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Old 10-08-2006, 10:54 PM   #1
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knit picks sock yarn & dpn?
Has anyone tried Knit Picks simple stripes or dancing or essential yarn for knitting socks? AND has anyone tried their dpn? (for sock knitting) What are your thoughts on their product, do any of the above yarns feel like opal?
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Old 10-09-2006, 01:29 AM   #2
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Dancing takes a bit of playing with. It's a good sock yarn, though. Haven't tried the dpns, but would be afraid that they'd slide out of the yarn. I have little ones, so I'm always running to grab the project. Hate when the needles fall out!
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Old 10-09-2006, 07:12 AM   #3
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I have a set of the DPNs and love them. When I first got them I thought, "You've got to be kidding" and just KNEW the needles would slide out. After knitting with them I've found I love them. I did have a little trouble with the sliding out stuff before I learned them, but once I did they are wonderful to work with. I've since ordered more of them.

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Old 10-09-2006, 09:04 AM   #4
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I'm knitting gloves on the DPNs and thng they are terrific! Bamboo bends too much for me. These hold up great!

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Old 10-09-2006, 09:14 AM   #5
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I've never tried the DPNs (and prolly won't since they're metal) but I've tried all 3 of those yarns and love all 3 of them. I'm using the Essential Tweed now, it works up smallish for me (as in the yarn thins out a lot when I knit with it, but not in a bad way). My stitches seems smaller with it than the others, but I'm using a size 3 circ this time compared to the usual 2 size 2 circs I usually use. (I'm doing Magic Loop this time)

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Old 10-09-2006, 11:14 AM   #6
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I like Simple Stripes and Essential (love the Tweed). I used Opal to make a pair of socks, but I don't really remember enough about the experience to compare them. After some trips through the washer, the finished socks feel about the same.
I tried to use Dancing to make a pair of socks, but I kept messing it up and ripping it out (not the fault of the yarn) and it's made it back in my stash box.
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Old 10-09-2006, 12:40 PM   #7
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I have tried Dancing and Simple Stripes and liked both very much, found no major problems. I purchased the KP dpn in sock sizes even though I love my brittanys. I was having some problems with k2tog and ssk in a lace sock pattern with the woodens dpns so I gave the Options a try. They are very pointy and pick up those stitches very easily. The smaller size (1) doesn't bend as much. I'm always a little afraid of snapping the birches. However the pointy tip sometimes hurts my finger when I push the tip back when I'm knitting (apparently something I do unconsciously).

I did have problems CO and the first row or 2 with them dropping out, but I simply CO with my birches and switch to the Options after completing a couple of rounds. Once I'm started, the needles don't fall out. I don't know why.

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Old 10-09-2006, 01:12 PM   #8
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At first I really like the knitpicks DPNs, my mom on the other hand doesn't. The biggest difference is that I knit tighter than she does.

The only reason I say "at first" is because after using it for a couple patterns the coating started to 'tarnish' (so to speak) and stopped being so quick and wonderfully smooth. This is probably just a PH thing with my skin . I have heard of other people with a similar problem, but it seems these are few and far between. I'd still ike to see if there's a way to restore the finish without removing too much of the coating or using harsh chemicals.

If it hadn't been for my problems with the finish and the fact that I'm not comfortable using such sharp pointy little needles in the car, they would probably be my favorite DPN needle! The tips are SUPER sharp so great for lacework! Once I got used to how slick they were I could knit really fast on them! (except now the finish is a little grabby )

They're pretty inexpensive as far as DPNs go, so I would give it a shot, order a set of 1s (2.5mm - my favorite sock size!) or 2s (my other prefered sock size) and see how you like them! Chances are you won't have the problem I did with the finish.

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Old 10-09-2006, 01:53 PM   #9
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I have tried Simple Stripes and Dancing. I like the pattern of the Simple Stripes. It's an ok sock yarn as far as the quality goes. I ordered two different colors. One was fine but the other had some sloppy dyeing on it. I didn't have any problems knitting with the Dancing but I didn't like the colors very much. All in all I prefer to spend a few more dollars and get something like Trekking. The Knitpicks yarns do not seem as well spun to me and I have concerns that they won't last as long.
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I loved my Brittany birch dpns until I tried the dpns from Knit they are my fav hands down!
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