Published on April 9th, 2012 | by Rita0
Knitting With Signature Needle Arts
Knitters are a picky group of people- more than your average “hobbyist” picky. I believe that is because for many knitters out there, knitting itself goes beyond just a hobby, and borders on a lifestyle. If you talk to a knitter for very long at all, you’ll get all sorts of opinions on all kinds of things: yarn, knitting needles, patterns, stitch markers, bags, and so forth.
A knitter myself, for many years now, I am certainly not exempt from being labeled picky. I like my yarn natural, and wool if I have my druthers. I like my needles metal and circular. I am a longtime user of both interchangeable metal needles, and lace needles, which have a very sharp point for working with tiny yarn and complicated stitches. My biggest complaint with my lace needles is that they are often easily bent.
When I got the opportunity to try out one of Signature Needle Arts circular needles I was quite excited. I’d heard talk of how durable Signature makes their needles, and I was eager for the chance to give one a spin. Each of the needles is made with aircraft quality aluminum, which have been annodized and then brite dipped. Signature Needle Arts takes care to make sure everything they do are in complete compliance with EPA guidelines- which insures that they are producing in the most environmentally friendly way possible. All of their needles are made entirely here in the USA.
When you order circular needles from Signature you can choose your cable length, needle length and whether you want your needles monogrammed or not. Once you have monogramming done returns are not possible, as your needles become custom. Another very popular needle is the Stiletto, which is a straight needle with a very long taper and a very sharp point. It makes doing complicated stitches involving many loops quite manageable.
While the Signature needles are definitely in a higher price range than your average needles found at craft store, the difference in quality is immediately recognizable. You will not have to replace these anywhere near as often, as they are not inclined to break or bend. Knitting with them is a dream. The weight of them is wonderful, and the brite coating allows them to glide through your fingers. Surprisingly, they’re not as slippery as other metal needles. Even the silk and alpaca yarns I tried had enough grip to be comfortable. I never worried that I was going to lose a bunch of stitches off the end.
In my opinion, the circular needles from Signature are worth every bit of what they cost. Don’t be afraid to splurge, because you’ll ultimately end up with a set of needles that will last you a long time, and will be a joy to knit with.