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Signature Needle Art Convertible Needles

Ok, if you remember this post, I reviewed my US4 Signature Needles. Yes, I enjoy using them & was really hoping to add to my collection when the US 7 were re-released. Then Signature Needles went & wrecked my knitting needles. Yes, it needs several of these crying emotes, that is how upset I was.

Anyway, I will get into why they wrecked my knitting needles in a minute. Let me say what I enjoy about the Signature Needles. Ready?


Yep, that is the main thing. It means that the length of the needle before the cable join is 6 inches. For those of us, like me, that have larger then “normal” hands it is & was wonderful. Otherwise my other ones are just as good as the Signature Needles. *I will wait for the lovers of Signature Needles to get their hearts back under control*




Better? Good, I will continue. Signature announced that they created a Convertible Needle. Yep, I said convertible.

Convert your size-specific circular needle stalk/cable combinations to easily meet the needs of your project with Signature Convertible Circular Knitting Needles. Signature Convertibles offer cables and stalks that can be changed within a size to create a new overall length when the size on the needles matches the size on the ferrules.

Did you notice that? You have to buy cables & needles for each size? Yes, I know this isn’t a Interchangeable *I was hoping for that if no fixed* so you don’t need to tell me that. I think this is honestly just another way for them to get money. Yes, I know that technically it works out to be cheaper, but there is now so many cables for each needle.

I didn’t like the looks of them at first *I still don’t*, but after I kept talking about them & everything *it is those bloody 6in tips* Dad told me to shut up & get a US7 to try. I wanted them to be as good or better then my fixed circulars. I really went into the trials hoping for the best only to be so disappointed.

That is how the packaging on these look like. They were just like this in the mailing box. No plastic zipper bag or anything. *not happy* Remember I paid almost $50 for these needles. Not very good shipping or packaging. I will admit that they were fine, no nicks or anything, but just not pleased with how they sent them.

Ok, so let’s dive in. I basically ordered the same exact needle as I did last time only shorter & a US7 instead of a US4. The only reason I got a US4 was because there was no US7 available. They were still stating that they were working on a new version of the US7 & that was why it wasn’t available to purchase. *sigh* So I got the US4 & enjoyed working with the fixed circular needle. Then they announced the Convertible needle & I decided to try it.

This is what I ordered:

  • 6 inch tips
  • 32 inch cable
  • Stiletto points

What I got was what I ordered, but not what I wanted. :duh: Don’t get me wrong, Signature sent me exactly what I ordered, but I was expecting the same ease of use as I got with the fixed circular or something close to it. Sadly, I didn’t even get close to that. They are a big disappointment.

So here is the down low for me. They are not as good as my fixed one.

The cables are as good as the fixed circulars. Plus, they swivel within the ferrule. So I was really hoping that I would be able to magic loop with them. This is the main problem with all interchangeable needles I have. They all come undone while knitting. According to several reviews these didn’t do it. Guess what?




As you can see the top needle is starting to unscrew from the needle stalk. They are not supposed to do that. This makes them useless for me. So that was one strike against.

Then I also noticed that the yarn was not “flowing” nicely from the cable to the tip. I looked & there is a bloody step instead of a slope between the ferrule & the cable. That doesn’t work for me at all. So now I have a $47.01 needle that will not work or be comfortable for me. This was the last & final strike against them.

In Closing

If you are thinking about buying these then I highly recommend that you DON’T. Yep, I said it. Thanks so much Signature Needle Arts for wasting my money. In all actuality since you are no longer going to manufacture the fixed circulars my US4 were a waste of money also. That means I have wasted a total of $94.02 on these needles. Very unhappy about this. Now if Signature Needles would continue to make the fixed circular then I wouldn’t have wasted my money. I would even buy more of them, but so far they are not making anymore of the fixed circulars & what they have is it. Now I wonder how they are going to honor the warranty on my fixed circular US4 if they don’t make them anymore? I will not accept the convertibles as a replacement when my US4 breaks.

I am going to see if I can return these convertibles & get my money back. Yes, I dislike them that much.

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 2 10.1 (Wi-Fi) 16GB

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (Wi-Fi) 16GB This is the tablet I picked up Sunday (the day it came out). I took it home & charged it up fully, like I always do for any new electronic I get. Surprisingly, Nook downloaded to it without a glitch. In fact everything (apps, pics, etc.) went on the tablet without a hitch. *pro #1* Except for my books. *I buy most ebooks from Barnes & Noble, but I do buy eBooks from other sellers also.* So I knew that my Nook books would not be a problem. I was afraid that the other books would give me a problem. I was right, spent most of the first day converting my pdf books to e-pubs *con #1* & then side-loading them into the Nook interface on the talet. Calibre ( my e-book manager *highly recommend & free* still won’t talk to the tablet. *con #2* So the only way I get my books to the tablet is to copy & paste the e-pubs to the Nook folders on the tablet. *con #3* I spent last night with it seeing if I enjoyed reading on the 10.1″ *pro #2* *con #4* screen the tablet has. Hmm…didn’t work out. Both my Nook & the tablet have the same books on it. I ended up reading the book on my Nook without thinking about it. I am afraid that the 10.1″ is too big to comfortably read with it. But I am going to continue to try with it.

Today I plug in the tablet to the computer planning on working on my pdfs *patterns & tutorials I carry with me* on to the MicroSD card. So I just finished moving my pdfs & magazines to the MicroSD & the tablet is reading them just fine. *pro #3* One big issue for me. With my Nook, I can pin my books, pdfs, etc to one of the three home screens. The tablet has no way of doing that. *con #5* Also with my Nook I have the ability to sort my books (in the library) by author while on the tablet I have to sort it by recent first & that just messes me up while trying to remember where I was in my library for the next book to read. I am trying to catch up on my e-book library & have been trying to read the books from author to author.

