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marfa Posted - 09/28/2013 : 08:32:52 AM
how have your preferences changed?

How do.

When I took my 1st class at a LYS (11 or so years ago), it was suggested that I use wooden needles. Being someone whose friends would call a granola type of person, the idea of bamboo needles felt good. While the very bulky yarn I used for that sweater ended up being easier to work w/ on circs, I did not cross over to my love of circs for a while.

Now circs are the VIPs of my needle collection w/ just a few straights & a few DPNs. All the rest have been given away or are going to the KR Retreat this year for the Swap Lounge!

How 'bout you - what are your faves? While those big bamboo wooden circs no longer exist in my collection - again, given to my partner's daughter or to other folks - I do have some wonderful Lantern Moon circs along w/ Addis, Inox, HiyaHiya & Signature (slowly adding those as $$s permits) + some vintage Susan Bates & Boye circs.

Martha

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lucybug Posted - 11/19/2013 : 5:25:20 PM
Wow - who would even think of a worm binder! I like the idea of having a binder to carry needles, but worms? Yuck.

Pam in the Colorado mountains
azblueskies Posted - 11/15/2013 : 09:00:29 AM
I think we have the same bag, Lynne604. And, like you, I love it. Soon after I bought it, I went back and got some extra clear plastic bags to expand it. All my cirs are in there.

azblue
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Schaeferyarnlover Posted - 11/15/2013 : 07:19:36 AM
I use these fleece lined bags.
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Lynne604 Posted - 11/14/2013 : 08:13:20 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Gibson Girl

Like most of you who have been knitting for many years, I started on straights but quickly adopted the circs. There were some Susan Bates (or is it Sally?) I used forever that were some sort of nylon? I still like they way they feel when knitting. They seem to "give" a little. Now I find that using wooden needles alters my gauge enough (tighter)so if I need minor adjustments I might use them but they are not my first choice. But by the same reasoning I might use metal needles if I want to loosen my gauge. I've never invested in "sets" of needles - I own so many I'd hate to throw them all away. Just wish I could find a fool proof way to organize them...tried most everything.
Funny story: I was once knitting a sock on #1 wooden needles in the doctor's waiting room. A man leaned over to his wife and said, incredulously, "She's knitting on TOOTHPICKS!" Yup, it sorta felt like that.



I love my method of organizing my circulars. Some years ago, I invested in a double-sided worm binder bag from Bass Pro Shops. It is a blue soft-sided zippered carrying case with pockets inside and out for notions. Inside, my needles are stored in clear plastic bags attached to a ring binder. Each bag is labeled according to needle size and cord length. So easy to store and transport. I had actually purchased the bag for my knitting daughter, but liked it so much I bought one for myself. The specific bag I have has, I believe, been discontinued but Bass Pro has others.
Lanea Posted - 11/12/2013 : 07:59:13 AM
I'm lucky enough to have some handmade antler and antique bone needles that I adore, but I'm cautious about where and how I use them since they can't be replaced.

I love doing socks on two circulars, and I'll pick my needles by the intricacy of the pattern, texture of the yarn, and which of my needles are free when I cast on. I love addi lace needles for socks, but I also like Brittany birch and other wooden DPNs.

The glass needles the Sheila and Michael Earnst make are fantastic for projects that I intend to linger over, like cashmere cowls. The cable does drag a little sometimes, but they're easy enough to lubricate.



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Wen Posted - 11/07/2013 : 9:14:09 PM
When I started knitting I was 6, circ's were specialist needles used for necks and yokes. We knitted on 36cm straights that were plastic (5mm and bigger) or metal (smaller sizes) Hats were all knitted on dpns and were one of the hardest things to do. When I was in my late teens I started knitting regularly using mainly 8ply on straight needles. I knitted one thing at a time and normally it was a jumper (sweater), I never knitted scarves as they were long and boring.

Now I knit mainly on interchangable circs (nickel plated or wood), I knit scarves and shawls as well as jumpers and cardis, I like to have multiple things on the go all the time so I can work on what I feel like working on.

Wen


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truly violet Posted - 10/21/2013 : 08:56:42 AM
bamboo circs
bamboo dps

in the past i used to use those all one piece plastic circs ( remember them? i actually still have some)

vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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Daylily Posted - 10/19/2013 : 8:02:48 PM

Since I am responsible for buying my needles, I can say my favorites are the Knit Picks Harmony and Sunstrucks Interchangeables. I learned to knit back inmy senior year of high school, I use what was availible then , aluminum needles and I still have them but they are not used any more. I recently completed a pair of gloves using a circular needle to knit them with. Didn't have the double pints it said to use for the pattern but had the needle tips in the circulars so that was what I used.

