Why Natural Needles?
The fibers we knit with aren't the only aspect of our knitting that should be natural. The needles are important as well. If they're not natural they can impart unhealthy toxins into our bodies. Many knitters, especially newer knitter use plastic or aluminum needles. Have you ever owned a set of cheap aluminum needles and had the paint chip off during knitting? Where do those paints go, as they dissolve off your needles? Straight into your skin. But if you try natural needles, you will probably find that you like them better! Let's take a look at the benefits of different types of natural materials;
Bamboo needles are warm and smooth to the touch, making them ideal for those who don't like the cold feel and clicking noise of metal needles. For beginner knitters, bamboo is our top choice. Bamboo needles are easier to handle than metal or other woods, because the stitches don't slip off the needles.
Wood needles are an excellent choice for more experienced knitters, who want a slicker choice than bamboo, but don't like the clanking of metal. There are several different types of woods used in needles, including Birch, Ebony, Olive and Rosewood.
Metal needles come in several types. Brass, chrome and steel are excellent choices for advanced knitters who want speed. However when choosing metal needles, watch out for the common aluminum needles. It's well documentd that aluminum contains toxins that can leech into the skin during use.
Natural needles made of materials such as bamboo and rosewood are eco-friendly, as opposed to plastic needles. Natural needles are also non-allergic, unlike nickel-plated and some plastic needles. Plastic and aluminum needles are usually much lower quality than wood or other metal needles. You may have found aluminum needles tend to warp after short term use. For a serious knitter, the perfect needle is a must-have and if you try out natural needles, odds are, you'll never knit another stitch on plastic or aluminum again. Good quality needles are more expensive, but knitting needles are a key component in your knitting and a good needle will not only last longer, but will provide you a much more enjoyable knitting experience.
Every knitter is going to have a different preference in needle material. The type of items you knit most will also influence your choice. For speed knitting, metal will be your best option. For delicate lace you may like super sharp metal tips, or, you may like wood. Whatever your preference, we suggest you stick with natural. With so many options to choose from, you won't be disappointed.