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I'm just entering the world of "real" knitting. I only own one pair of needles right now, and aluminum pair. I'm just starting to try to knit wool soakers on my own, and need to invest in some different sizes. So... I'm wondering what you prefer your needles to be made of... I've had some trouble with stiches slipping off my aluminum ones, but I've never knit before with wool (only acrylic) so I don't know what would be best...<br><br>
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I prefer bamboo or birch needles, 'cause they're not as *slippery* as aluminum, nor do they make that *clicking* sound when they scrape together.<br>
Bamboo and birch also warm up in your hands, which is nice as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I haven't used any wooden needles, but I love my Addi Turbos for knitting soakers! I just got the Denise Interchangeable set, which are plastic. They seem nice enough - I haven't knit with them yet since I am in mid-project with the Addis.
 

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I love birch needles, they are my absolute favorite and I would recommend those for a beginner. Bamboo is also great.<br><br>
Addis are *very* nice but they are made to be super slick for fast knitters. The yarn slids around on them quite well but I wouldn't recommend them for a newer knitter. You'll lose stitches all over the place. Plus they are $20 a pair! (well...you can get them cheaper on ebay..*L)
 

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I love Inox Both the express and the other (can't think of the name). They are slippery (not quite as addis, but close) and I like the clicky sound <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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I am an addi junkie! I just love the turbos. I don't mind the sounds metal needles make, either. I like bamboo and other woods when only straights will do, but I usually use circs even for back-and-forth knitting.<br><br>
So, I guess part of it comes down to the noise factor. Wood is quiet, addis click, and bates tend toward a sliding sound. None are extremely irritating. I even asked DH years ago if the noise of my needles bothered him when he was watching tv or reading, and he said no, that he found the sound......comforting/pleasant.
 

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Addis for soakers and any other project that I do in the round...except socks, which I prefer to knit on DPNs, and those I like to be wood or bamboo. Metal DPNs or long straights hurt my hands and wrists too much, especially in the smaller sizes.<br><br>
You might try Clover bamboo circs for the soakers (if you doing them ITR, that is). They're relatively inexpensive, I think.<br><br>
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I started w/ the aluminum from wal mart, then bought some clover bamboo straights/circs and am now using Addis mostly. I love the Addis-but have kept all my other needles and still use them since my needle collection is pretty small! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I've never tried birch though!<br>
I'd rec. using the clovers first, you'll like them!
 

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I love Britany Birch needles. They stay warm in your hands which helps keep your hands from cramping, especially nice on projects on small needles. Also birch doesn't let the yarn slip as much but is still slicker than bamboo which makes it easy to slide your stitches on the needles.
 

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I am a new knitter. My first needles were aluminum. My second (and all subsequent needles have been bamboo). I like them so much better! Also, if you have small children I think circulars are a lot easier to deal with than straight needles (my DS who is now 19 months kept grabbing the straight needles--with circulars the needles are not so easy to get at). You can use circulars to knit flat, so I don't think you have to ever use straight needles (not counting double points) if you don't want to.<br><br>
Okay, I am driving myself crazy because I keep ending sentences with prepositions (I know this is no big deal but I can't help it--both my parents were English teachers at some point) so I will end this post.
 

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I definately prefer wood (and I will only use wood for my dpn's), but that being said, I also love my Denise set. I got it when I was first starting and it was nice having all those sizes together. They are a good value, imo.<br>
I do have some addis and I love them, too, but are a bit pricey. I usually prefer the Inox over the Addis. They aren't as much $ (I think $5 or so as opposed to $12 on up) and the tips seem to be a bit more pointed on the smaller sizes than the Addis.
 
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