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Jun 3, 2013 10:53:24   #
I bought some bamboo needles, and remembered that some people treat them with something in order to make them slicker. Any hints/ideas? Thanks
Jun 3, 2013 10:57:27   #
wittless knitter
I rub mine with an old white candle, then buff. works great for me. happy knitting
Jun 3, 2013 10:59:51   #
Beeswax should do it.
Jun 3, 2013 11:37:28   #
I really only have metal ones, and most I inherited from my grandma (which I think are as old as my mom!). Back on track-- I've read many times on here that wax paper can be used on the wooden/bamboo ones! Hope this helps!
Jun 3, 2013 11:56:38   #
I keep knitting with mine and they become as smooth as you could possibly want!!
Jun 3, 2013 11:57:53   #
Dryer sheets also work well.
Jun 3, 2013 12:14:32   #
Yarn Happy
I was using wax paper, but it takes a lot of rubbing with that, then a purchased this
and it works great.
Jun 3, 2013 12:37:16   #
Cathryn 2ed
Minnow wrote:
I keep knitting with mine and they become as smooth as you could possibly want!!

I agree, the more I use mine the better they get.
Jun 4, 2013 07:26:43   #
I bought several pair from a kp website and was very disappointed. One pair splintered in the middle of a project and kept catching on the yarn. no matter how much I sanded them and rubbed with wax, they kept catching. It's back to aluminum for me.
Jun 4, 2013 11:27:08   #
I rub mine with Murphy's Oil Soap then buff with waxed paper. Works like a charm!
Jun 4, 2013 11:31:50   #
Rub with bee's wax, buff with a soft rag. This both cleans and polishes. Rubbing with a dryer sheet will trap debris as will rubbing with wax paper.

However, one of the purposes of using bamboo is to create more "drag" so that stitches don't slip around. Bamboo and wood needles tend to "grab" natural fibers, making them easier to work why would you want them as slick as metal needles?
Jun 4, 2013 14:20:43   #
I don't want them as slick as aluminum needles. I just don't want splinters in my knitting.
Jun 4, 2013 15:47:14   #
Hazel Blumberg - McKee (a regular here)
You can rub them with a piece of wax paper. That'll make 'em slicker.

Jun 4, 2013 17:53:33   #
For some reason certain yarns make my wood needles sticky or 'draggy' and what i do to clean them is to rub well with rubbing alcohol on a clean washcloth to remove residue, then rub with a tiny tiny bit of pure lanolin on my fingers and buff with an old t-shirt. They slick up nicely, and if any lanolin gets on my wool, it doesn't matter at all, it washes right out.
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