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Jul 29, 2012 12:54:53   #
GroodleMom
 
I am seeing adds for these new needles. They advertise them as flexible and even show one needle bending slightly. Supposedly they are light, warm to the touch as wood is and "flexible".
Wonder if this flexibility is a good thing?
 
Jul 29, 2012 12:59:25   #
Linday
 
Can't say but there are times I wish my needle would bend, just a bit.
Jul 30, 2012 08:14:27   #
Loramarin
 
I am axious to try them. I prefer metal to wood because I knit faster and smoother on metal. However metal is rough on my joints. I think the flexibility of the Karbonz might be a good thing. If it has a good point and yarn slides easily I will get some.
Jul 30, 2012 08:40:26   #
GroodleMom
 
Loramarin wrote:
I am axious to try them. I prefer metal to wood because I knit faster and smoother on metal. However metal is rough on my joints. I think the flexibility of the Karbonz might be a good thing. If it has a good point and yarn slides easily I will get some.


Have you tried the Knit Picks Harmony needles or Knit Pro Symphony? I have those and they are wood but very slick and the tips are very sharp. They feel better to me than the metal and I dont like the "click". Just wondering about the flexibility issue of the Karbonz. Might be worth a try.
Jul 30, 2012 09:21:04   #
DonnieK
 
I don't know, maybe it is just me, but I enjoy the "click" of the metal needles. It is a relaxing sound to me and I know that each one of those clicks takes me closer to the end of the project.
I have tried wood and do not like it. But, I don't do lace knitting so..................
what would I know? I am just an old school knitter anyway.
Jul 30, 2012 09:29:50   #
Yarn Happy
 
DonnieK wrote:
I don't know, maybe it is just me, but I enjoy the "click" of the metal needles. It is a relaxing sound to me and I know that each one of those clicks takes me closer to the end of the project.
I have tried wood and do not like it. But, I don't do lace knitting so..................
what would I know? I am just an old school knitter anyway.


Me too, I think we like what we learned on.
 
Jul 30, 2012 12:29:49   #
Wheat
 
We saw these at TNNA wholesale show in June. They are one of the few things I actually got excited about.

TheHenry (engineer that he is) commented you could probably hammer them into wood and not break them. Not that I am suggesting you try, but only to illustrate they are amazingly strong and better yet are going to be offered in sizes down to 0000

Normally when we bring in a new line, we "over order" the smaller sizes because of breakage. We did, but in a much smaller quantity because we just don't see this being an issue as it is with other products.

Truly an amazing product. We will be replacing all our Clover Knitting Needles with Knitter's Pride lines over the coming year. I think between the Pony and KP we really will be able to meet most needs.

We had an opportunity to sit down with the principles of the company at the show and I was truly impressed by their gracious but business like attitude.

Which reminds me, need to go call the distributor and find out where they are.

Enjoy The Making

Wheat
Jul 30, 2012 13:27:15   #
Loramarin
 
Thank you Wheat for your assessment of the Karbonz. I eagarly try new things. I find I use different needles for different projects. Never enough needles!
Jul 30, 2012 19:09:23   #
IndigoSpinner
 
The sense I'm getting from these in the flexible idea is that they are stiff, but not unyielding. Stiff enough to knit with easily, but have some give in the same way that walking on a wood floor gives as opposed to a cement floor.

If you don't think there's a difference there, you should spend a day standing and walking on each kind of floor, then you'd see the difference.
Aug 1, 2012 06:17:02   #
Torti
 
Where can I buy these needles. I live in Western Australia. I spent the last 6 months in Tasmania and saw the symphony needles and thought they were lovely. But I don't know if I can knit with them. I can no longer knit with metal needles and don't like bamboo. I love knitting with steel lined plastic coated needles so think the flexibility of pride karbonz may be just right for me. Is there a website where I can look for these needles. Thank you Torti
Aug 1, 2012 08:50:20   #
IndigoSpinner
 
Look fot Knitters Pride needles. The page has all their needle lines. Just click on Karbonz.

They will be out in US stores in September. I don't know if or when they'll be available elsewhere.

They may not be a complete answer for you. At this point, they have no plans to make needles larger than US size 4 available.
 
Aug 1, 2012 09:14:14   #
GroodleMom
 
lostarts wrote:
Look fot Knitters Pride needles. The page has all their needle lines. Just click on Karbonz.

They will be out in US stores in September. I don't know if or when they'll be available elsewhere.

They may not be a complete answer for you. At this point, they have no plans to make needles larger than US size 4 available.


FYI:
They are available on WEBS now but only as single straight or circular needles and DP needles.
They do have sizes larger than size 4.
I am hoping they will make interchangables.
Knit PIcks also has new needles. They are made of birch so they are a light color. I supposed they listened to the complaints about using Harmony needles with dark yarn.
The difference I see between the new birch needles and the standard Harmony needles is that they do not have a tip as sharp as the Harmonies.
Aug 1, 2012 14:41:55   #
IndigoSpinner
 
GroodleMom wrote:
lostarts wrote:
Look fot Knitters Pride needles. The page has all their needle lines. Just click on Karbonz.

They will be out in US stores in September. I don't know if or when they'll be available elsewhere.

They may not be a complete answer for you. At this point, they have no plans to make needles larger than US size 4 available.


FYI:
They are available on WEBS now but only as single straight or circular needles and DP needles.
They do have sizes larger than size 4.
I am hoping they will make interchangables.
Knit PIcks also has new needles. They are made of birch so they are a light color. I supposed they listened to the complaints about using Harmony needles with dark yarn.
The difference I see between the new birch needles and the standard Harmony needles is that they do not have a tip as sharp as the Harmonies.
quote=lostarts Look fot Knitters Pride needles. T... (show quote)


Webs has the needles listed online, but if you actually read it, it says you can pre-order them. They are NOT available anywhere at this time, although they will be soon. The distributor said they'll be out in September, but they'll try to get them out in the stores sooner if they can. They did do a limited pre-production, because some people at a knitting and fiberarts show have already been able to see them and try them, so they can do reviews in advance of actual availability.
May 11, 2013 00:40:52   #
Ozgate
 
Morris and Sons in Sydney & Melbourbe have the Karbonz needles, but their prices are expensive, have also come across some on eBay.
May 11, 2013 00:40:54   #
Ozgate
 
Morris and Sons in Sydney & Melbourbe have the Karbonz needles, but their prices are expensive, have also come across some on eBay.
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