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Old 05-26-2008, 12:23 AM   #1
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Hi I am kinda of new to knitting and was wondering about circular knitting needles. Why use them
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:34 AM   #2
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Some info in this existing thread: 'Question about "circular needles"

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Old 05-26-2008, 09:25 AM   #3
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Less seaming involved is my favourite reason!
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:01 AM   #4
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I use them instead of straight needles b/c I never have to worry about loosing the needle my work is on, and the weight of a larger project rests in my lap instead of my wrists doing all the work.
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:10 AM   #5
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I have really bad carpal tunnel.... with straight neeldes i can only knit for a short amount of time before my wrists hurt so bad i have to pull out the aleve and alternate heat and ice. With the circulars, i can knit for hours on end (no kidding, i knitted through our lord of the rings movie marathon) and have no problem with my wrists.
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:27 AM   #6
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I like them because they are shorter than my straights, so they take less space and less cumbersome while in public, especially in the train. (When there are a lot of people around you)
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All of the above reasons, plus the "oohh factor". "Oohh, what are you doing with that yarn?" It's magnified when you're using the magic loop method in public. I knit at our public library while reading magazines sometimes, just 'cause my hands get bored.
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Old 05-26-2008, 03:33 PM   #8
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All of the above. I would not go back to straight needles - too cumbersome after using the circulars. Give it a try.
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Old 05-26-2008, 03:37 PM   #9
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It's magnified when you're using the magic loop method in public.
Even more magnified, when using magic loop and double knitting.
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Old 05-26-2008, 05:12 PM   #10
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Whether knitting flat or circular, I find it MUCH easier on my hands, arms, wrists, elbows.

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