Signature Needles, Made in America || Their Story in Their Voice

Signature needles is a family business that takes pride that their needles are made here in America. Built out of necessity Cathy and her family and grown their company to serve all knitters. Lucky for us Cathy was searching for something better, because we truly get to benefit from it. Join me in this podcast episode to hear the story of how Signature needs came to be.

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About Cathy and Signature Needles:

Cathy has been President of Bothe Associates Inc, her family machine shop business, for over 20 years. Previously she was a stay at home mom and Administrator at her church nursery school and the business manager for her community theater group.

In 2006 while recovering from an illness she was doing a lot of knitting. To quote her daughter “doing her 2 favorite things: knitting and complaining.” What Cathy was complaining about was her metal knitting needle’s points.

Cathy’s husband reminded me that her that she could have that fixed and that was the birth of Signature. It was a time when there were absolutely no options for knitters. Signature’s success has been based on giving many options: in points, needle length and even caps on single points. In addition, all of their needles are made to strict tolerances and all made here in America at their Wisconsin factory.

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  1. Lynnette M Cantrell says:

    I really enjoyed her podcast. I felt as tho we were able to make a connection with Cathy. She’s very personable!

    I am looking at the website and I have a few needles in the cart!!!!

    I have chosen the STILETTO points!!!!!

  2. Denise Sattler says:

    Loved the show, thanks for exposing us to these beautiful needles and giving us a chance to win!! Stiletto all the way!

  3. Carmen J. Mendez says:

    I have been watching your live podcast for a while now. Even watch them at work while on my computer Haha! I love the STILETTO points. I am a beginner knitter and want to use these. Love that you can personalized them. Thanks Marly for all the wonderful projects and podcasts.

  4. Deatra says:

    I have a pair of Stiletto heels, but sadly I don’t have anything in stiletto needles.
    Thanks yahl have a great day

  5. Christine Hall says:

    Love today’s podcast with Cathy from Signature Needles! What a hoot she is! I would love to win STILETTO NEEDLES!!!!

  6. Betsy says:

    Loved the podcast. I’m making a wish list now. And would love to get a set of the STILETTO point circulars. 🙂

  7. Jerri Leslie says:

    Great podcast today. Would love to win a gift certificate for the STILETTO needles, I was so close on the pocast, I was right below the winner.


  8. Amanda Hart says:

    I really enjoyed listening to you and Cathy she is such a sweet lady. I didn’t realize how great Signature Needle Arts was until today; I can’t wait to get my hands on the stiletto!

  9. Siobhán says:

    I love my Signature DPNs! The best tips for me are the Stilettos. I can’t wear them to walk but they’re amazing to knit with!

  10. Elise Tittle says:

    I like the way Stiletto heels look but don’t think I’d wear them, but I think the Stiletto tip Signature Arts needles look great and I would definitely use them.

  11. Siobhán says:

    I love Signature knitting needles and thank you for your podcast. I hope to win a cable needle with stiletto points.

  12. Rita says:

    I’m in love with both of my SNA needles! I am in love with Stilletto !!! The heels not so much but my mascara is STILLETTO and my favorite needles have STILLETTO TIPS!!

  13. Heather Hadden says:

    Those stiletto points are amazing! I also want to try the 9″ circulars. Loved hearing the story of the development of Signature needles. Thank you.

  14. Nancy says:

    I loved the podcast! I love the Signature Needles that I have received as gifts!! I always ask for
    Stiletto points!!

  15. Diane Samp says:

    My feet would screem at me if I tried to wear stiletto heels but I would love to win the stiletto needles. The podcast was fun to listen to and very informative. I really enjoyed it. Thanks!

  16. Jessica kelly says:

    I loved this show and learning more about cathy and signature needle arts. I will definitely put them on my wish list. The stiletto ones look awesome as does the new 9 in circulars.

  17. Nancy Wojcik says:

    Great hearing Cathy’s story. Bought my first pair of Signature Stilettos at their first Stitches Midwest event. 10” straights to give them a test run. Now I have DPs and some circulars. All STILETTO of course! Super fast needles!

  18. Frances says:

    Signature needles are my favorite knitting needles and the STILETTOS are my favorite points. I loved the podcast. It was wonderful to see Kathy and hear her fabulous stories.

  19. Marit Fox says:

    STILETTO. I really enjoy knitting with Signature Arts circulars. Bought my first circular at a Stitches West show for a specific project I also bought at the show. Loved this show! Cathy is so warm and friendly. She is right in saying that great tools make knitting a great experience.

  20. Linda says:

    Say what? STILETTOS??? Yes, please! Love the needles! Love the company! Love the podcast! Can’t have too many STILETTOS – and I don’t mean shoes!

  21. joyce hancock says:

    Wonderful podcast! Nice to hear the story about signature needles. I have always wanted a pair of stiletto needles. They are so gorgeous.

