The camping buddy of the mother of the former associate principal third violin of the string orchestra my son used to belong to told me that the craft supply giant Knit Picks had sent people to Grafton Fibers to spy on the production process used to make Darn Pretty Needles. (The camping buddy also owned a yarn store in town, which is why I'm taking her gossip seriously.)
Knit Picks copied some or all of the Darn Pretty process (I boycotted Knit Picks after hearing that news) and subsequently sued Knitter's Pride for copying them! That's as funny as Andrew Lloyd Webber suing a less famous composer for sounding like Bach. Maybe funnier.
Knitter's Pride won, by the way, and I had been avoiding the purchase of their needles until recently. But my local yarn store loves them and often that's the only wooden needle they carry. Plus, the store that used to stock Darn Prettys closed. So I tried some circular Knitter's Prides (the green ones at left) and found them different enough from my circular Darn Prettys (the brown ones) to warrant purchasing more.
I love my Darn Pretty double pointed needles, but I have been frustrated with my circulars. The first one I owned had a glob of something where the needle joined the cable, and it snagged on everything I knit with it. The store owner offered to exchange it for another, but the replacement wasn't ordered immediately and then it took so long for to come in that I traded it for a different size. This different size developed a snaggy spot on the needle itself near the join, but by that time the yarn store was closed and Grafton's website had become unnavigable. I'm just dealing with it now, but I'll eventually have to replace that needle, which is a real drag. I did try sanding it, and it helped, but I can't seem to get it just right.
The Knitter's Pride circulars have metal connecting the needle to the cable, which alleviates both problems. The cable is also more flexible than the one on the Pony circular I bought while avoiding Knitter's Pride. But I will knit with chopsticks if that's the only thing available. That's just the way I am.
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