Wow, time flies when you're having fun!!! I am making progress on several of my knitting projects, so hopefully soon, I can post some pictures. The lace shawl is close to being finished as well as a bolero that I haven't posted pictures of. I did however, get time to try out my new Signature Arts Needles. First of all, I confess that I rarely use straight needles. I feel more comfortable using circular needles but these were so beautiful, I couldn't pass them up and I bought two pair shown in a previous post. I was fully prepared for these to be very slippery, but I went ahead and cast on with some Touch Me yarn. This would REALLY be the test. Much to my surprise, they weren't slippery at all. They are smooth but not really slick. The points are WONDERFUL. Long and precise. I could feel the weight of the decorative tops a little bit, but not enough to discourage me from buying or using them. I was very pleased with the knitting experience while using these and I will finish the mistake rib scarf with these needles. They are a beautiful product and the options are wonderful too.