My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


No Guilt

I was, I admit, a bit surprised by the comments on yesterday’s post. I did not know that so many people felt guilt at pitching out a project that wasn’t working for them. I’ve never had issues with guilt over this — life is too short to force yourself to work on something you are not enjoying, particularly when that something is your hobby or means of relaxation — something you do for fun.

So embrace your inner bad-ass! If you hate what you are knitting, stop knitting it! Frog it! Give it away! Throw it away! Power to the knitters!

I shall now step down off my soapbox and resume knitting on my fun project.

Wendy T. asked in the comments:

Signature needles – – would you say they are pointer than Knitpicks?ย  That much nicer?ย  What length did you get for your Size 6 – – I’m gonna bite and get one too but I don’t know if I should get 24″ or 32″ – – – I tend to use 24″ the most.ย  I’ve been eyeballing them for a long, long while.

I don’t know if they are pointier than Knitpicks as I don’t have a size 6 Knitpicks needle to compare to it. Well, I probably do in the Knitpicks Options set that I have kicking around somewhere. But I stopped using that set because the joins were very unreliable and kept unscrewing themselves.

What I will tell you is that the Signature needles are much higher quality than the Knitpicks. It’s like comparing a BMW to a stripped-down Hyundai. Or a Montblanc pen to a Bic ballpoint. (As I recall, in her review of the Signature needles on Knitters Review, Clara Parkes likened them to a Montblanc pen.) This is truly a matter of “you get what you pay for.”

Lucy sez:

“You talkin’ to me?”


  1. I agree on the Signature Needles. My non-knitting husband wondered what could be that different in a set of knitting needles, to make them worth the price. Then he picked them up and said, “Ohhhh. I see!” ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Sheri´s last blog ..Well That Was Fun =-.

  2. Yum Signatures. I got some DPNs for Christmas last year and love them!
    .-= LaLa´s last blog ..TNNA Video =-.

  3. Celestine says:

    Good Advice Wendy. I need to keep reminding myself when I get crazy over making mistakes or having problems with a pattern. Hi Lucy…wahat a pretty girl

  4. Are the Signature needles shiny? I have a problem with glare on shiny metal.

  5. Frances says:

    Yep, life is too short to work on something that is not working for you. I love the new lace project and the color. May have to go over to TLE. Signature circs are the best. It’s definitely worth it to spend money on things you love and use often.

  6. Cyndi J says:

    Life is too short to be miserable! Why knit something that doesn’t bring you joy?? Congrats to you for moving on to something fun! Can’t wait to see that gorgeous shade of blue as it progresses! I may have to splurge on a Signature needle after hearing your comparisons.

  7. Thanks for reminding me that knitting should be enjoyable, and there’s no point knitting something I don’t enjoy. I’ve got a sock kicking around that I haven’t been enjoying but for some reason I feel like I “should” finish them… maybe now I’ll have the guts to frog (or toss) them.

    As a side note, I love the colour of your new shawlette!

  8. I’ve recently started frogging or pitching projects that just aren’t doing it for me. I feel so much less stress when I get rid of it. If I keep it, then I feel the pressure of it hanging over my head.

    I love your new lace!

  9. Your candid review of Knit Picks Options needles reminds me that Kelley did give a lovely review of Toe-Up Socks for Every Body in her Podcast # 141 in the last 5 minutes of the podcast. I’ve been looking at the Signature Needle Arts circulars and am hoping they make them in smaller sizes. How do you like them compared to Addi Lace circular needles?

  10. Please tell me that the Signature folks shared with you when they plan to come out with more sizes of the circulars? I would like my first Signature circs to be US 4’s…..

  11. I love your blog, and not just because your name is Wendy! And I love Lucy and your comments about her, but most of all – today – I love that Signature needles were mentioned!

    I think the Gods are telling me to buy some because I just checked out their website and fell in love, then asked for feedback on Ravelry and today I have heard Signature likened to a Rolls Royce, a Ferrari and now a Mont Blanc pen – and it just doesn’t get any better than that!

    I am new to knitting, have only attempted lace knitting with sock weight yarns so far but have the yarn, have the patterns and just want the needles that will enable me to produce world class lace! HAHA! (No harm in aiming high is there?)


  12. Haven’t gone the circular route with signatures, but I love my DP’s!!!!

  13. Phyllis says:

    Thanks for your review. I have been eyeing the Signature circs for a long time. I have one set of DPN’s and one set of straights. I would love to have all of them. Knitting is so much more pleasureable when you like the tools (needles and yarn) your working with.

