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Old 11-11-2009, 02:00 PM   #1
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Sticky Needles
Most of my needles sets are Boye, since thats what my local craft store keeps. They're aluminium, and something has been happening with them lately that I'm not really used to. Now when I knit, they are sticky. I haven't gotten anything on them, but my stitches don't really slide easily across them anymore.

I've tried cleaning them off and that didn't really help any. Is there somethign that I'm missing. Just as a reference. I prefer needles that let the yarn slide very freely. I don't really drop stitches that much anymore and am comfortable with this. But now, even when I move the stitches just to get them out of the way, its really difficult to knit them. Also, I would not say that I am a tight knitter. So they should be moving freely. Why is this happening?
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:10 PM   #2
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What i sometimes do...
If my needles start to get a little sticky feeling, I just run them thru my hair. Works great every time!
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:15 PM   #3
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The Boye needles don't last forever, either. The color part can wear off and get a bit scratched, so they may need replacing now and then.
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:58 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Ingrid View Post
The Boye needles don't last forever, either. The color part can wear off and get a bit scratched, so they may need replacing now and then.
I wonder if this is what is happening. I've had mine for quite some time now and the color is wearing off. So maybe its just time to get some new ones. Any suggestions as to what type I should get as to avoid this in the future?
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:31 PM   #5
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I love the nickel-plated Addi Turbos and KnitPicks needles. Very slick and never wear out.

I only use circulars for all my knitting, flat or circular, so the interchangeable Knit Picks set, Addi interchangeable and the fixed circulars from both suit all my needs.

And, yes, I do have waaaaay more needles than I need.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:39 PM   #6
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Highly recommended if you're looking for slick:
Susan Bates Quicksilver
Prym
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Addi nickel-plated
Knit-Picks Options nickel-plated

Very UN-recommended, because they all have some grab:
Bamboo of any brand
Wood of any type, actually, including Lantern Moon, rosewood, etc.
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CrystalLites, Candy Cane, Crystal Ice, Daisy and any other plastics.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:46 PM   #7
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For super nice slick needles, the Addi Turbos hands down. You'll never go back!

My mom has some nearly -50 year old Boye or Bates needles that she still uses and she doesn't complain that they're sticky (she has told me about knitting a sweater on them when she was in high school). If you knit tightly this might be more of a problem than she has, too. For me, it's the tight knitting which causes the most problems with sticky needles.
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:17 PM   #8
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I don't know about the Boyes not lasting forever.... I have some that are about 30 years old. The colored finish has worn through on the tips, but they don't seem to be scratched.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:27 PM   #9
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I don't know about the Boyes not lasting forever.... I have some that are about 30 years old. The colored finish has worn through on the tips, but they don't seem to be scratched.
i've also noticed the boye ones i have don't last as long as my bates..

the problem i'm having with my bates is that as the color wears off, their sizes go down... ie my 7's fit through the hole for a 6 on my metal gauge thing.
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Are you sure they were the right size before? I wouldn't think the color finish would take them down a whole .5mm, and Boye's are known to be off a bit in sizing.
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