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Old 05-06-2006, 01:51 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. Silver has me thinking about socks...alot. I hit the LYS yesterday and ohhhhhhhhhh, those sock yarns just JUMPED into my basket and when I tried to get them out it got ugly so I had to buy them. I get credit for not allowing all the yarn I wanted to jump in though.

What are your favoite DPNs for socks? AND (if ya'll don't mind another question) if you want a different color for the toe, heel, and top do you just start another color as you would on any other project?

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Old 05-06-2006, 01:55 PM   #2
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:rofling: don't ya just hate when the yarn does that?? I just wish my dh would belive me and not think I had anything to do with it :rofling:

I like to use bamboo DPNs for socks.. I think its easier to keep the sts on the metal ones I have trouble with them slipping off.. I haven't tried the different colors so I'm not sure on that one.. I would prolly just start it like any color change lol but that might not be right

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Old 05-06-2006, 02:12 PM   #3
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I agree with bamboo for dpns. I love my slick Addis for regular knitting, but for dpns, I find bamboo is much better--no falling out.

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Old 05-06-2006, 02:42 PM   #4
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:D LOL, I completely understand! My sweet hubby is often the one buying the yarn
My fave dpns for socks are 6" Inox
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Old 05-07-2006, 10:48 AM   #5
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I use wood or bamboo for the same slipperyness issue.

And yes, if you want different color toes and heels, you can just do it as you normally would. Some of the hand dyed and self patterning yarn though might give you a little bit of the "toe a different color effect" depending on how it was dyed (width of stripes).
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Old 05-07-2006, 11:03 AM   #6
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I'm a bamboo DPN fan, too. I tried metal first and was so frustrated!!

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Old 05-07-2006, 11:07 AM   #7
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I love Lantern Moon ebony, but they are a bit pricey! So far they are my all time favorite.

I also use Addi Natura (when I want a less pricey option). I didn't like these at first because for bamboo they are quick slick.. I think they may have a resin coating, but the more I use them the more I like them. Very light weight and they don't seem to warp as easily as some other bamboo needles I have used. has free shipping even if you are just ordering a set or two of needles, so that can be a good place to get needles without adding on the cost of a set again from shipping!

I find rosewoods, once I get down to a size 1 or 0 to be too brittle, and break too easily.

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Old 05-07-2006, 11:10 AM   #8
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I use Crystal Palace bamboo on projects that take a 3 or larger. But I like to do socks on really small diameter needles -- 00's aren't out of the question. It's really difficult to find wood/bamboo needles that small, so I end up using metal. Inox is the best so far, but I'm still experimenting.
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Old 05-07-2006, 11:52 AM   #9
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I've not yet purchased any bamboo dpn's. I have a bunch of metal ones I bought off eBay when I was a newbie knitter (icky, too slicky). Since I don't have a LYS, and I was anxious to try my hand at socks, I simply made my own using dowel rods from Home Depot, following Amy's instructional video. They work great for me, and I use them all the time. :D
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Old 05-07-2006, 12:28 PM   #10
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I like bamboo, and the Brittany birch dpn's.

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