quote: I once owned a whole set of balene circular needles--sizes 3 through 10.5......then we got a puppy and he ATE them. He did not chew them.. he ATE them... every bit....all I had left was the cables. It turns out that balene was made with a milk base and where I saw knitting utensils, he saw food!
I thought that balene or baleen or however it's spelled was made out of whale bone.
The balene needles are made from a milk base, but they are the closest thing to whalebone we have. Evidently whalebone is the #1 thing for the best knitting needles and balene was developed to imitate it and as a substitute for it. There is a difference in the spelling, but I do not know which is which. One refers to the original ones made of whalebone and the other refers to the substitue made from milk.