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February 27th, 2008, 01:52 PM
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What type of needles do you prefer for knitting (wood, aluminum, something else)? Or is it based on your project/type of yarn?

My starter kit came with wooden ones, which I like, but my grandma always used aluminum so I'm just trying to understand whether there's a difference, special purpose, or if it's just user preference.

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February 27th, 2008, 04:44 PM
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What type of needles do you prefer for knitting (wood, aluminum, something else)? Or is it based on your project/type of yarn?

My starter kit came with wooden ones, which I like, but my grandma always used aluminum so I'm just trying to understand whether there's a difference, special purpose, or if it's just user preference.

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the only kind I have here available to me are the aluminium ones

I don't know how to knit yet but these are the ones I'm going to try with.

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February 27th, 2008, 07:44 PM
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I used bamboo double pointed needles for socks. For everything else, I use my interchangeable needles set (I got it from knitpicks.com, it's the one with metal tips).
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February 29th, 2008, 09:15 AM
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It's definitely personal preference. Some people like different needles with different yarns.

I actually like aluminum for most things (but then again I've never tried knitting with really slippery yarn). Otherwise I use my denise set for everything and those are plastic.
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March 3rd, 2008, 10:55 AM
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Great info, ladies, thanks!
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March 17th, 2008, 01:03 PM
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It is mainly a matter of personal preference. When my hands were really bad I had to switch to bamboo needles for all of my knitting and that really helped. I find I'm not quite as fast with them as with other materials though. Of course my addi turbos are my favourite needles and I love it when I have an excuse to use those or else need a new size and have to buy another set of them.
The weight and warmth of the needles are often important to the knitter. The speed and slip with regards to different yarns also play an important part in the decision for others.
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