Knitting Paradise® - Knitting and Crochet Forum
Home | Knitting Digest | Active Topics | Search | Login | Register | Help
Why Would You Ever Want to Pay For Knitting and Crochet Patterns or Lessons When You Can Get All That for Free?
Read this:
 

If you are a beginner, intermediate, advanced, or a professional knitter, then the benefits of signing up for our free weekly knitting e-mail newsletter are:

• We cover hand knitting, machine knitting, and crochet.

• Each week you'll be receiving new tips and techniques.

• Daily, you'll be receiving a knitting message board digest with the latest knitting pictures, discussions and patterns.

• If you ever have a question or need help, you can always ask, and we'll cover your question in the following newsletter issue.

• Discover the fastest way to knit (and to crochet) a sock... while keeping the perfect heel and making sure the sock fits (not many knitters know this).

• Find out how to figure out how much yarn you need for a pattern if the pattern doesn't specify it (works for any project, a real life-saver sometimes).

• Learn how to pick up a dropped stitch, even from several rows below. It happens to absolutely everyone at some point. But don't worry, there exists a really simple fix.

• And if you ever run out of yarn, find out how to join any yarn in the middle of any project.

• If you can't find the pattern that you need, or if you don't know which pattern would be most appropriate for a specific project, then you can ask our other users to help you figure it out. We even have a dedicated "Pattern Requests" section on our website that's all about finding new patterns.

• The same goes for any problems and questions about specific techniques. We have experienced users who are always helping those in need with just the right advice.

• And of course, as I said it's all completely FREE!

• Let me repeat that. Since for some reason a lot of people contact us asking if the membership is really free: we are a social website for knitters and crocheters, so we don't sell anything, and we don't charge any fees. It's as simple as that.

Enter your name and e-mail address below, and you'll be instantly added to our knitting mailing list distribution. Right away, you'll get access to more knitting-related material (pictures, patterns, tips) than contained in all knitting books and magazines you could ever buy. And you'll get all that for free.

You'll be able to talk and share ideas with more knitters than you could meet if you attended all the largest trade shows. And you'll be able to do all that without leaving your house!

Don't delay! Join the best knitting and crochet community on the Internet.

First name:

E-mail address:

It's FREE, and you'll receive my first e-mail right away. Also, you'll get instant access to the most recent topics on our knitting forum: hundreds of great tips from other knitters.

(A new newsletter issue is released each week. So if you don't sign up now, you'll miss this week's digest.)

 
Main
wood vs bamboo needles.
If you would like to post a reply, then please login (if you already have an account) or register (if you don't).
Page: 1 2 3 4 next>>
Dec 1, 2013 18:54:55   #
alidakyle
 
I am looking to get a set of either wooden or bamboo interchangables. Looking back over the topics on KP, I can see knitters who love their bamboo needles and those who have the wooden ones are just as excited with them? Is there much difference? I have slight arthritis in my hands which I suspect is not going to go away anytime soon and I understand that these needles are better for the pain as well as being great to knit with.
 
Dec 1, 2013 19:10:31   #
wittless knitter
 
I don't know if there is very much difference. I have knit picks sunstruck interchangeables, wooden, and really like them. I have several bamboo circs that are not interchangeables and like them also. I do think the points on the wood ones are a little "pointier", which I like. maybe because the material on wood seems less soft. I'm sure you will be happy with whichever you choose. the sunstrucks are a very good price and are sometimes on sale. happy hunting and knitting with which ever you choose.
Dec 1, 2013 19:17:54   #
Valjean
 
I find both are lovely to knit with,I like my wood knit picks as they have nice points and seem faster to knit with!!! Think you have to try both as it's a personal choice.
Dec 1, 2013 19:19:00   #
alidakyle
 
wittless knitter wrote:
I don't know if there is very much difference. I have knit picks sunstruck interchangeables, wooden, and really like them. I have several bamboo circs that are not interchangeables and like them also. I do think the points on the wood ones are a little "pointier", which I like. maybe because the material on wood seems less soft. I'm sure you will be happy with whichever you choose. the sunstrucks are a very good price and are sometimes on sale. happy hunting and knitting with which ever you choose.
I don't know if there is very much difference. I h... (show quote)


Thank you. Your response is very timely because I am just looking at the sunstrucks on the Knitpick site. I am a little wary of ordering from them as the last time my credit card was compromised because their site was hacked. Hopefully they now have better security.
Dec 1, 2013 19:20:33   #
alidakyle
 
alidakyle wrote:
Thank you. Your response is very timely because I am just looking at the sunstrucks on the Knitpick site. I am a little wary of ordering from them as the last time my credit card was compromised because their site was hacked. Hopefully they now have better security.


Second response: do you know if the cables from the nickel plated interchangables are compatible with the sunstrucks or any other wooden/bamboo needles? Or are they all completely separate?
Dec 1, 2013 19:38:16   #
AmyKnits (account disabled)
 
The "wood" needles most commonly used are KnitPicks and Dreamz interchangeables. These are made from laminated birch which is a harder wood than bamboo.

Bamboo needles are very soft... Bamboo is a vegetable, not a wood. They are prone to splitting, denting and cracking. They are usually "unfinished" which leaves them VERY sticky.. The yarn does not glide across the needle, but often the stitches need to be pushed along.

You CAN buy carbonized bamboo needles which are treated to darken the fiber. Carbonizing SOUNDS as though it would harden the fiber, but it actually SOFTENS it by 30%. I haven't tried them myself, but I know they don't make carbonized bamboo interchangeables.

I used bamboo needles a few times when I first started knitting (clover, rather cheap needles) and had to keep an emery board nearby for the inevitable little "catches" that would occur. I have since tossed all my bamboo needles in the trash.

