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Old 02-04-2007, 07:52 PM   #1
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Boye Circular Needles
I accidentally dropped one of the needles I have been using to knit my scarf and, in the process of retrieving it I stepped on it (hey, a truck is a bit cramped ya know). The needle was bent pretty badly. I straightened it but it creased a bit.

As the new Boye circ I bought the other day is the same size I decided to knit the scarf over to the circ and try it out.

I like the feel of the circ even though it is a bit awkward for me at the moment as I am used to handling much longer needles. I can see using circs all of the time once I get used to it.

The thing is, I thought Boye was supposed to be a good brand, or am I wrong about this? The "wire" is basically thick nylon line, like a heavy fishing line or something, and it definitely has some memory to it. It doesn't hang straight at all but has a mind of it's own and wants to bend and curve.

Is it supposed to be like this? Somehow I thought it would be more flexible and pliant. I feel like I'm fighting with the needle as much as trying to knit.

Maybe I just have to get used to it.
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:07 PM   #2
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The Boyes are great for beginners, but I know the cable can feel stiff. I would suggest, once you get better, to but higher quality circular needles, like Addi Turbos or KnitPicks Options
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:08 PM   #3
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i luv my Boye straights, but i gotta tell u, i cannot stand their circular needles

bought a pair of 10 1/2 circs from them and couldn't last more than four rows on any project i tried with them. i couldn't stand fighting with the cable. plus, its really hard to slide to stitches of from the cable to the needle sometimes. i literally had to cut my yarn to get it off one time.

i say you just get a different needle. i've found it pretty much impossible to find any good ones at places like Hobby Lobby and Walmart though.

~sigh~ if they're the only ones you have access to, though, i've heard that putting them in boiling water helps a little . maybe they'll get better with use?

Good luck (and sorry for ranting) hope they work out for you
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:12 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by madametj
i luv my Boye straights, but i gotta tell u, i cannot stand their circular needles

bought a pair of 10 1/2 circs from them and couldn't last more than four rows on any project i tried with them. i couldn't the fighting with the cable. plus, its really hard to slide to stitches of from the cable to the needle sometimes. i literally had to cut my yarn to get it off one time.

i say you just get a different needle. i've found it pretty much impossible to find any good ones at places like Hobby Lobby and Walmart though.

~sigh~ if they're the only ones you have access to, though, i've heard that putting them in boiling water helps a little . maybe they'll get better with use?

Good luck (and sorry for ranting) hope they work out for you
Exactly! In my experience, even the boiling water doesn't work, so the Boye Circulars just suck. But, if that is all you can find, that is what I would use.
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:19 PM   #5
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I put mine in hot coffee because its hotter then my tap water Just put the cable in all the way to needle for 20 30 40 seconds and then when you take it out pull on needle ends till cool,about 20 seconds.And no it hasn't stain my Boyes.So go order up some hot coffe and donuts and dunk your cables first and then your donuts
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:21 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by ContiKnitter
Originally Posted by madametj
i luv my Boye straights, but i gotta tell u, i cannot stand their circular needles

bought a pair of 10 1/2 circs from them and couldn't last more than four rows on any project i tried with them. i couldn't the fighting with the cable. plus, its really hard to slide to stitches of from the cable to the needle sometimes. i literally had to cut my yarn to get it off one time.

i say you just get a different needle. i've found it pretty much impossible to find any good ones at places like Hobby Lobby and Walmart though.

~sigh~ if they're the only ones you have access to, though, i've heard that putting them in boiling water helps a little . maybe they'll get better with use?

Good luck (and sorry for ranting) hope they work out for you
Exactly! In my experience, even the boiling water doesn't work, so the Boye Circulars just suck. But, if that is all you can find, that is what I would use.
when i tried the water, it straightened them out a little, but it was still reeally stiff and in a few minutes it just curled right back up again.

you may also want to consider ordering a few sizes of the Denise needles. Since, you're a beginner you may have trouble with dropping stitches on the KnitPicks Options, they're very slippery.
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Thanks, that explains my experience here. I was just looking at the Knitpicks Options on their website. I think I'll just order the kit and go from there.

I'll keep fighting with this Boye until I can get to a store and buy a replacement for the one I bent. I'm sure it's usable enough, I just think that the stitches will be catching on that crease I put it in. Maybe I'll knit it back over to them and try it, this cable really is stiff.

Can anyone who has ordered from Knitpicks tell me how long it normally takes to receive the order from them? That will determine whether I have them shipped to my home in Florida or my office in Wisconsin.
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:39 PM   #8
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we have all had varying experiences with KP. If I order using the free shipping it takes well over a week almost two weeks to get stuff to me. Whenever I have enough to qualify for the free shipping I spring for the extra $8 to get the faster shipping. It is 3 day select from UPS and I usually get it in 2 days it seems then. (I am in Nebraska btw.)
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:44 PM   #9
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I bought a Boye circular for my first one and I ended up hating it. I bought the Denise Interchangeables and like those much better. I also have several of Knitpicks circs and Addis.
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Old 02-04-2007, 08:50 PM   #10
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My Denises'... I like the feel of resin/ plastic ... it's not cold like metal(IMHO) and it's not hard~~
I sprung for Denises' back in Sept.. I have been using them ever since~~!! Love em'
the only time I have used straights since is when my DB and his wife gave me Boye's 13/17/ straights and lovely YARN~!!
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