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    Default Knitting Needles

    We've talked yarn. Now let's talk needles.

    1. Do you have a preferred brand?

    2. Do you have a preferred material? Wood-Metal-Plastic?

    3. Where do you purchase your needles at?

    4. How do you store your circulars?


    I really like my wood Clover needles. I have purchased them mainly through my LYS (kinda sepndy though). I have some plastic needles that I was gifted, but not a huge fan of them. I've never really used metal needles.
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    I have metal, plastic and bamboo strait needles... mostly metal circular (one is bamboo)... only metal dpns

    My plastics are from various brands... metals are Susan Bates... bamboos are Clover.

    For now, I store them in a 'wine holder' tube.
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    I have metal and wood. I love the wood never use the metal. just purchased a wood and a metal circular and have not used either yet...store them in my knit/crochet bag...

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    I have metal one and a few bamboo. I find the bamboo helps keep the "slicker" yarns on my needles. I also have one of the combo sets that lets me interchange the needle size onto different lengths of cable to make circulars. It doesn't go into the larger needle sizes but I can have a cable that's uber long.

    I have one set of plastic needles and their a size 19. Their fun to work with since I can knit a lap throw in a jiffy.

    I've also been tempted by the needles with the lights in the tips so I knit when traveling to Pittsburgh in the late evening.... Oh, so tempted.

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    1. Do you have a preferred brand? I love the KnitPicks Options. They are nickel-plated, have great tips and very flexible cables (I mostly use circs).

    2. Do you have a preferred material? Wood-Metal-Plastic? Depends on the material, but usually I use metal (see above). If the yarn is particularly slippery I will use wood. I avoid plastic whenever possible.

    3. Where do you purchase your needles at? KnitPicks usually.

    4. How do you store your circulars? I have a basket on an end table that I keep them in, in their original pkgs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceashels View Post

    I've also been tempted by the needles with the lights in the tips so I knit when traveling to Pittsburgh in the late evening.... Oh, so tempted.
    Just buy a clip on book light and clip it to your shirt. The benefit of this is you can use the book light with any needles whereas the lighted ones you'd have to buy all the different sizes. I was just talking about this at a LYS we went to in Watkins Glen last weekend.
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    I knit using both metal or wood. In some ways I like wood better however I use whatever I have. Many times I get needles for free. I do even have a pair of needles that are a hard rubber.

    I think it depends on the how much tension you use. When first starting out I would probably suggest the wooden ones if you have them. They tend to not make the yarn seem so slippery.

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    I recently bought one set of bamboo needles, and a circular needle that is bamboo. I really like them. All of my other are metal and they do the job. My hands get kind of icky and clammy feeling when I use the wood ones though....is this just me? Maybe because it's been hot? However, I've never noticed it with the metal needles.

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