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Published on April 9th, 2012 | by Rita


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.

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Professionally in healthcare, and semi-professionally a photographer, former student at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, and full-time student of human nature, Rita has been writing for Truly Net for many years. Born and raised in the Midwest, she spent years on Oahu, and has formed some very strong opinions about all things knitting, pie, and the best places to climb. She really enjoys good food, music and friends, and is perfectly willing to write about, and photograph any or all of those things.

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