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Old 04-04-2007, 10:22 PM   #1
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:26 PM   #2
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I'm not that fond of them myself. They're overly expensive, and break VERY easily. Or, at least, the ones gifted to me, as well as the ones I bought (LYS didn't have metal dpns at the time), all snapped very easily.

Size 6 straights shouldn't snap in your hands while you're knitting. If you sit/step on them, yes, while knitting, no.
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:36 PM   #3
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Depending on the yarn, I prefer them. They don't slide very easily with 100% cotton, but I use them for mostly everything else I knit. I've never had any break at all
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:41 PM   #4
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Yikes... I've had the opposite experience that RD had. They were the first bamboo needles I ever bought and I was delighted at the "down home natural" feeling I got about learning to knit and using wooden needles. I have all types though, metal, resin and bamboo. I'm not a big fan of cheepy plastic and I have several pairs of "fancy" wooden/bamboo needles I've bought when I shop at yarn stores when on a trip. I have some pretty thin clovers that have a very negligible bend to them but I've seen that in other fine gauge needles too. the only ones of mine that broke (brittany burch size 5) was due to an overstuffed bag and a clover set that one broke out of stration but i've never had a clover or any other snap during usage. I also have several clover circ that I think are ok. i don't much care for the stiff cable, but with a little hot water, they work just dandy when i need a grippier needle.
In summary...I like Clover bamboo
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:43 PM   #5
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Old 04-04-2007, 10:54 PM   #6
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I have a set of size 2 DPNs, and while they did bend a good bit while I was knitting socks with them, they didn't break. I also have some "jumper" needles (straight needles with cords at the end to hold a lot of stitches) in sizes 6, 7, and 8. I got those in a swap, and I've enjoyed working with them.

RiverDaughter, you might want to email or call the Clover company about your brittle needle - they may send you some replacements. I know I heard of one company that will replace broken needles, but I don't remember what it was - either Clover or Brittany, I think.
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:04 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by psammeadred
RiverDaughter, you might want to email or call the Clover company about your brittle needle - they may send you some replacements.
I bought a set of KPOptions instead. Though the size 6 needles were from Seattle, and the dpns from WY, so I always assumed it was an entire company wide bad needle thing. Meh, maybe I knit differently that everyone else, I was a crocheter for many long years first.
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:07 AM   #8
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I like their bamboo dpns. I've never had a problem with them but bamboo doesn't break easily. As far as flat knitting is concerned I use my Options.



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I have one set of Clover straights and one set of DPNs. I love both. I've been tempted to add to my Clover collection. Until recently Clover was the only bamboo needles I used. Bought some more bamboo needles on eBay thinking all bamboo would be pretty much the same--WRONG. Clovers have some kind of finish on them that I find give just the right amount of slip.

On the other hand, I'm a terrible one to ask, because I'll forgo clothing and food to buy a knitting doo-dad.

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I love Clover DPN's. My smaller ones have some bends in them from the pressure of my hands, but I've never broken one.

In fact, the only one I've ever broken was a Boye straight that fell on the floor and shattered in two.

I use my Options for everything else, though I do have some Clover circs from before I got my Options.
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