With my Nook I have beautiful access to a special store *recommends for me based on my library* that lists out different authors & books that I may be interested in. Plus I can find the Nook Daily Finds *cheap books*. On the tablet I don’t get that special store or the automatic daily finds. *con #6* To the best of my opinion I can not read the book *in store* like I can with my Nook. *con #7* Will try it out just to make sure Friday when I go back to B&N.

I have to admit I really do like this tablet. One major plus is that I can download any app from the Android market *minecraft* *pro #4*, though I have found that I can get Hidden Objects games from the Nook tablet & those help me get my mind off things that I need it off of. So, I don’t think that is a *huge* pro anymore.

I have also just realized that my father’s Nook books will not read on my tablet. *con #8* This is not good. We share reading tastes & I normally will copy his books onto my reading device instead of having to re-buy the books I want.

If you haven’t guessed yet this is my way of trying to determine the pros & cons of this tablet. So in list view:

Tablet Pros

  1. All apps that I have chosen have downloaded & ran without a problem.
  2. Has a 10.1″ screen size compared to the 7″ my Nook has.
  3. Tablet is reading my pdfs & magazines without a problem.
  4. More apps straight from the Android Market *Minecraft*.

Tablet Cons

  1. Having to convert my books to e-pubs.
  2. Calibre will not “talk” to the tablet.
  3. Have to side-load all books to the tablet.
  4. The 10.1″ screen is too big & a little awkward to read from & use in the car.
  5. Can not pin my working files *patterns* or my books I am currently reading to my home screen.
  6. No special book store from Nook.
  7. Am unable to read the book in store like on my Nook.
  8. Unable to use Dad’s books.

Nook Tablet Pros

  1. Perfect screen size for reading & using in the car.
  2. Ease of access to the Nook Store.
  3. Nook will read e-books as pdfs or epubs.
  4. Nook will read my father’s account or my account books.
  5. Calibre will “talk” to my Nook so I know exactly what is on my Nook & what isn’t.
  6. Have the “special store” from the Nook.
  7. Have the charger for the car if I need to re-charge.
  8. Very comfortable to use in bed *I read a lot at night*.

Nook Tablet Cons

  1. No 10.1″ screen size.
  2. No Android Market.

I would like to know your opinions & ideas. If you have any fixes to the cons that I have listed then please let me know. I am not planning on making a permanent decision until Friday May 25, 2012 *Best Buy has a 30-day return policy*.

More Pictures!

Doe Eyes Shawl

*Isn’t it pretty? I am loving it so far. Just hoping that I have enough yarn *I have 650 yards of it* but I am afraid that I don’t.*

What can I say, I am enjoying new yarn & tools. I needed some yarn to swatch & a shorter US3 needle. Heck, I even got a US#2 to try on the socks. Now my only problem is getting around to doing them. I got so bored while waiting for my other socks & baby blanket to get done, that I started a new project. *shakes head with shame* I figured that since I had the yarn for my mittens, I would just make them into convertible mittens that way I can still knit while I wear them. I only have one mitten done, but I just know that you want to see them, lol.

YARN TIME!!!!!!!!

I have gotten another shipment of yarn for projects. I really need to have KnitPicks not allow me to order anything, lol. I thought that I would show you the yarn & the project it is for.

This is going to be Wingspan. Free pattern & I can’t wait to start it.

This is going to be Garter and Rib Cardigan #183 . Seven dollars, but it is in my size so I am going to make this in black. No, this is not enough yarn, but I am buying a little at a time. I never worry about dye lots, cause if there is any color changes, I think it just adds character to the design.

I did get one more section of yarn, but I can’t show it to you cause it is for a present & I know that she looks at my blog so I am not running the risk of her seeing it.

Tool Time!!!

Question: Does anyone know what this is?

If you don’t then twitter me & I will tell you. If you are a knitter then you probably know what this is.

I got a new small knitting bag from Ruddawg. It is wonderful. It is holding my mittens at the moment, but it is the perfect size for a pair of socks & the yarn. I have another one *in a medium size* on its way to me right now, so pics will have to wait till I get it.

Whoa! I just previewed this post & I think the rest of what I was going to talk about will need to wait until next time. See you all later.

What is this?

SQUEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! I know what it is. My Yarn is finally here. Yay!!!! So without further ado, here is what I got:

Hev’s Douceur

For my shawl I am going to use the pattern: Douceur {pattern} {Designer}

The black, dark grey, & light grey are the main colors & the pink is my accent color. I can’t wait to start this.

Doe Eyes

This is going to be a “normal” sized shawl that I probably will wind up either giving it away, making a contest, or selling it. But nothing has been decided yet.

{pattern} {Designer}

I may still change the pattern around. I have chosen ten different patterns before coming back to this one.

Hev’s Socks

My turn for sock colors. I am not stuffy (tease) like dad is so I have multi-colored ones. I haven’t choose a pattern for these yet, but if the heel works on Dad’s sock that I am working on, then I will just use the same heel pattern & the pattern for the top & cuff of the sock.

Dye Job

I found out that you can dye yarn with Kool-Aid. So I got some bare superwash wool to try it on. Now I just have to determine what color & do I want to try variegated yarn.

I have other things, but this is probably enough about knitting for this post. LOL