Daylily, another one tomorrow
lilyfreeshark Posted - 10/18/2013 : 10:41:40 AM
Hi, late responding here. I'm a very tight knitter and so have totally gravitated to aluminum needles. I had Knit Picks in both Harmony and slicks. I had trouble with the joins the way I hold needles. I sold the Harmony set and kept working with the metals. I purchased a few Addi's and loved them. Then they came out with clicks! I save and saved for them. I love them but the points were duller than I like. So then the short lace clicks came out. Saved and saved. Got them, hmmmmm, not my favorites because I somehow tuck my needles into my right hand and my outside palm area would become so sore I could not knit. Ahhhhhh, lace clicks. Absolutely love them. My only disappointment is that they didn't put the pocket on the outside of the case like in the short tips. I do not use wood so therefore I haven't tried the bamboo. I know there are other sets out there but for now I'm not even looking. I have invested enough and love my needles. I have passed on my other needles to those in need. I'm a very happy knitter.
Gibson Girl Posted - 10/12/2013 : 4:23:49 PM
Like most of you who have been knitting for many years, I started on straights but quickly adopted the circs. There were some Susan Bates (or is it Sally?) I used forever that were some sort of nylon? I still like they way they feel when knitting. They seem to "give" a little. Now I find that using wooden needles alters my gauge enough (tighter)so if I need minor adjustments I might use them but they are not my first choice. But by the same reasoning I might use metal needles if I want to loosen my gauge. I've never invested in "sets" of needles - I own so many I'd hate to throw them all away. Just wish I could find a fool proof way to organize them...tried most everything.
Funny story: I was once knitting a sock on #1 wooden needles in the doctor's waiting room. A man leaned over to his wife and said, incredulously, "She's knitting on TOOTHPICKS!" Yup, it sorta felt like that.
Lynne604 Posted - 10/11/2013 : 10:39:50 PM
I learned on Addi circulars, so that is all I have ever used (except double points for finishing hats). The local yarn shop is the only place in town that stocks them, so I've added to my collection as I can afford it. Most everyone in my knitting group uses circulars except for one woman, who refers to them as "claws." "How can you knit with those claws?" she will ask. Weird.
ceddy Posted - 10/11/2013 : 06:09:06 AM
Like a lot of us, I started with the aluminum straights back in the 60's. Fast forward to Y2K, I discovered wooden needles, and still prefer to use them now in whatever configuration is needed for best results. I confess I am a needle collector willing to give any needle, except metal, a try. I've discovered the Sally Bates alloy needles, I say alloy as I'm not sure what they are actually made of, only that they are not wooden. And if fhey are aluminum, fhen not the typical slithery aluminum. I also have complete sets of the don and straight swallow needles - did I mention I like to collect needles?

I prefer a sharp point when knitting, so donated all blunt-pointed needles.

Interesting question, Martha, thanks!
taylormade.bat@gmail.com Posted - 10/10/2013 : 11:25:05 AM
I was so happy to read in the forum that I am not the only one bothered by Addi Turbo glare! I knit under a full spectrum Ott-Lite (love it) and at night I feel like I need sunglasses to cope with the flashing bolts of light jumping off the needles!
Like many others, I have a wide selection of needles and often choose the ones for a project based on: the degree of slipperiness needed for the yarn/gauge; the size and weight of the object or pieces; and what needles aren't already snuggled into existing projects. (Am I the only knitter with 7-10 projects on the go at any given time?)
I learned to knit when I had the opportunity, at age 20, to be tutored by a fellow employee when we worked at the same alpine ski resort during the winter of 1978/79. She was knitting an Icelandic sweater out of Lopi on circular plastic needles and so that became my first project. The fit was a bit off (tight in the chest area where I did the colored patterning), but I loved that sweater.
Overall I'd say I prefer wood/bamboo needles for reason of feel and glide (not to sticky, not too slick) but I switch hit often.
I too love to stab a straight needle into my lap or the chair arm when knitting items on straights. I do love the back and forth rhythm sometimes. But circulars rule for bulky yarns, which I still adore.
Still looking for the perfect storage system for various sizes of non-interchangeable circulars. I prefer them unkinked and storage aids I've tried just haven't seemed right. Ideas? I will have to try those knit Picks wooden interchangeables that others are writing about.

