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Old 05-22-2007, 04:28 PM   #1
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Bamboo Needles?
Okay, so I found bigger needles I had to buy them in a set of 11, 13, and 15, which I didn't have so good to go but they are bamboo. I'm finding that it's really tight and I have tried to loosen the tension. Is there anything I can do to make them slide easier like they do on the metal ones I have? Have you tried them and what are you opinions?
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Old 05-22-2007, 04:35 PM   #2
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Bamboo needles have a grab to them and they aren't slippery as metal needles. Knitting with them will make them smooth, but not slippery like metal. Is that making sense?
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They might get a bit slipperier if you rub waxed paper on them.
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This won't help, but I hate bamboo needles over about a size 5. I tried using size 13, and thought I was going to flush the knitting down the toilet!!!!

I switched to cheap plastic, and all was fine. I guess I just can't handle the "sticky-ness" of bamboo, even with wax paper treatment.
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I don't even use bamboo/wood/plastic needles. Only nickel plated brass (Addis and Options) for this knitter.
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Wow! I guess I am one of the only ones that use almost only bamboo. haha but i learned to knit using them and have used them ever since... i might just be used to it i guess.
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knitwit628, you are not the only one, count me in as loving bamboo! In the beginning I bought a aluminum pair and they were so slippery I could not imagine learning how to knit with them. Then I bought a bamboo pair and have been hooked since. I have been knitting washcloths out of cotton with them and they are plenty slippery after the 2nd or 3rd row. I have never had to wax them either. I think I am one of the few on this board that is not wanting to buy the Options or Addi's.

How many rows have you knit so far, like I said, for me it does get quite a bit easier after a few rows.
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I use bamboo for dpns because metal ones tend to fall out on me. For regular knitting, though, give me slick!
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I'm an equal opportunity knitter... i love bamboo, but i love other materials as appropriate for what I need.
I detest poorly made wooden needles though. I've seen some cheepo's in dollar bins and they really aren't a bargain if you get slivers. Even for beginners, no one should try to learn on inferior products. You wouldn't learn to drive on a car that has to be run Flintstone-style wouldja?
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Well I've knitted 5 rows of the blanket so far and it is starting to get a bit frustrating for me because it does not seem to slide up to be casted off after you make the stitch as easy as it did with my metal ones. I know I am a newbie but with 73 CO but the last row I did was: K3, *yo K2 tog, then K2 for the last two st, it took me almost 20 mins to do! But I don't wanna think I made a mistake and I'm using finer baby yarn than the Baby Clouds since that yarn was giving me a headache. Maybe that's the problem....
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