Lantern Moon "Destiny" Circular Needles

My arthritic fingers often finds metal knitting needles to be hard and painful to use. I always loved the warmth of wooden needles but I much prefer how the stitches fly off the Addi Turbos. I have a huge monetary investment in Addi Turbos.

I was looking at the Lantern Moon "Destiny" wooden needles on-line and wondering about them. The joins look very good but I don't know. Anyway, do any of you in MWK-land have any experience with these particular circulars?



grandcarriage's picture

They are very big here.... but lordy, expensive. I have problems with cramping in my hands due to the hard work (stonemasonry) I subject them to. I find that the longer and flexible synthetic needles that I can control with my whole hand and palm (compared to just fingers) like "Bryspun" brand work better for me: My fingers and hands relax because the needle flexes in my hand and I don't have to grip so hard. The Lantern moon are exquisitely beautiful, and I have heard nothing but good things about them. Heirloom needles, if you will.

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kiwiknitter's picture

Bob, I know what you mean about the longer needles. When I work with a 16" needle, it seems to take forever because I can't do continental - the needles are too short to hold properly. I always end up with sore hands and wrists when working with such short needles; the 24" are the shortest I can endure. Are the "Bryspun" circulars? Jesse

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Have you tried using the magic loop technique with a long (at least 47 inch) circular or using two sets of 32 inch circulars, each carrying half of the stitches?

Both of these techniques allow you to use the larger more comfortable needles on tubes as small as 4 stitches and using the continental method of knitting. They're great for hats, necks, and sleeves and much easier than using DPNs.

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Wow, this is the first I've heard of their circular needles, Jesse! I haven't tried them, yet. I do have a set of double pointed needles from Lantern Moon that I love, and I don't generally knit with wooden needles. But these are just beautiful, it's a pleasure to use them. And they are well polished, so the wool slips along them well (not at all like your Addi's, of course).

They also have great customer service. I broke one of my DPN's knitting a sock and one in my set had a hairline crack in the tip. I gave them a call and they replaced both, no questions asked, and sent an extra along, just in case! They are expensive, so it's nice to know they back them up with great service.

I've also heard they are making shorter DPN's now, but haven't seen them, yet. I'll definitely buy a set or two if I can find them.


How can I put this?

Hmmmmmm. With these needles, your teeth will be whiter; your aura will be a blaze of golden fire; your sex life will be indescribable; your bank account will be history.

I have, I think, 4 sets of circs and, I think, 3 sets of DPNs. I have both the rosewood (too delicious) and the ebony (I'm sure I hear angelic choirs when using them). Here in Tampadorf, my local yarn pusher is asking US21.00 (30.41 NZD)for the circs, and US17.00 (24.61 NZD) for DPNs.

I just checked on eBay and they're going for around US23.00. Pirates!

I have horrible problems with my fingers and these woods are simply magical.

Life is too short for bad wine, cheap cigars and Boye needles.

~Mike in Perfectly gorgeous Tampa (who biked 15 miles yesterday and plans on 20 today. Oooo Rah!)

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Parrot's picture

I had heard of the square needles being much better for arthritic hands. So, I added a line of square needles to my handcrafted needles and introduced them in a recent art show. They were a big hit, taking several orders after people tried them out at the show. The knitters with arthritis especially liked them and a couple have even ordered a second pair in another size. The needles can be more easily controlled, and the smooth finish I do allow the fiber glide easily. Just another option to consider.


kiwiknitter's picture

Doug, Do you have a photo of the square needles? I'm interested to know more about them. Jesse

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

kiwiknitter's picture

Thanks for the comments. I think I'll look into ordering one to try it out. Jesse

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

I have used Addi before but treated myself to a pair of rosewood circular DESTINY and they are super. I am working on my first baby sweater and using RYC dk. These two things together are like heaven. I can knit for extended periods with not pain or cramping.