What type of needles do you use??

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What type of needles do you use??

I wasn't much of a needle snob until I bought a set of Denise Knitting Needles, they are by far the best things in the world! At the shop by me they are $65 Which seemed like a lot to me, but if I had added up how much I had spent on bamboo, it would have been cheaper to buy the Denises in the first place :? They are awesome and I really recommend them!

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I use addi turbos. They're the best I've found so far, and not too pricey.

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I have all sorts, except glass. I hate the metal ones, though. I love the bamboo ones, though. I love the feel of them. I also have the Denise interchangeables. I noticed the pink cord on your post, Charlotte, you have the same set as me I think. Wink I haven't use mine, yet, though.

I'm using bamboos dpn's right now to finish up my sweater. One of them does snag, though. I've almost got up from my knitting to get sandpaper a few times. Lol

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I usually by the bamboo ones (clover usually..since they are so readily available) as I go along and need them. I would love a set of interchangables! But I don't think i could fork over the money up front. Maybe some day!

I like have a little bit of friction as with the bamboo because with the metal ones I drop stitches too easily. But....i do enjoy how fluid and fast the motion feels with metal....i still tend to avoid buying them though.

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"skat130" wrote:

I also have the Denise interchangeables. I noticed the pink cord on your post, Charlotte, you have the same set as me I think. Wink I haven't use mine, yet, though.

Are yours the breast cancer awareness ones?? Once you use them you will never want to use anything else! I thought I loved my bamboos but I didn't obviously know true love until my Denises Lol

Kim- I would suggest them as a special splurge on yourself one day! I justified it by saying that if I paid the $7 that I do for each set of needles that I can "make" with Denise interchangable, then really in the long run I am saving money Wink

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I haven't used them, but Knit Picks now makes needles, interchangable and what not. The price is much better than my beloved Addi Turbos so at some point I'll try them.

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"comasgirl" wrote:

[quote=skat130] I also have the Denise interchangeables. I noticed the pink cord on your post, Charlotte, you have the same set as me I think. Wink I haven't use mine, yet, though.

Are yours the breast cancer awareness ones?? Once you use them you will never want to use anything else! I thought I loved my bamboos but I didn't obviously know true love until my Denises Lol
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Yep. That's the one I got. They're sitting in my knitting bag waiting for an excuse to use them. Lol

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Whatever I have as long as they are within .5mm of thr "right" size for the yarn I'm using. I seem to have them floating all over the house. SS takes them and uses them as swords and then I have no clue where the other half of the pair is - so I've been known to use a sircular needle as the other half of a set of straights - or even a 2 ended one with a cork on one end. It all seems to work!

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I have metal ones and plastic. I haven't used bamboo yet, I keep looking at them thinking I should try some. I just go out and buy what I need for a project if I don't have it already.

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I'm strictly a clover bamboo girl. I recently forked out the money for the Addi Turbos and immediately returned them, I couldn't keep the stitches on the needles. Maybe when I get better at knitting, I'll try them again.

Janel

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"CamelNoodle" wrote:

I'm strictly a clover bamboo girl. I recently forked out the money for the Addi Turbos and immediately returned them, I couldn't keep the stitches on the needles. Maybe when I get better at knitting, I'll try them again.

Janel

Once you get the hang of the turbos, they're a dream. They let you knit looser and faster, so you never have to tug or fight with your stitches. Give them another try sometime!

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I'm a begginer and before I knew better I went to Walmart and they only had metal so that's what I bought most of my needles in :-? I have since bought a pair of bamboo circular ones and I love them so much more than the metal! We definately don't have money for an expensive set yet but hopefully someday

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The only place to buy needles within 45 minutes of me was Walmart, and they only have the Boye metal ones, so right now that's what I have. The next time I go to Fayetteville though I will be hitting one of the craft shops and looking at some new needles.

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Look around online www.knitpicks.com especially if you like metal. They also have great yarn that's cheap!

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I have metal and plastic needles from Walmart. I have never heard of the Denise ones.

Where can I see them?

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"Celticangel" wrote:

I have metal and plastic needles from Walmart. I have never heard of the Denise ones.

Where can I see them?

I think they have a website...I will Google it and see what I can get. However, I can tell you from a picture, they won't be very impressive but once you hold those bad boys....it's all over!

This link is for a random website that pulled up on my search, but they have a pretty good description of the needles

http://www.darnityarn.com/index.php?item=3

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and here's the "offical" website

http://www.knitdenise.com/

** I should be a spokes person Smile **

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I saw some of the denise needles, but I was turned off by the plastic needles. I just love my addis so much! But at $15 a pop, I really should invest in a system!

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"gorlitsa" wrote:

I saw some of the denise needles, but I was turned off by the plastic needles. I just love my addis so much! But at $15 a pop, I really should invest in a system!

you might want to try the Knit Picks options then. They're like the Denise's but cheaper and metal

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Those look really neat. I think I'll have to find a store and check them out.

Thanks

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If you are not at all snobbish about what you use, here's an idea.

Our local little knit shop has a container where you can deposit old needles of any size. Sometimes people only have a single needle they find around their house, but they bring it in. So anyone who wants to can take the needles (maybe mismatched) that they need for their new project. I think that's such a neat idea! The container is filled with metal, bamboo, and other odd types, but they all get the job done!

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"gardenbug" wrote:

If you are not at all snobbish about what you use, here's an idea.

Our local little knit shop has a container where you can deposit old needles of any size. Sometimes people only have a single needle they find around their house, but they bring it in. So anyone who wants to can take the needles (maybe mismatched) that they need for their new project. I think that's such a neat idea! The container is filled with metal, bamboo, and other odd types, but they all get the job done!

That's a great idea! I have to great bamboo needles that are match-less because DH sat on (and snapped) their pairs. Sad

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"gorlitsa" wrote:

[quote=gardenbug]If you are not at all snobbish about what you use, here's an idea.

Our local little knit shop has a container where you can deposit old needles of any size. Sometimes people only have a single needle they find around their house, but they bring it in. So anyone who wants to can take the needles (maybe mismatched) that they need for their new project. I think that's such a neat idea! The container is filled with metal, bamboo, and other odd types, but they all get the job done!

That's a great idea! I have to great bamboo needles that are match-less because DH sat on (and snapped) their pairs. :([/quote]

I love that idea.

Gorlitsa, I have some clover bamboo needles that got warped after sitting too close to the heater vent. :roll:

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I'm not going to quote that again, but I love that ideal! Ive bought sets of needles that I have used for one project and haven't touched since then. Maybe we should start some type of needle exchange here. It could help people get more motivated if they know someone is SENDING needles for a project. Not to mention it may save a few bucks here and there Smile

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I made the mistake of buying some cheap plastic ones..more like rubber I would say! UGH they were awful. I love the metal but haven't tried anything else. I JUST completed my first project (well mostly;)) so anticipate I will get more into it now and may invest in something better. I would love to have all the needles I need laying around since I'm limited where I live and am a bit spontaneous and just NEED to start something as soon as I think of it LOL