Thursday, February 3, 2011

Why I’m a Spoiled Brat #13


One of the many perks of my freelance life is that I get to spend days swatching for upcoming projects. I’m currently under contract for a top-secret book project and for a top-secret sock project. I spent the better part of the last two days swatching colorwork patterns for the book project. Today, I turned my attention to the sock.

As I’ve swatched different stitch patterns, I’ve been contemplating the pleasures of a fine set of needles. For the past couple of years, I’ve collected Signature needles as my budget allows and I am now the happy owner of four sets for sock knitting: size 2.25 mm, 2.5 mm, 2.75 mm, and 3 mm. I like to knit tight and the sharp points on these needles makes easy work of even twisted and traveling stitches. In addition to being made of lightweight but strong metal, the brilliant people at Signature Needle Arts chose to make each size a different color. I wish you could see me grin as I type this—not only are they the coolest colors, it is impossible to confuse the needles!



If owning a broad range of sizes of double-point Signature needles doesn’t qualify me for spoildness, the surprise that arrived in my mailbox last week certainly will. About a year ago I sent an autographed copy of Getting Started Knitting Socks to Cathy Bothe, owner of Signature Needle Arts. In return, she sent me one of the new circular needles—this one is a 40” size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm). I can use it with the the magic loop method for my next pair of socks!



9 comments:

JelliDonut said...

I am so jealous, I almost can't stand it. Please let us know what you think of the new circulars. I'm considering asking my daughter to forgo college so I can own all of them. I wonder what she'll say...

Virginia said...

Ooh, pretty needles. Love them!

How are your parents doing? I've been thinking about all of you.

Glenda said...

Ooooooh, I went over to the Signature Needles website so fast my keyboard is smoking.

I have your "Handy Book of Patterns" and I am taking your class on this Saturday, whoops, SUNDAY, glad I just looked at that.... can't wait, really enjoy reading your blog.

adriene said...

I think someday I might just go ahead and collect up a nice set of dpns just as you have. Those Signature needles remind me of a set of beautiful cups and saucers I saw once on vacation... jewel tones with silver rims... and I've regretted not buying them ever since! Sigh!

Mona said...

You are spoiled (and rightly so)!

NutmegOwl said...

I haven't managed the new 3s and 4s, but Christmas gave me the other sizes. Having knitted several mitts and mittens 2AAT on the Signature 5s, they are like driving a Porsche. Or at least what I think that would feel like. ENJOY!

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