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Old 01-11-2010, 09:42 PM   #11
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If they do it that way.... a self taught knitter probably wouldn't and be very frustrated.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:56 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
If they do it that way.... a self taught knitter probably wouldn't and be very frustrated.
I think a self-taught knitter could also be very frustrated with metal, the resulting loosey-goosey stitches and then dropped stitches! When you are learning...let's agree that anything can be discouraging.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:37 PM   #13
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See you're thinking that they're going to be knitting loose, I'm coming at it that a new knitter knits tight and pulls on the yarn. It's probably about 50/50, so it really depends on how the person knits as to which type of needle would be better for them.
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If a new knitter asks me, "I'm going to Joann's to get my needles for the class. What kind of needle should I purchase?" ...I don't respond, "Buy both and see which one works best". I tell them to buy bamboo since a decision has to be made, which is what Shaylen12 was asking.

I follow your point about a new knitter's tendency to knit tight.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:24 PM   #15
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I'd probably tell them to get a metal one...
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:38 AM   #17
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I hate bamboo. I've also been knitting for years and prefer nickel-plated so that they just slide right off the kneedle. I do remember starting out dropping stitches all the time. I think that bamboo would be great for a beginner. However, I'd imagine that their tastes are going to change to metal later on. But I think that comes with experience and preference. But for starting out I would teach someone on bamboo.
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I have one set of alum in 8 which I can't stand!!! I almost made me not want to knit but I quickly found a really cheap set of bamboo on etsy (15 diff sizes) and love wood. Switch to Harmony and REALLY love them. But found a use for the alum when I tried to work w/ this blasted wool for a scarf. As a newby (a month ago) i hated the weight of the alum and liked the wieght of the wood and that have a lot to do with it I think.....
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I find it so interesting how we all have completely different tastes. You'd think there would be more consistency. But apparently there are just as many ways to knit as there are knitters.
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i have one pair of bamboo needles.. they are all right.. they feel lighter.. but i like the metal ones.. not just because they are easier to get and cheaper to buy.. but because im used to them.. my ex husband hated them though because of the small like clinking noises and what sounds like a little metal ball sliding in them..
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