and dpns for all your knitting. You really don't need straights at all.

I love my Addi's--very slick and smooth with a flexible cord. I, too, like bamboo for dpns, though.
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Old 04-23-2006, 08:06 PM   #4
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Everyone has their own faves. I love Brittany birch; much nicer than bamboo and a set of Denise interchangeable circs, which I wouldn't give up for anything. However, unlike Ingrid, Iwill purchase more needles (Addi's are my next on the list) even tho' I already have them. (Bad gladys, bad, bad!!)
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The best thing you can do, really, is try out different needles and see what works best for you. I'm an addi turbo fan and I like Brittany birch dpns. I don't really use straights so much anymore although I do have many sizes and lengths just in case...there are so many brands, etc. out there that I'd recommend finding a knitting buddy and seeing if they'd mind loaning you a pair that you've never tried before...kind of a try before you buy kind of thing...
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I've been recommending the Denise Interchangeable set because of its very flexible cables, which are easier on the wrists, and the convenient 17" cable needle length, which is 3" shorter than other sets, and a great size for hats.

If you're interested in the Denise set, stay tuned, I'll be selling them on this site starting this week. Not only that, but I'll be offering a Rainbow Colored set (same Denise set, in vibrant color), which will be available only on this site!
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Well, I'm jealous. My Denises are grey and black/blue? Vibrant colors sounds cool.
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How cool! Can't wait to see the colored ones.
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argh why did I buy my denise's last week! Rainbow coloured sounds excellent =D
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Thanks for all your help. Here are more questions from me:
- Isn't straight the same as dpn?
- Why some needles are longer than others?
- Is there material like bamboo (I see some likings here) but smoother? The reason I didn't like it is because the pair I used scratched my jacket !

Amy: I am waiting axiously
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