Several months ago I was cruising around my neighborhood thrift store when I came across a giant pair of ornate knitting needles made of dark wood. I'd never seen anything like them, and my first response was ... "Ick."
Too big, too fancy, too strange looking. Fortunately I didn't follow through on my instinct to leave them on the shelf. I bought them for a couple dollars, went home, did some Google research and discovered they are rare, vintage Brittany needles made out of black walnut wood. The needles were discontinued years ago when black walnut wood could no longer be responsibly sourced in the United States.
Since then I've been obsessed with finding more pairs of these needles. The wood is smooth, lightweight and a dream to knit with. And I confess the fact that they are hard to find makes them oh so appealing.
Recently I came across a couple pairs. One pair I bought online and they arrived broken. The other pair are a perfect size US 10 and available in my Etsy store here.