I would recommend the laminated birch needles as they will last longer with no denting, splitting and/or cracking. The laminated birch have a nice, sharp tip AND a nice smooth finish which is far nicer to knit with... The stitches WILL glide along the smooth, finished surface.
 
Dec 1, 2013 19:42:30   #
alidakyle
 
Thanks, Amy. I am kind of leaning towards the birch ones, so it is nice to a positive review.
Dec 1, 2013 19:46:56   #
nrc1940
 
I use the knit picks nickle plated and their harmony needles. I especially like the harmony needles for fine lace work. The fine yarn doesn't seem to slide quite as easily on the laminated birch wood that the harmonys are made from, which is a plus.
Dec 1, 2013 20:06:05   #
alidakyle
 
nrc1940 wrote:
I use the knit picks nickle plated and their harmony needles. I especially like the harmony needles for fine lace work. The fine yarn doesn't seem to slide quite as easily on the laminated birch wood that the harmonys are made from, which is a plus.


Are both the sunstrucks and the harmony needles made of birch? Yet they are not the same?? Do the colours on the harmony become annoying?
Dec 1, 2013 20:09:52   #
Yarn Happy
 
I actually have both an interchangeable set of great bamboo from HiyaHiya, I use them when I require a duller point. I also have Knitter Pride Dreams when I want sharper points. ChiaoGoo has a bamboo set that is very nice also, with sharper points, they actually seem to have a nice finish like the hard wood needles do. If I could only have one set I think I would go with the ChiaoGoo bamboo.
As long as I stay away from the metal, I have no problems, but the metal seems to make me ache? (Which is a sad thing, because I love the metal the best, nice and fast)
Dec 1, 2013 21:37:07   #
nrc1940
 
This quoted from the Website:
Sunstruck's golden layers of laminated birch allow every stitch to be beautifully displayed on a sun-kissed finish. The smooth, burnished surface of Sunstruck needles is perfectly balanced with just the right amount of grip, which works wonders for working with slick fibers like mohair, silk, and angora. And with gradual, tapered points, smooth joins, and flexible cables, you'll love using Sunstruck needles for everything from lace to cables and textured projects.

These beautiful laminated birch wood needles show off waves of color so nicely in the clear vinyl carrying case. Our Harmony wood needles provide just the right amount of grip to make slick yarns manageable, plus the gradual tapered points easily slip into stitches, making complicated patterns easy.

I've knitted several lace shawls and didn't find the colors of the Harmony needles distracting. I hadn't even thought of it as an issued but I can see where it could be for some people.

alidakyle wrote:
Are both the sunstrucks and the harmony needles made of birch? Yet they are not the same?? Do the colours on the harmony become annoying?
 
Dec 1, 2013 22:50:46   #
Dot700
 
This just goes to show that every knitter has different experiences with different Needles. As I have said on a previous post I was given a pair of bamboo needles and I really like them. I don't find them soft at all and if I have to buy new needles I would seriously consider bamboo.
Dec 1, 2013 23:42:20   #
mopgenorth
 
Unlike human beings, not all bamboo needles are created equal. You cannot lump them all in the same category. There are some high quality bamboo needles out there. Hiya Hiya bamboo interchangeables are impregnanted with resin to make them stronger and more flexible - less prone to splitting, breaking and dulling. They are smooth, not sticky, but still maintain the integrity of all that is good about bamboo needles. The HH bamboo have a flexible nylon swivel cord so it is virtually tangle proof and the tips of their bamboo needles are sharper and than some more inexpensive/generic bamboo needles. Definitely worth checking out.
Dec 2, 2013 01:13:43   #
vjh1530
 
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing grasses in the world, which is why it tends to be inexpensive. In my experience, thought, when it comes to bamboo, you get what you pay for. Cheap bamboo needles can be poorly made. I recommend if you decide to get bamboo that you get the best set you can afford.

If you have arthritis, you may find regular or carbonized bamboo to be the best choice. Both types of bamboo are flexible and lightweight, and will warm in your hands. Carbonized bamboo is slightly antibacterial, and the carbonization helps prevent splitting and cracking. The carbonized bamboo is a bit softer, which makes them a little more flexible - nice for when you are knitting items like socks, that have tight stitches. And both types don't split yarn as often as other types of needles. Regular bamboo has a slight texture that helps keep the yarn from slipping, the carbonized are smoother. I like the way the yarn doesn't slip on the bamboo and carbonized bamboo as opposed to metal needles. I too have severe arthritis in my hands, and I find this helps because I don't have to grip the needles as tightly and it also helps me maintain a good tension with less stress on my finger joints. I also have them as double points for knitting in the round, and find them the easiest to use since they don't slide out when I don't want them to.

Addis makes a lovely set of bamboo interchangeable circs, as does Hiya Hiya and Knitters Pride. I have both carbonized and regular bamboo needles, and like them both. I also have Knitpicks Harmonies circs, and like them as well. You might want to take a look at the square needles if you have pain in your hands. I love them because I can knit much longer with less pain. My suggestion would be to get one set of each type to try. That way you haven't invested a lot of money into a brand or style that you don't like in the long run.
Dec 2, 2013 06:06:21   #
cydneyjo
 
If I need a very sharp point, I choose the laminated needles. If I'm making lace and starting with three stitches that have to be increased to seven or a million, and I'm knitting with "thread," I use my lovely Chaio Goo bamboo needles (which is what I bought them for). Depends on the project, yarn, and which set has the size tip I need, that isn't already in another project.
Page: 1 2 3 4 next>>
          
Main
Home | Latest Digest | Back to Top | All Sections
Contact us | Privacy policy | Terms of use
KnittingParadise.com - Forum
Copyright 2004-2016 Knitting Paradise, Inc.