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suek137
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  06:48:52 AM  Show Profile Send suek137 a Private Message
Noro Kureyon, Gjestal Naturgarn are examples of what I call "sticky" yarn. I love the way they look but have a real problem knitting with them. No matter how I hold it (tried one wrap around index finger and also over ring finger, under middle finger and over pointer) the yarn still fights me and causes pain (literally, I have tennis elbow) and I am constantly pulling the yarn rather than it flowing smoothly. Please don't tell me not to use it, my stash is quite extensive with this type of yarn. Silly me -:)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

RachelKnitter
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  08:10:25 AM  Show Profile Send RachelKnitter a Private Message
Have you tried different kinds of needles? Some yarns work best on plastic, some on bamboo, some on metal....

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GFTC
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  08:12:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message
It could be the needles that you are using, not the yarn. Some yarn has to be knit on metal or coated needles to "move along."

I am currently using Mission Falls 1824 cotton and I can only knit it on my old Aero needles. Knitting this yarn on bamboo or wood needles could result in a broken wrist!


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GFTC
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  08:14:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message
Rachel, you beat me by 2 minutes! Too much time wasted drinking coffee, LOL.

GFTC of NYC
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myshelle10
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Posted - 12/30/2005 :  09:38:30 AM  Show Profile Send myshelle10 a Private Message
Ditto on the metal needles.


And GFTC-- Time is never wasted drinking coffee :)

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suek137
Chatty Knitter

340 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2005 :  2:17:49 PM  Show Profile Send suek137 a Private Message
Thanks for the advise. I only knit with bamboo. Guess I'll have to give metal a try. But....I almost hope it doesn't make a difference. I just can't imagine having to buy MORE needles -:)
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suek137
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340 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2005 :  2:18:19 PM  Show Profile Send suek137 a Private Message
Thanks for the advise. I only knit with bamboo. Guess I'll have to give metal a try. But....I almost hope it doesn't make a difference. I just can't imagine having to buy MORE needles -:)
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suek137
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340 Posts

Posted - 12/31/2005 :  06:15:23 AM  Show Profile Send suek137 a Private Message
Oh My, were you all so right. I have 1 pair of metal needles (the first needles ever I bought) so I just got them out with a bit of Kureyon and gave it a try. Flew right through the swatch! All this time, I thought it was the way I was holding the yarn. Boy do I feel dumb! The bad news is now I have to buy needles, the good news is I can now use all this wonderful yarn in my stash.
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GFTC
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Posted - 12/31/2005 :  2:40:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message
More good news - metal needles usually are less expensive than wood and even the least expensive such as Susan Bates or Boye are just fine to work with. Watch out for the Addi straights, though. Even though the circs are great I found the straights heavy and almost unbalanced and not as slick as they should be. JMO.

GFTC of NYC
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suek137
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340 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2006 :  07:12:59 AM  Show Profile Send suek137 a Private Message
As I already own at least one pair of almost all sizes in bamboo, I decided that the best approach would be to buy interchangeables. The big decision was Denise or Needlemaster. I have read the postings on the forums and reviews seem pretty mixed. The advice from all of you was for metal on the sticky stuff but how about plastic? Just as good???
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RachelKnitter
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Posted - 01/02/2006 :  10:50:57 AM  Show Profile Send RachelKnitter a Private Message
If your problem is sticky yarn, definitely don't buy Denise. Many people complain about the cables being too sticky, especially with the smaller sizes. I only use my set as stitch holders now.

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suek137
Chatty Knitter

340 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2006 :  11:10:16 AM  Show Profile Send suek137 a Private Message
Wow, thanks Rachel. You just saved me a costly mistake. I had ordered the Denise online and after reading your post, quickly cancelled the order. With a 50% coupon from Michael's, the Needlemaster wins.
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