  14. I’m been thinking about getting the Signatures circulars, and now I’m going to. And I love it that you threw out the project that didn’t work out, and that you don’t feel guilty about it. You’re right – life is too short to force yourself to work on something that you don’t enjoy, especially considering that this is a hobby.

  15. As soon as Signature offers the circular 1’s and 2’s I will be all over those bad boys. Two of each is gonna be a big chunk of change but I have a feeling it will be so worth it.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Not another pair of socks- And tips for TAAT =-.

  16. I love my Signature circs. I got the first one when they were first offered. The join is so-so but I still love them and wanted to get another circ but they were no longer offered. As soon as the announcement came that they were back on sale, I bagged another set. They are definitely pointier than Knit-pics and I make sure to keep the points well covered when the needles are not in use.

  17. You are so right about the Signature needles. I love my pairs of straights, and recently treated myself to a pair of the circs. They truly are the Rolls Royce/Montblanc pen/choose your own symbol of luxury in knitting needles. I love, love, LOVE the stiletto point (and imho they are absolutely sharper than the Addi lace needles), and the join is smooth as buttah. You can’t do better!

  18. I abslolutely love the new shawlette and the hydrangea color.. Blue is my favorite color in everything. I just may have to get some of that yarn. I have not knittied much lace. For a beginner, which one of your shawlettes would you suggest? I bought one of your patterns but not sure it is the one you would recommend. All the sock yarns I have right now are varigated. I guess I can do my first one with that for practice. TIA

  19. Sally Eller says:

    First, just in case you remember my emails about my pdf not working for the scarf… my son is visiting and he found a messed up setting and now my pdfs are fine.

    But, most importantly, thank you so much for your stepping up in support of letting yourself enjoy your knitting and not having any “shoulds” about it! I find that I have many WIPs on the needles and many friends and fellow knitters who say “How can you not finish one thing before you start another?” I have no problem with this as I maintain that my knitting is MY fun, and MY way to relax, and I refuse to follow any “have to” rules about it. I totally agree with life being short… and one should enjoy it as much as possible. Thank you for affirming this for me! And I have a couple of UFOs that I will now toss away!

    And now to order some Signature needles!


  20. Hi Wendy,
    Here’s a great article about us, written by Spike Gillespie of Austin. I don’t know if this is the venue for it – if not, I apologize: feel free to delete. Happy knitting,

  21. Scarlettcrafty says:

    I agree.. . Power to Knitters! and all crafters alike. Let go of guilt- allow it to run right past you. If the frog stitch becomes too much then, I usually toss the whole thing into the bag that will end up at Goodwill or another thrift store. My trash could be somebody’s treasure… I would hate to deny anyone their idea of fun! Thanks for having such a great blog; I enjoy it!

  22. But, are the Signatures better than Addi Turbo?

  23. I agree 100% that if something is not working for you, and it is something you do for relaxation get rid of it. I absolutely love my Signature brand needles. They are wonderful!! Lucy in her tough mode ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. snowangel says:

    I can’t imagine why there would be any guilt about tossing the ick project. Nor, why you would even start a summer sweater! I start one about every 5 years, and when almost done, remind myself why I don’t do these. This summer for me, it was Passiflora out of Hempathy. Thankfully, I didn’t get that far, and was able to frog the yarn (frogged nicely) and was able to donate it. Never mind that I still had 4 skeins of the stuff, still with tags attached, and missed the return in 30-days policy by 1 week. I refuse to allow myself to hate knitting.

    I think I want Signature needles for my birthday.

  25. Love the colorway! It would be perfect to wear on a cloudy/rainy day when one needs a bit of color to cheer up the world!

    Like everyone else, I LOVE my one pair of Signature straights! Wish I could afford more, but they are too expensive for me. Got the pair I have with birthday money a couple of years ago. While the KnitPicks options may be of the Bic pen variety, at least they aren’t super bad. I’ve done pretty well with mine…circular, straight, and DPN. Wish I could afford sets of everything, but that’s not financially feasible. So I am thankful for what I do have. Please don’t begrudge and/or look down upon those of us who use KnitPicks needles…it may be all we can manage.
    .-= Ruthie´s last blog ..I know Its been a long time =-.

