Just Call Me Sherlock

Before I was really into knitting, I inheirited all my grandmothers knitting needles. Most of them were plastic, which I have discovered that I hate, but there was one needle in the bunch that I now reach for time and time again. A size 6, 16″ circular mystery needle.

I don’t know my needles, really, not brands and stuff. When I really got into knitting, I invested in a Knit Picks Harmony Options Set, naively telling my husband that would be all I ever needed. (Okay, stop laughing…. I didn’t know what a cast-on-aholic I would become!) Since then, I have picked up most of the DPNs, most of theย 16″ fixed circulars and the 10″ straight set. All Harmony wood. I love them. They are all I use. Except for my little mystery needle.

It is metal, but coated with something to make it less clackity clack. It has a clear, plastic cable that is joined perfectly. The tips are bent just right to fit in my hands. I love this needle. I need more just like it.

So, I began my little detective work, and, what do you know? I found it. It is a Susan Bates Quicksilver. It is available many places, for very reasonable prices – cheaper than Knit Picks, even! I am so excited that I found it with minimal effort and that it is not some elite, expensive, hard to find kind of thing. (That shows you how much I like it – I had imagined it to be a designer needle. And it is just Susan Bates. HA! ) My next needle collection will be more of these:

I am just so happy, now. It’s weird, isn’t it, that this pleases me so much.

What kind of needles are you using?

5 thoughts on “Just Call Me Sherlock

  1. My favorites are Addi, KnitPicks METAL needles NONinterchangeable needles (can’t stand wood or plastic) and……

    Susan Bates QuickSilver! I do love these and use them regularly (though I *need* more!) I like the QuickSilver dpn’s, too (though do I recall you’re not a dpn fan in the first place?) And the coating does make it nice and smooth. I agree that the joins are great ~ nearly as good as my Addi needles.

    Susan Bates has a new line…. Velocity. I think it is intended to compete with Addi and KnitPicks nickel needles. I intend to try them. I usually get my Susan Bates from here:


    I always knew I wasn’t a cool knitter (and am quite proud of that) …. who knew you’d turn up “uncool” and liking Susan Bates?! LOL!

  2. My favorite are the KnitPicks nickle-plated! I’m thinking of getting the Options set for that. Like you, I’m telling myself if I splurge on that it would be the last set of needles I would ever need ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have a set of the Quicksilver straights, but they were a little too blunt for my liking. I much prefer the Susan Bates metals

  3. I’ve been using my Knit Picks options needle set with the nickle tips. I like them a lot. When I first started knitting I used the Clover bamboo circulars all the time. I have a couple Addis that I picked up along the way that I like a lot, but not enough to justify the price again. For my sock needles I have three pairs of those fancy square ones that I like a lot and I also have a set of Knit picks dpns.

    I have a lot of needles. I hope I’m done buying them by now!

  4. I like Knit Picks fixed circs for the price. I am an all metal girl. I used Clover Bamboo circs when I learned to knit (loaned from a friend). Now that I know a little more what I’m doing I like the speed of metal.

    I bought an addi 12 inch circ b/c knit picks doesn’t make 12 inch (argh!) And I do *love* that needle. But for the price – well. I did some searching and found the hiya-hiya to be just as good and 1/2 the price. So now, tht’s what I buy if knit picks doesn’t carry the size I want.

    I have lots of Susan Bates DPN’s. I like the Knit picks too, but I can get the Susan Bates ones at JoAnn’s and they’re just as good. But – they only carry circs in 32 inches or up (and start at size 6 and go up) so I haven’t bought any of those (and I’ve never, ever heard of or seen the “quick silver” – those look awesome!). I like small circumferences and I am a “loose” knitter so I don’t own anything bigger than a size 5 (although I may at some point get some 6’s just in case I ever need to guage up).

    I loathe straights. And really, I can use my circs as a straight anytime. ๐Ÿ™‚

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