Theory:
What do you do before enlightenment? Knit
What do you do after enlightenment? Knit (perhaps with less attachment to the outcome!)
retsinnab Posted - 10/10/2013 : 11:09:18 AM
My grandmother taught me to knit many years ago. The only needles were metal, some were probably plastic.

That's what I used for years until I discovered wood and bamboo circulars My life was changed! I use circulars almost exclusively.
My hands have thanked me many times.
technikat Posted - 10/10/2013 : 10:10:47 AM
I started out with aluminum straights and eventually acquired the Boye interchangeable set. I used it a few years and then discovered Prym circulars when I started to knit lace. They were less slick and pointier but the cord sure was stiff! Then I tried bamboo needles and just loved the feel of them in my hands. After reading of so many knitters' love for Addis I bought a few circs and could understand why. They were slick and the cord was so nice and flexible. So, I slowly built up a collection of Addis. Then knitpicks came out with the Harmony interchangeables. They're nice for lace because they're not as slick as metal and they are pointy. I've also purchased a few of the Sunstruck for working with darker colors.

I started out thinking a knitting needle was just a knitting needle and over time discovered that different needles worked best for different yarns and different kinds of knitting. And to think, I wouldn't have even known they existed if not for KR forums!

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ElendilPickle Posted - 10/10/2013 : 09:28:24 AM
I still have a couple of the straight pairs and dpns that I started with, but I haven't used them for years. Once I found circulars, I never looked back.

My husband bought me a set of Knit Picks Harmony interchangeables four or five years ago, and I use them all the time. Recently I got a pair of their Sunstruck tips in size 6, since I use that size frequently; they are also very nice.

For smaller projects, I have some of the Knit Picks fixed circulars and some Prym circulars. I also have a pair of size 0 Addi turbos, but I have yet to try them.
mrssuem Posted - 10/10/2013 : 07:16:12 AM
When I learned to knit it was with my mother's plastic needles, then tried the metal/aluminum ones for many years. Now I use my circulars for everything. Purchased a set of interchangeable Dreamz a couple of years ago and use them most of the time. When I need a size 1 or 2 circular go back to my supply of old needles and find a circular there of the right size. Sue
gerstperson Posted - 10/10/2013 : 07:02:38 AM
This question really made me think about the evolution of my taste in needles! Like many, I began knitting in the 60s when everyone knit on straight metal needles. As many began switching to circs for all their knitting (e.g. Cat Bordhi), I resisted, but updated my needles with sleek Addis. Circs were for stranded work with steeks, only. I have quite a collection of circs, and avoided buying any of the interchangeable varieties that many have complaints about.

When my work turned primarily to socks (about 5-6 years ago), I began experimenting with all kinds of different dps. I still love working socks on dps, and have tried just about every variety of needle!
I started with Addis, and briefly fell in love with the square Kollage needles, but hardwood has become my favorites, either the Knitpick Harmonys or the Knitters' Pride. I do have one set of Carbon needles, size 0, and I must say that I love them, and find them the only good needle to use for size 0 and below, and I have managed to bend badly all the other tiny needles (yes, even the hardwood).

The fact that so many have indicated a love of bamboo proves to me the French saying "A chacon son gout," as bamboo is the only needle I really prefer not to use. I will use it in a pinch (and did quite extensively on airplanes from the fall of 2001 thru spring of 2002 when metal needles were verboten), but find it slows me down since the stitches tend to stick to it, and in smaller sizes it splinters and bows very badly.

I'd love to answer this question in another 5 years or so to see if my answers have changed at all!!
Thanks for asking.

Sharon

Chinese Proverb: Man who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt woman who is doing it.
donnawatk Posted - 10/10/2013 : 06:33:24 AM
I started out with straight aluminum needles. I found out I had a grip that didn't quit because all these needles have a curve in them. I then found knit picks harmony needles. I knit with less of a hold on these. I think it because I paid so much for them. I also knit with bamboo circulars.Donna
Schaeferyarnlover Posted - 10/10/2013 : 06:17:12 AM
Correction and addition to my answer. I also have Pony Pearl dpns and also Casein, the milk product dpns. I feel like I should warn those who buy the Casein: don't put them in your mouth. They are beyond nasty tasting. I do like knitting with them because they have a very nice grip, tiny little ridges which manage not to impede the knitting.

Debra

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