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Hexagonal Knitting Needles

knitting needles                        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).

hexagonal knitting needles

Indian Lake Artisans

   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!

Crochet Hooks

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!

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 25, 2011 06:35 AM | 6 Comments

6 Responses to “Hexagonal Knitting Needles”

  1. This will be the year I try these hex needles… such a neat idea!!

  2. Greeblygreebly says:

    I just recently got some Peace Fleece needles and LOVE them. They are so smooth and very reasonably priced. The company is based in the US but I beleive the needles are actually made in Russia. But Peace Fleece seems to be a very good company as far as being good to their suppliers.

  3. Steph says:

    I recently met Jen Johnson who owns Mama’s Magic Studio in California. She makes very nice knitting needles, in addition to some knitting-themed earrings.

    Here’s the link:

    I try to only buy needles if I don’t have sizes I need, but it’s hard to resist items of beauty, however. Using my son’s home-made needles are my faves for the obvious reasons. His granny likes those too!

  4. Jenn says:

    My sweet hubby gave me a full set of Brittany Birch knitting needles for my birthday several years back, and we both agree that they are the best gift he’s ever given me! They are wonderful tonight with, and you’re right, they are beautiful! And I have a similar puppy story… Sadly that chewed needle was also attached to a project!

  5. Gayle says:

    I don’t have a special “unique” type of crochet needle, but I do love to use Susan Bates crochet hooks. The “hook” part is smoother than what I find on Boye or other brands. Some day when I have lots of money to spend, I’ll invest in some quality birch hooks….maybe…or maybe not….

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