Indian Lake Artisans hexagon knitting needles
Twice a year I go to a trade show for the needle arts. It is called TNNA, which stands for The National Needlearts Association. Some people call it “the yarn show,” although it covers all the needle arts—cross stitch, embroidery, and such. Every time I walk into this trade show, I feel just as I did as a child when my mother handed me some money and sent me off with my brother and sister to pick out goodies at the corner store. On the way, we would wonder about what we would get—ice cream or candy, or maybe stickers—changing our minds over and over again. But whatever we chose, all three of us came back home with a smile. At times like that, the world would stop. I was totally immersed in the moment, with not a thought to the future or past. And that is how I feel when I go to the yarn show now! And the fabric show! And the wool show! (I think I’ve covered all my bases here.)
At each trade show, there will be a couple of exciting finds, such as these hexagonal knitting needles I found at the most recent show. Made in Michigan from walnut, cherry, and birch wood, these needles are decorated with beautiful copper tops and each size is assigned a symbol. The hexagonal needles make knitting easier, especially for children and beginners (and me).
I even love their logo design. And they sell those red chairs!
At the booth, I tried out the needles and loved the experience. Now, I have my hands on a bunch of different sizes, and am eager to start my next project with a pair. While it is wonderful to make your own knitting needles (and equally wonderful to teach your children how to make them), if you HAVE to buy needles I recommend these. They even come in double-pointed fives! Here’s a video for more information on the whole line:
Another wonderful U.S. made knitting needle company is Brittany Needles. Their needles have been reviewed in Living Crafts magazine and I’ve been using their needles and beautifully carved crochet hooks since early 2008. Recently my new puppy chewed on one that I had left on the sofa, and I was devastated. Brittany hooks are wonderful!
I’m very curious to know if you have a favorite U.S. made needle company and what it is you love about them. Please leave a comment and a link too!