Dare I say the dreaded 'S'/'B' word?!

[FONT=“Georgia”][B][I][COLOR=“Navy”]Hey All,
This is just a quickie -I just want to check with those who use both wooden and aluminium needles.

Wooden: With the smaller sizes, have you ever known them to snap (the dreaded ‘s’ word!) when put in a bag?

Aluminium: Have your needles ever bent (the dreaded ‘b’ word), during/after you have worked with them?


I have used some thin bamboo straights without a problem. I always use aluminum dpns for my sock knitting and a couple are now bent but I still use them without a problem.

No, and no. But I know it’s a possibility on the wood. I’ve never heard of too many people bending needles. Not knitting, anyway. :slight_smile:

I’ve had bamboo needles bend or warp, but not snap. I think my mom has had bamboo dpns break on her, but it’s not a frequent occurence.

The only time I saw aluminum needles bend was when my little sister ran into one with her head. Her head was fine, but the needle was pretty much useless.

Never used wooden needles, so I can’t help you there. I have had my bamboo needles warp after a time, but it never rendered them unusuable.

I have accidentally bent aluminum needles myself, but that was more me being dumb than the project causing it. Also, I have a lot of pairs of Boye aluminum straights that I still use from time to time. I used to use them all the time, though, and on some of them, the paint wore of the tips and they got a rough edge.

I’ve had aluminum needles bend on me after years of use. Especially when I used to used them for heavy things like sweaters and afghans. They still work just fine though. I also had some plastic ones that really bent, I think maybe from the heat my hands on the plastic and again, heavy projects.

I have broken the bamboo ones. BUT it’s because I was knitting thick yarn on size four needles. I was making mittens so it was necessary to make them uber warm. Anyhow…I was in the middle of the row and SNAP. Therefore, I no longer use wooden needles

The only metal needles I’ve ever had bent on me are the Boye ones that are smaller. My Susan Bates an Addi Turbo’s have never bent. I do have some plastic needles and they bend while I knit but they always go back into shape.