Reader Sue asked in the comments yesterday:
I have not knitted much lace. For a beginner, which one of your shawlettes would you suggest?
Anyone have any suggestions for Sue? I have a hard time answering this objectively since I created them. For those of you who have knitted my shawlette patterns, which one or ones do you think easiest?
I am working along on my new shawlette and still loving both yarn and needle.
There was more discussion of the Signature needles in the comments yesterday. Yes, I like them better than my Addi Lace needles. I think they are pointier (my stiletto tips are anyhow) and they are better quality.
It’s my opinion, and I stand by it. Most needles are mass-produced. The Signature needles are hand-crafted and hand-polished. Of course they are going to be better. And of course they are going to cost more. It is up to the individual knitter to decide how they want to spend their hobby bucks, and how much they want to spend on their tools and yarns. I have no problems with that. I think I’ve used every brand of knitting needle under the sun at one time or another, and I have never used a needle I like better than these babies.
More on the needles — my understanding is that the next sizes they are going to offer are U.S. 3 and 4 — I can’t wait. But what I really can’t wait for is when they get down to size 0 — because that is my sock needle of choice. I’ll be happy to invest in two size 0 circulars with stiletto points for all my sock knitting. (Hear that, Signature Needle Arts? I’m waiting!)