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Why are knitting needles so expensive.
Anyone got tips on where to buy your knitting needles?
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Date: 12/21/10 9:38 PM

I am shocked to see how expensive knitting needles are these days, and a good portion of them pastic at that?.
Is ther an online site that sells them cheaper than the yarn shops, Michaels and JoAnn ?

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Date: 12/21/10 9:51 PM

go to you local salvation store or goodwill or savor store. I find lot of knitting needles there. You could also find tons of them on ebay.
dirt cheap. these places is where i find my knitting and chrochet needles.

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Date: 12/21/10 10:31 PM

Thanks for the suggestion skae, yes I am sure Salv Store or thrift shops may have them. Why did I not think of that.

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Date: 12/21/10 10:53 PM

I use Addi Turbo (Skacel) circular needles. I bought one of every size and length over the years and now never need to buy another needle. These are very well made and the yarn just slips off easily. I do not like bamboo as the yarn sticks to the needle and they get snags and burrs on them eventually. I bought a lot of mine from Alpaca Direct ...they had the best prices when I bought awhile back. If you've never used the turbos just buy one and see how you like it. They are the fastest needle I know of. Best Wishes

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Date: 12/21/10 11:04 PM

I get allot of mine from Red Barn Farm online. I love the nickel circular, surina wood dpn. I have tried thrift stores but have gotten home only to find they are off a size or a bit bent when taken out of the package. ....Red Barn Farm has good prices IMO. Fast service too!

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Date: 12/22/10 5:21 AM

Depending on the sizes you need I have a few extra straight needles....12" & 10", PM me & I would be glad to share them with you! .... No plastic ones though, I do not use plastic if I can help it they seem to bend with the weight of the knitting for me. ....
Be glad to help you out if I can. .....
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Date: 12/22/10 7:51 AM

I saw a pair for 25 cents at the thrift store a couple of weeks ago.

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Date: 12/22/10 8:10 AM

My thrift stores never have anything like that. I get all mine at either Wal-mart or Michaels. Once in a while Joanns or Hancocks. I generally use the store coupons. I like the Boye or Bates needles(metal/aluminium). They are only a couple of dollars and I've had some of mine for over 40 years.

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Date: 12/22/10 1:06 PM

I am using a size 9US right now. The pattern called for Size 8 but I have measured stitches and depth and it seems to be OK so far. A freind gave me some size 2 and 3 so I can make matching booties. I have never done a cable knit but may try it down the road.I have the back done and half way thru the pockets so maybe not bad since I just started. ( less computer time ..ha )

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Date: 12/22/10 2:46 PM

ask at the thrift shop if you do not see them on the shelf. I have often asked an learned that they had things in the back or they would take my name and call me whe they had it.

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