Edit to Add:
The Blackthorn folks saw my post on Ravelry and contacted me about the splintered needle and they are sending me a replacement. This morning I wrote to The Loopy Ewe, where I had purchased it and didn’t hear anything back from them . . which kind of surprised me. But, Blackthorn is sending me a new needle and that’s what matters in the end and they did it before I even notified them that I had a problem.
This morning when I was starting to knit the test cable socks, I decided to use my brand new Blackthorn needles so I could let you all know what I think about them.
They say “The feel of wood, the strength of steel.” They feel good in my hands. They are expensive but if they’re as strong as steel, they should last a very long time.
Not so! I had barely cast on when one of them splintered.
I switched over to a pair of bamboo since I wanted to knit these socks with 2.5 mm needles and I don’t have 2.5 mm in the Quicksilver needles, which are my favorites. The house is going to be shown in the morning so my knitting got interrupted with some house cleaning but I hope to make a bit of progress tonight.