« Double Six Dominoes Classic Ivory with Spinners in Vinyl Case Hornby R2882 00 Gauge S And Djr 0-6-0 3F Locomotive Railroad Locomotive » 3 thoughts on “Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles “Takumi”, 9-Inch Size 2” 30 of 30 people found the following review helpful Perfect for socks and gloves, December 16, 2010 By Kaleidocherry (Seattle Eastside) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles “Takumi”, 9-Inch Size 8 (Kitchen) I don’t know what that other reviewer was expecting. If Clover made these needle tips 4″ long like their regular circs, the connecting cable could only be 1″ long, which would make it impossible to flex enough to go in a circle. For a smaller circular needle, the tips need to be shortened. That said, these needles are great for the occasional pair of gloves or socks. I have read that the bamboo tips break, but so far I have done four gloves on mine and have not had any breakage, nor have the tips gotten blunt like bamboo needles sometimes do. Highly recommended. They were a bit fiddly at first, but by the time I’d gotten to the end of the first glove’s cuff, I had worked out a way to hold them so that my knitting was just about as fast as when using longer circs. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply 23 of 23 people found the following review helpful Great Needle for Socks!, December 6, 2014 By Lynn B. (MI USA) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles “Takumi” , 9-Inch Size 3 (Kitchen) I was worried the 9″ size would be tough to work with, but they are fine. I have a pair of 12″ Addi Turbos that I found once years ago at a LYS – you never see any that size in the stores and before then it never occurred to me that you could actually find wee circular sock needles. I wanted a second pair because I like working two socks at once and DPNs can be a pain when you knit on the go, which I tend to do for small projects like socks. Plus sometimes those turbos feel a little too pointy and stabby on my fingers. It’s been awhile since I knitted and the sensation of those sharp turbos were annoying to my fingertips. Plus, these were half the price. It does take some getting used to the short length of the actual needle. I am including a photo to show the difference between the Addi Turbi and the Clover needle. It’s kind of comical how short the “loading” area is on the Clover needle, and I would definitely recommend casting on to a DPN and then transferring the stitches to the circular to ensure even tension. I thought I would really miss the longer cord on the Turbos, but after knitting one sock on the Clover and starting on a second on the Turbo, I noticed how often the stitches on the Turbo had to be nudged along. That doesn’t happen with the shorter needle. And while I wouldn’t say that the 12″ needle stretches the socks out of shape, they are definitely stretching a bit. You can see in my other photo how the ribbing on the second sock is stretched out. I just noticed that Addi makes an 8″ size 3 and now I am curious about that one. The 9″ size on the Clover feels about right once you are used to it. I wish they had made a 10″ and made the bamboo part a little longer, but regardless, these still beat DPNs in terms of speed and ease of knitting. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 26 of 27 people found the following review helpful Hooray! No More DPNs, January 23, 2012 By PrincetonReview – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles “Takumi”, 9-Inch Size 2 (Kitchen) I really love these 9-inch circular needles! They are the perfect length for knitting adult socks. The bamboo needle tips provide just enough drag to keep the stitches from accidentally dropping off – a chronic problem I have with metal double-point needles (DPNs). It is true that for the first couple of rounds you may feel as if you are knitting with matchsticks, but as the knitting grows it becomes easy to maintain a relaxed grip. I just finished my first pair of socks with these and was astonished at how fast I can complete a project without the constant needle adjustments that are required of both magic-loop knitting and traditional DPNs. The results are beautiful – absolutely smooth stockinette stitch without any trace of the laddering that can occur when knitting with DPNs. These needles have forever changed how I knit socks. Really, you should give these a try. I predict you will love them too! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.