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jade
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Posted - 05/15/2003 :  08:44:36 AM  Show Profile Send jade a Private Message
Am I the only person who has trouble knitting with metal needles? If there's the slightest bit of moisture (sweat, water) on my hands, the stitches become impossible to move. I've tried wiping down my hands, buffing the needles with a paper towel but nothing makes any difference. I usually give up in frustration.

Trouble is my favorite needles are bamboo and they aren't as widely available as I'd like, especially in circulars and very small sizes. I just ordered some pony pearl dps but they too don't come in sizes below 0.

Any suggestions for something I could do to my vast collection of much-hated metal needles to make them usable?

Cheryl

BLN3320
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Posted - 05/15/2003 :  10:44:05 AM  Show Profile Send BLN3320 a Private Message
Hi, Cheryl: I haven't had that problem with metal needles so I don't know what to tell you. There are some metal needles that have like a teflon or silicon coating (not sure which) called silverlume (I think). Perhaps that would help. Take care. Beverley

Bev
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BLN3320
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Posted - 05/15/2003 :  10:44:05 AM  Show Profile Send BLN3320 a Private Message
Hi, Cheryl: I haven't had that problem with metal needles so I don't know what to tell you. There are some metal needles that have like a teflon or silicon coating (not sure which) called silverlume (I think). Perhaps that would help. Take care. Beverley

Bev
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BLN3320
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Posted - 05/15/2003 :  10:44:05 AM  Show Profile Send BLN3320 a Private Message
Hi, Cheryl: I haven't had that problem with metal needles so I don't know what to tell you. There are some metal needles that have like a teflon or silicon coating (not sure which) called silverlume (I think). Perhaps that would help. Take care. Beverley

Bev
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chris
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Posted - 05/15/2003 :  2:39:13 PM  Show Profile Send chris a Private Message
Cheryl, have you tried rubbing your needles with wax paper? I don't actually know if that will help, but we used to rub our slide with wax paper when we were kids to help us go down faster! Or perhaps waxing them with car wax? That might give them a bit more slip!

chris

Keep on knittin', mama, knittin' those blues away!
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chris
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Posted - 05/15/2003 :  2:39:13 PM  Show Profile Send chris a Private Message
Cheryl, have you tried rubbing your needles with wax paper? I don't actually know if that will help, but we used to rub our slide with wax paper when we were kids to help us go down faster! Or perhaps waxing them with car wax? That might give them a bit more slip!

chris

Keep on knittin', mama, knittin' those blues away!
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chris
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Posted - 05/15/2003 :  2:39:13 PM  Show Profile Send chris a Private Message
Cheryl, have you tried rubbing your needles with wax paper? I don't actually know if that will help, but we used to rub our slide with wax paper when we were kids to help us go down faster! Or perhaps waxing them with car wax? That might give them a bit more slip!

chris

Keep on knittin', mama, knittin' those blues away!
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BLN3320
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Posted - 05/15/2003 :  5:59:50 PM  Show Profile Send BLN3320 a Private Message
Oh, Chris--did you ever spark a memory. Waxing a slide. Did you even sit on the wax paper and slide down? We did that thinking it would not only work faster but be easier. Also, I don't think we wanted to waste the time we needed to slide. Take care. Beverley

Bev
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BLN3320
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Posted - 05/15/2003 :  5:59:50 PM  Show Profile Send BLN3320 a Private Message
Oh, Chris--did you ever spark a memory. Waxing a slide. Did you even sit on the wax paper and slide down? We did that thinking it would not only work faster but be easier. Also, I don't think we wanted to waste the time we needed to slide. Take care. Beverley

Bev
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M. Shawn
Chatty Knitter

USA
147 Posts

Posted - 05/15/2003 :  8:19:54 PM  Show Profile Send M. Shawn a Private Message
Jade,

I don't knit with metal needles so don't have any advice for you. Where do you live that bamboo needles are difficult to obtain? All of the stores in my area carry bamboos -- at least two different brands, Clover and Crystal Palace. Both brands are available in circulars in various lengths and circulars in short and long lengths. If you can't find any local shops that carry bamboo needles in a wide variety of sizes and lengths, try patternworks.com or halcyonyarn.com

My favorite knitting needles are made of lucite. The only place that I can find them is at thrift stores (although there are quite a few on e-bay, I've never actually bid on anything).

Good luck!



M. Shawn
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M. Shawn
Chatty Knitter

USA
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Posted - 05/15/2003 :  8:19:54 PM  Show Profile Send M. Shawn a Private Message
Jade,

I don't knit with metal needles so don't have any advice for you. Where do you live that bamboo needles are difficult to obtain? All of the stores in my area carry bamboos -- at least two different brands, Clover and Crystal Palace. Both brands are available in circulars in various lengths and circulars in short and long lengths. If you can't find any local shops that carry bamboo needles in a wide variety of sizes and lengths, try patternworks.com or halcyonyarn.com

My favorite knitting needles are made of lucite. The only place that I can find them is at thrift stores (although there are quite a few on e-bay, I've never actually bid on anything).

Good luck!



M. Shawn
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M. Shawn
Chatty Knitter

USA
147 Posts

Posted - 05/15/2003 :  8:19:54 PM  Show Profile Send M. Shawn a Private Message
Jade,

I don't knit with metal needles so don't have any advice for you. Where do you live that bamboo needles are difficult to obtain? All of the stores in my area carry bamboos -- at least two different brands, Clover and Crystal Palace. Both brands are available in circulars in various lengths and circulars in short and long lengths. If you can't find any local shops that carry bamboo needles in a wide variety of sizes and lengths, try patternworks.com or halcyonyarn.com

My favorite knitting needles are made of lucite. The only place that I can find them is at thrift stores (although there are quite a few on e-bay, I've never actually bid on anything).

Good luck!



M. Shawn
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