  26. Beautiful start to your shawl.
    I’m of the frog it or donate it school. The guilt part comes from the sense of waste. Regretably,nobody offers me their new yarns to “play “with. I wish they did but… Therefore, all my yarns have come out of my pocket as it were. And even if it were offered to me, I would rather frog and do something else with the yarn, give away the half-finished project and additional yarn to someone who could finish it and wear it well (or donate it), or pass the yarn on to someone who will love it more than I – Someone out there has to love that strange yellow green flecked stuff I bought when I was reeling from wool fumes one hot summer day, visions of hot cider and a roaring fireplace, snow coming down gently outside – they were very strong fumes. There are plenty of art teachers with wonderful ideas and limited budgets who welcome all sorts of craft materials, from (very) small plastic containers to scraps of fabric and yarn. I used to keep a cartoon in my craft room just for this. Senior citizens’ centers are always in need. (Someone could have cut down that sweater back, crocheted an edge around it and sent it to a children’s hospital as a doll blanket. I know it sounds fanciful, but that’s just the sort of thing many seniors groups do.)
    O.k. I’ll get off my pulpit now, but please do consider the good you might do with your discards. By the way, should you choose to “discard” your shawl, just let me know. I’ll send you my address!

  27. I just bought the 3 sizes they have in the Signature circulars. Been coveting for a LOOOONG time. They are lovely. The weight is perfect, the join is perfect and they don’t have the stinky smell of the Addi Lace.

    As far as the point vs. Knitpicks, the signature stiletto is longer, but less sharp. All the better to do K3 tog!

  28. Paulette says:

    I exercised my power to frog a project I had been working on since April last week. I just couldn’t get it going, ever, no matter how many times I tried. Rather than finish and be unhappy, I frogged it so i could use the yarn, which is a beautiful, sunny yellow alpaca lace weight when I’m into the details of that pattern. So I picked out some fingering weight from my stash and pulled out the Seaside Shawlette pattern that you so kindly gifted me earlier this year. I’m just moving along on the shawl and I’m a happy girl—with no guilt at all about frogging the other project.

    I have to deal with enough issues on a daily basis, you’re right, I certainly don’t have to beat myself up about my knitting, it’s supposed to make me happy.

  29. OMG, I just wanna kiss Lucy’s face! What a pretty baby, even when she’s being “bada**”. I’m a frogger — don’t mind doing it if I can repurpose the yarn, plus my DD just loves frogging someone else’s work! She’s had a problem with the ballwinder, since she’s left handed, and stubborn to boot–I keep telling her to set it on the left side of the table. I frogged a moebius scarf a while back, without having a clue as to how to untangle all the strands of different yarns I used. That whole mess went into a train case (neatness counts, right?) and up on the shelf for the day when I haven’t any more stash to knit from.

  30. I, too, have Signature “stilletto” straights, which I adore. Now…off to buy some circulars!!!!

  31. Thank you for your response Wendy! Of course, while I’m reading my question on your blog, I see my glaring typo. Ugh. Oh well. I’m off to buy some Signature needles baby! Hugs to Miss Lucy.

  32. KnittingKnails says:

    Needle enabler! I shouldn’t have read all the comments praising. Oh well. They’ll make more. : )

  33. I’m one of the guilty ones. I try not to be guilty about frogging projects, because I usually manage to feel guiltier about the projects I’ve let just lie around until I cannot remember where I left off. That is part of the reason why I’m trying to move to being more of a single project knitter. I feel like I finish more items that way and have less guilt.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..Tuesday- =-.

  34. I’m with you — no guilt over letting go of a bad knit. Sometimes things just don’t work but there’s always more beautiful yarn, more wonderful patterns, more stuff to knit and be happy with! I think this is a very good place for a knitter to be! : )
    The Signature needles are sooo tempting. And they’re beautiful. I’m sure I see them in my future knitting. : )

  35. Angie A. (Sybina) says:

    I completely agree, enjoy what you are knitting or don’t knit it. I try to tell new people this all the time.

  36. I needed to hear that- I hate to NOT finish a project…just because I don’t want to feel defeated by a project…but really it is just a freakin’ hobby- so throwing it aside is really not that BIG of a deal- I feel better now..from now on I will remind myself to ONLY work on things I enjoy and like the looks of ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Lois in Boise says:

    Knitting should be FUN, in the doing of it.
    This discussion get me back to old contrast between PROCESS and PRODUCT. For hobbies, I am much more process oriented. I also make a lot of quilts, and several friends have asked how hard it is to give away a quilt. This is confusing to me – I have had my fun with the project, and I am done with it (and thankful someone else wants it).
    I don’t waste a moment on a project that is no longer fun to do.

    Lois in Boise

  38. I love my Signature Needles. I can’t wait for the new sizes in the circulars since I really don’t like straight needles. I agree with using the best tools for your craft. I have so many needles but these are my favorites! Well worth every penny. Not like they are going to eat anything, or take up a lot of space. You can even will them!

  39. yep Lucy I’m talking to you ๐Ÿ™‚ and I’m going to frog the socks! sacrilege!! ๐Ÿ™‚