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Old 02-04-2010, 04:23 PM   #1
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I just bought my first set of bamboo circulars, 16" for doing a cap for my son... It's love. I thought I'd just grin and bear it until I could find what I needed in the size I needed, but this brand is so smooth that I have a hard time remembering why I hated bamboo so much.
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:29 PM   #2
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All you baby. I'd rather stick bamboo under my toenails than use them to knit with.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:12 PM   #3
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All you baby. I'd rather stick bamboo under my toenails than use them to knit with.
L O L !
I recently did a swatch on some of my bamboo straights (I have every pretty much every size from when I started knitting) because I was too lazy to unscrew some tips... it was ... not as fun as I remembered.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:06 PM   #4
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I heart bamboo also! Metal ones are too cold and loud and if you blink, there go your stitches off the needles. Bamboo, on the other hand, warm to the touch, are quiet, stickier, and are environmentally friendly (hey, I'm in PDX; we're allowed to throw that card!). ...And they're great for toenails.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:31 PM   #5
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I still prefer my Quicksilvers uber alles But I do remember trying out some bamboo straights a time or three and just hating them. Perhaps it was the brand, but these circs are really making me a happy camper. I really hate doing caps on DPNs.
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:04 AM   #6
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Not all bamboo needles are created alike! So glad you found bamboos that are working so great! Are Crystal Palace circs "bamboo"? Well, never mind...they also work just great!
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:26 AM   #7
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:02 AM   #8
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I just grabbed the Clover Takumi ones in Michaels (it's also the only brand to be found here in Waco). I just got it because they were 16" and the ONLY 16" cables in the store. I didn't have any short circs here at home in the size I needed and the Quicksilvers I ordered are on backorder until 3/5.

The feel is very smooth and not at all what I remembered from knitting on bamboo before. Now I won't be so "I can never find the needles I need" when I need something fast and bamboo is the only option offered.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:27 AM   #9
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Last set of Bamboo I owned, (and still own for that matter) would split at the tips. Terribly annoying when you are trying to knit something. Yarn constantly catching.

Given that all bamboo needles are not created equally, (I hear Kertzers needles are good) I am so turned off my original experience, I would never get them again! I prefer my nickle plated anyway!
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:54 AM   #10
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I like my bamboo needles, too - I have both Clover and Cyrstal Palace. I tend to use whichever ones I can find (metal or bamboo) and don't really have a preference - except that certain kinds of yarn slide just the right amount on either bamboo or metal. Too much slide or not enough slide is frustrating.
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