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.
- 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?
THEY DO COME UNDONE!!!!!!
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.
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.