I bought some aluminum straights I think were Boye. The painted finish is peeling off them. :hmm: What’s a good brand of straights for me to buy?
buy knit picks circs and you’ll never go back to straights. :yay:
If you’re dead set on aluminum straights, I’ve got a pair or two of Susan Bates that have held up well.
Otherwise, if you’re in the market for straights that are a little less slick than aluminum, but not as rough as bamboo, I love (love love) Lantern Moon needles. I have a couple pair of the rosewood and ebony straights, and I adore them. They are well worth the price!
i buy the ones at WM… on the lighter colors the chipping and scratches are less noticeable… i tried using circulars last night, my carpal tunnel flared up (which means it’s going to be interesting!)
I have some Inox aluminum straight needles. Mine are pretty new, but my husband’s aunt has some old ones that look fine. They are coated with Teflon so I guess that helps preserve the paint job. They are not expensive, either.
Here are some (but lots of places sell them):
The Local Needle Needles
Note: The larger size needles in Inox tend to be plastic. I have some of these, too, and like them.
I am in the minority–I like straight needles. The boyes are nasty that way–mine did the same thing and I contacted them to complain and they sent a new pair.
But my faves are the Susan Bates silvalume. I also have straights in bamboo from Valley Yarns (that’s the WEBS [yarn.com] brand and I like them for when I am working with slippery yarn.
What I think would be great is if knitpicks were to make straights in the same material as their circular points.
Honestly, your best bet is to go to e-bay and have a mooch for second-hand Aero or Milward needles.
Couldn’t tell you many generations of English (nationality, that is) knitters have used these.
They won’t cost much and should last you a lifetime.
All the Best