I love bamboo needles. When I was a beginner, I only knit with crappy, metal craft store needles until I made a super bulky project. The only needles I could find that were big enough were bamboo so that’s what I bought. I was instantly hooked, and I’ve been knitting with bamboo ever since. I slowly replaced all of my needles, buying new ones as my projects demanded them. At this point, most of my bamboo needles have seen their fair share of knitting. They’re glossy, smooth, and amazing to knit with. I adore them.
When I went to start the sleeve of this sweater, I couldn’t find my 5mm needles with a 16in cable. I shrugged it off and continued with my needles with a longer cable. It didn’t make a difference when I was working on the short rows, but when I got to the rounds, using the magic loop got old fast. I’m pretty slow at using the magic loop so I try to avoid it as much as possible. I finally gave in a bought a new pair of needles in the right size. I’m happy to have the right cable length, but man! I forgot how annoying it is to break in a new pair of bamboo needles. I didn’t realize quite how silky smooth I had worn my older needles until I had a new pair to compare them to. I’m looking forward to getting some mileage on these guys so they’ll be nicer to work with.
I know not everyone is a bamboo fan because they can be a little grabby. What’s your favorite kind of needles?