How do I RELAX new circular needles?

I run the cord past the steam from a whistling tea kettle at full boil. (You have to be careful not to burn your fingers.)
Then I suspend the needles from a table or drawer with a weight tied on. A tennis shoe works well.

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Following! My interchangeable ChiaoGoo cables are much better than the ones from hobby stores (why can’t I think of the brand right now?). And I LOVE the hole to thread a lifeline! My set was about $100 on Amazon. It has #2-15.

OMG! I can’t imagine spending that much on needles, but if you are doing a lot of knitting for everyone I suppose it’s necessary to have a good set.

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Thank you, Cindy. I’ll give these all a try if one doesn’t work. I’m out today at my daughters but will definitely try to do a trick or two tonight and see if this will help. Thanks again.

Buying an entire set of needles isn’t a requirement. I don’t know about all brands but the ones I use can be purchased separately as fixed circulars or tips and cables. If you add up what it would cost to buy different lengths of the same size needles if needed then consider that you’d be buying several sizes in assorted lengths you can see that in the long run a set isn’t as expensive as it seems up front. It does depend on how much knitting you expect to do. A couple of fixed circs in a length that allows for magic loop so you can knit small diameter projects might be all you need.

Well I’ve been around a long time and have definitely accumulated a lot of needles. Unfortunately my granddaughter seems to be wanting to “borrow” them and she lives out of town. She conveniently has forgotten to bring them

With her different times and I’ve had to go purchase more. It’s frustrating because I’ve given her an awful lot of my doubles already but it just seems like when I want

a certain size it’s been “borrowed.” :smiley:

Aha. You need to start a BYON (bring your own needles) policy. Rule breakers must buy their own. :rofl: My granddaughter learned to knit but doesn’t seem interested in actually doing it. The things we do for the grands.

I know!!! :+1:

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OMG! THIS WORKED FANTASTICALLY! I actually was shocked to see how well and how FAST this worked! I used a big stainless steel bowl and poured boiling water over the needles and they almost immediately straightened out and the curled needle was coming up out of the bowl like a snake with an Indian snake charmer act! I couldn’t believe it. I just took the towel and dried it off and VOILA! Instant success. The only problem I’m worried about is the fact that maybe the joining might be affected where the needle and the tubing is joined. So far…so good, I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH, Cindy! YOU ROCK!

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Glad it worked!!! U might have to do it again after they’ve been stored for awhile, but now u have the knowledge!!

Happy Knitting!!!
Knitcindy

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I thought so too, but I’ve really used them! I even wish I had two sets! I have bought extra cables. If you break it down into 13 pair, the price seems more reasonable.

Beth

I definitely understand purchasing them if you can afford it and have intentions of doing a lot of knitting. If I was in that position I’d do it too.

The funny thing is that in the past I know I’ve tried the hot water thing and it didn’t seem to work. I most likely was afraid to use REALLY hot water. Now I have another question. What the heck do you do to store them now, because I keep all of my circulars in the packages that they come in, but I have to admit, I’ve been away from knitting for sometime so can’t attest to how curly they are when you start to knit again with them.

What would you suggest for storing the needles now that they’re straightened out?

Steam was the way I’d heard it. Nice to know this one works, too.

It definitely does! It was the first method I tried.

There are circular needle holders like this one that you can make or buy. They keep the cables from curling up again. The most convenient ones are on hangers so the they can slip into a closet without taking up much space.

Wow! Thanks so much. I’ve been away from knitting so long and now all the yarns are classified too as to their thickness…numbers like 4, 7 and so on. What a change…interchangeable circular needles and everything.

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I kwym. My dad used to knit years ago and he said the same thing – all kinds of thick yarns and thick needles!!!

Knitcindy

You can’t get away from change it seems. I have a hard time with that.

I use Clover Needlecraft Takumi circular needles. Purchase from Amazon. The metal ones @ Walmart are frustrating to work without.