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Old 05-05-2008, 10:13 PM   #1
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Need To Upgrade My Knitting Needles: Suggestions?
Hi,

I am returning to knitting now that I am a grandma, and I need to upgrade my knitting tools. I've been looking at different types of knitting needles made of different material by different companies. If you have experience with any of these listed I'd love to hear about what you like or don't like about them.

Clover Natural Bamboo Takumi needles (straight, circular, DPN).

Addi Turbo Nickle Plated, and Natura Bamboo (interchangeable circular, regular circualr, and DPN).

What are your favorites and why?

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Old 05-05-2008, 10:26 PM   #2
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Hi,
Well, I've just been knitting for 2 years and I started out with Clover Bamboo straight needles. I was knitting so much and so many different things, I had almost every size of straight and then circular needles, BUT THEN ONE DAY a girl at my LYS said, "here try these needles" I wasn't going to, because I thought they were "metal" and I really liked my bamboo, but I tried them....turns out they were Addi circulars....I haven't gone back! I love them
I have a growing collection of Addi's now and they are the only ones I buy. They are very expensive, but if you go to Ebay you can get good deals on new ones from Hong Kong if you don't mind waiting 10 days to 2 weeks.
They are great to knit with, light and they make the knitting fly.
I think bamboo are great to start out with..for a new knitter, because they are not slippery, but it sounds like you are experienced.
So welcome back Grandma! Is this a first grandchild you are knitting for? I have 4 and I love knitting for them!
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:29 PM   #3
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I loooooove my Addis, but the Options interchangeable set from Knitpicks is a close second. Just as slick, a bit pointier, but definitely cheaper.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:34 PM   #4
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Thank you so much for your response, Jen! I have a 2 years old grandgirl, and I have a second grandchild expected in November, and I have more time now and am itching to knit up some cute items. What ages are your grandkids?

Your comments are very helpful. I know the Addi needles are expensive but what I have read online yesterday and today they seem to be excellent to knit with. I have a personal preference for the 'natural' bamboo, which I think would be very light weight (which I like), but it seems that the Addi are also light.

Is the cable of the Addi circulars flexible?

Again, thank you so much for your help!

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Old 05-05-2008, 10:40 PM   #5
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That's two votes for the Addi's! lol Thanks for sharing your love of Addi's.
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Hi Marg,
Mine are 12,5,2 and a half and 4 months! 2 boys and 2 girls! Do you know which this November baby will be?
Yes, the cables are flexible on the Addi's and nothing "catchs" on them either.

I have never knit with the Options circulars, but like Ingrid says, I think they might be a good choice also. I have heard good things about them. I was thinking about getting a set of them for Christmas, but then I found I could get great deals on the Addi's on Ebay (if you time it right and don't mind keeping an eye on the site, you can get good deals..several times I have bought a pair of Addi's for a low as 3 dollars a pair INCLUDING the shipping!
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This is grandchild number 4, Bailey Lynn, 2 months in the picture! You really can't see her....I was just trying to figure out how to get an avatar and I never changed it!
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Hi Jen,

We don't know yet whether our November grandbaby will be a girl or a boy, but as soon as my daughter can possibly find out she will. She wants to know, and so do I! lol Your grandchildren range in age from 12 years to 4 months old, and half boys and half girls. What a wonderful mix! : ) I love being a grandma, don't you? It doesn't get much better than this. :D

I will be checking Ebay to see about purchasing some Addi's at a good price. I am excited about trying them to see what they are like. Thanks so much for the tip! I will also be checking online for the 'Options' needles to learn more about them.

Thanks and Happy Knitting and Grandmothering!

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When I returned to knitting and learning new methods, I learned to use dpns for knitting in the round. I had problems with ladders with metal dpns and tried bamboo. I have replaced all my needles with Clover Natural Bamboo Takumi needles (straight, circular, DPN). However, I just bought the Knitpicks Harmony wood dpns and love them! So there's always something new to try. I think everyone has a favorite that works for them. The reviews on Denise interchangeables were very positive, but I purely hated them. So, my advice is to buy just one of your choice and sample it before you take the plunge in a big way.
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Good suggestion, Sandra. Thanks for your input. Individual taste and personal preference is as important a factor as the quality of the needles being used. I like the idea of trying out one of my choice before investing too heavily in it.

Thanks!

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