I want to buy my wife nice, new knitting needles for her birthday. Preferably, a set covering a wide range of sizes.
I realize that needles may be specific to each person’s preferences, but my wife needs new needles and absolutely refuses to purchase new ones for herself. If she does, she buys fairly cheap ones that will end up breaking or splintering or yarn gets caught or <insert any number of complaints>.
A gift card (so she can buy her own) would work, but I just can’t stand buying a gift card for my wife. I know she’d like and appreciate a new set.
She mainly knits doll clothes, dog sweaters, hats/beanies, socks, sweaters, etc. I’ve poked her a bit for preferences, and I know she likes shorter needles (10 inches or smaller). I’m not sure if she has a preference for wood or steel. She has mostly wood (bamboo?), but I’m not sure if that’s because they’re cheaper? (Are they?)
I’ve looked into personalized ones (Signature Needle Arts), but they are too expensive not to get her input on beforehand (plus, she’d probably bonk me on the head if I bought those). I’ve seen several brands (Knit Picks, ChiaoGoo, Hiya Hiya), and I’m quite lost.
For price, I’d like to stay under $100, but I’d be willing to go higher for nice ones.
Any suggestions for a husband? Is this a terrible idea?