Brittany used to make beautiful needles when they still used walnut, now they use birch. When they switched from walnut to birch they stopped making their lovely needles. I prefer circular needles for all of my projects (you never lose your needle when you finish a row, you can make big projects, you can use magic loop to make a sock) they are so versitile and i love them, but if I had a set of needles as beautiful as those old brittany walnut needles I would have wanted to use them all the time (or maybe i would have just put them up in my china cabinet to keep forever)
Now they have changed their needle design to this minimalist "art deco" design that is nowhere near as pretty as their old victorian design that they still use for their crochet hooks. Why cant they make those pretty needles again?