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Old 11-05-2006, 02:45 PM   #1
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DPNs & Other Domestic Disturbances...
Now that I’ve reached the heady heights of hat-knitting (ouch, - sorry), I’ve been trying to get a grip of those javelins for the vertically-challenged, known by some incurable optimists as DPNs.

The only metal I know of that can travel that far and that fast is a bullet. No sooner had I scooped the stitches back on the three-legged beast (couldn’t get the fourth needle to come out and play at all), than it spun round and headed for the hubby with the deadly accuracy of a heat-seeking missile. (He’ll be okay, thanks – it was mainly the shock to his nervous system that upset him a bit.)

Anyway, onwards and upwards and keep trying – well, that lasted all of five minutes – I mean, it’s one thing to endanger the hubby’s life and limbs but it’s another when Hatty Cat almost got harpooned snoozing on the hearth-rug.

I popped the pesky things into a cupboard – hoping to get them out later when things had settled down a bit - but does anyone know how to un-nail a cupboard door?

Yours with a tin hat,


For anybody else rash enough to try their luck with these lethalities – popping children’s plastic beads on the ends of them makes them slightly less anti-social and helps the stitches stay in place.

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Old 11-05-2006, 03:20 PM   #2
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That was seriously one of the reasons I went the magic loop route in place of DPNs -- fewer pointy things about the house.

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Old 11-05-2006, 03:41 PM   #3
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Bamboo DPNs are slightly less endangering of one's family and pets...
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Old 11-05-2006, 03:50 PM   #4
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That's why I usually only use metal dpns when I'm knitting yarn which is rough and needs to glide easily on the needles. I do agree with Kelly - bamboo! But alas, I have none as of yet. I use Balene plastic Dpns usually.

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Old 11-05-2006, 03:52 PM   #5
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I've not tried metal double points, I use the bamboo ones. One evening I couldn't find one. I looked and looked. I looked around in all the locations where I had done my knitting. Then I shrugged and went o bed. The next day I looked some more. That evening I found it! Ithad poked itself into in a pillow with one end sticking out and had probably been there all night and we are very lucky that no one had gotten poked in the eye or something in the night. Crazy, huh?
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Old 11-05-2006, 04:02 PM   #6
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I enjoy Metal DPN a sligh bit less than those clear plastic needles by Susan something
the plastic ones that actually Stick to the yarn
I like the bamboo cheep ones in LONG, then i cut in half and have one end round tipped, and one end pointy
but then again i am an odd duck

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Old 11-05-2006, 04:15 PM   #7
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Love the humor in your post!

When I first started I could NOT get the hang of the metal DPNs I had at the time. I decided to try magic loop and two circs and that worked fine. I felt like it was slower though because I had to keep adjusting the needles/stitches. Soooo awhile back I bought some bamboo DPNs and gave it another try and wow what a difference. The needles don't fall out of the stitches anymore! Now I'm even starting projects like tiny hats or socks on DPNs! Woooo! You can do it!

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Old 11-05-2006, 04:52 PM   #8
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I agree -- bamboo is much less lethal!

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Old 11-05-2006, 04:56 PM   #9
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I've never had a problem with DPNs. Nope. Not one. I get my jollies from armwrestling the steel porcupined monsters. ^_~

Seriously, I prefer magic loop or 2 circs at all costs. I've never found DPNs to be lethal, per se, just ill advised for those who have the slightest impairment -- such as mortality or permeable flesh.

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Old 11-05-2006, 05:54 PM   #10
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I like the bamboos too. I have a set of metal ones but I never use them.

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