So you’ve heard of yarn snobs. Well, have you heard of needles snobs? It’s those folks who look down on factory manufactured needles and insist that artisan/handmade stuff is best. (if you’ve read my previous posts, you know how i feel about that.) In that category, you’ve got Dyakcraft needles for wood, Signature Needles for metal, and Blackthorn needles for carbon fiber DPNs. And yes, they are all really pricey.
Despite my love of trying all things new, I do have a mental budget and just could not for the life of me spend that kind of money, fully knowing that I’ve already got enough needles for a sweatshop of knitters. I mean, $342 for a small set of DPNs? Are you out of your freakin mind?! (yes, that’s how much a Signature Needle DPN set costs)
Well, I wasn’t gonna back down that easy. An interchangeable set from Dyakcraft was a relatively affordable $150. Sure, the wait time was 12 months but they didn’t require payment until the item was ready to ship so I figured, what did I have to lose?
Fast forward 12 months (that would be last December), and I had in my hands my very own “snooty” needles. Hahaha!
The needle case that came with it was cute but totally useless and despite the gushing reviews on Ravelry by Dyakcraft fanatics, I wasn’t floored by these needles. Yes, they were nice and smooth with almost seamless joins and all but what can I say? I had big expectations and these were just ok in my opinion. Sure, they were better than the Knit Picks needles, but they also cost 3-4 times as much and waiting 1 year for needles is just plain ridiculous.
Since I tend to save the nice stuff, just in case I might wear the needles out, I used the Darn Pretties all of twice, to knit sample swatches.
Fast forward another 8 months and bam! Rutland PlyWood, which supplied the rainbow colored Dymondwood to Dyakcraft, had a huge fire and could no longer supply the wood. All of a sudden, more people were scrambling for the Darn Pretty needles, now that it was clear Dyakcraft would no longer take orders. (no wood = no needles)
Normally, I hoard stuff. Yes, I hoard a lot of yarn and then some. I probably would have held onto my Darn Pretties feeling smug that I had what others couldn’t buy. But, no. That wouldn’t be fair. And my ever dwindling bank account balance wouldn’t be too happy about that either. So I let them go at a fair price – what i paid (i probably could have jacked up the price and left with quite a profit but that’s not my game). The whole transaction, from posting the sale with pics to answering interested messages to receiving the money took all of 3 minutes. Yeah, they sold like hotcakes. Whoever you are, enjoy the needles!
Now as for those Signature and Blackthorn DPNs….anyone want to lend me theirs so I can test drive them?