  22. Denise says:

    This was a great show. I loved learning about the company that I just bought needles from a few months ago. I am currently knitting socks with them. I would love to get another pair of stilettos that I have in my cart.

  23. Michelle Morgan says:

    Amazing show! I want to win!!! Signature needles are the most perfect needles! Stiletto needles are the best!!!

  24. Karisa Jantz says:

    I loved hearing the backstory of Signature needles. Thank you Marly Bird. If i wore stilletto heels i would definitely fall on my face but i would really like to try some stilletto pointed knitting needles!

  25. Thadis Bostock says:

    I want to win Stiletto needles. I know it would be such a unique knitting experience. I recently started back knitting and I have some lovely yarn that would make up a wonderful shawl using Stiletto needles.

  26. Karen Powell says:

    I used to wear stiletto heels, but when i was younger…. I want to win stiletto needles . thx great interview

  27. Belinda Hamilton says:

    I am waiting for my Mum’s estate to clear. I have a set of Stilettos on my radar. They will be a great way to honor her memory. The voucher would go towards monogramming the 10″ single point needles with “Love Mum”. Every creation I would make with them will have a little love from both of us in it.

  28. Renee Clutter says:

    Oh my gosh!! I really enjoyed the podcast! I enjoyed hearing Cathy talk about her story and her passion for having the right tools for your knitting projects. I do have a question. Is it true that the stiletto needles put holes in your fingers? Are they that sharp? Signature needles have always been on my wishlist. That would be way cool for them to make crochet hooks!

  29. MarJean Boyd says:

    Would love to have some stiletto circular needles for my charity knitting projects. Fun broadcast. Cathy would be such a fun neighbor!

  30. Mary Alice Helgesen says:

    I have never been a fan of stiletto shoes and am particularly not since I had a back injury. Why torture yourself? However, I LOVE your stiletto needles! I enjoyed hearing your story.

  31. Donna Frunzi says:

    Would love some stilettos to go with my stiletto Chic Sheep yarn!!! I bet both would improve my knitting skills!

  32. Trina Kurek says:

    What a great podcast. I just sat in my kitchen and listened. I got so wrapped up in it I didn’t even go up and use my Stilleto Signatures to knit.

  33. Amy Reeves says:

    I would love the chance to try out the stiletto needles or any of the other signature needles. After this interview I definitely need to visit their website and create a wish list for birthdays and Christmas!

  34. Mary Deuster says:

    I really enjoyed watching this podcast had me smiling ear to ear! The stiletto is very beautiful on the needles and I am in awe of them.

    Marly, I loved your story about your mom and I just might drive to Kenosha I only live an hour away from them in Wisconsin!!

  35. Mary Deuster says:

    I’m trying this again I don’t see my comments in the show notes. 🙁

    I enjoyed the podcast and the stories.

    The STILETTO on the needles are really neat and I am in awe of them.

    I loved your story about your mom Marly. So cute! I love an hour away from Kenosha, I would love to meet Kathy!

  36. judy Gordon says:

    How fun!! I love stilletos!! HaHa- the knitting needles of course would be so awesome to give Signature needles a try.

  37. Tammy Todd says:

    I would love to be able to win a pair of these needles. I think I would love the stiletto points. The needles I have at the moment, are long super sharp points. I really think I would love the stiletto points in the signature needles.

  38. Stacy Koster says:

    Another great episode! Cathy was ver personable, and I always like supporting family businesses. The stiletto points look awesome, definitely adding them to my wish list.

  39. Kris says:

    I can’t wear stiletto heels, but I’d love to try stiletto needles! What a lovely show! Thanks for sharing all those great stories.

  40. Sarah Dawn says:

    So I’ve not yet tried Signature needles but I’d love to try stilettos! Thanks for introducing me to what look like amazing needles — I’m definitely putting together a Christmas Wish list! 😀

  41. Emma says:

    Stiletto! I splurged on a pair of lovely needles from signature. Somehow one went missing. Just offered the replacement but would love more.

  42. Tammy Slattery says:

    I would love to win some stilettos!!! I need to save to buy a pair and try them out.They look like a dream to have in your hands:)

  43. Jenny Vincin says:

    I really enjoyed this interview. Would love to hear more of Cathy’s stories. Stilettos are my favorite. I recently handed my dpns to a fellow knitter to “try.” She knit awhile and then I said “What do you think?” She said, “I was sold by stitch number 4.” my work here is done, onto another uninitiated knitter.

  44. Theresa Faria says:

    Loved the Podcast, usually a crocheter. Needed help with a christmas gift, well many 8 total. Neighbor knits, so I am back to knit. What a lovely item, great gift idea also. Christmas is coming, owe my teacher a gift. Stilletos haha, she is older.

  45. Amberly says:

    I would love to try their stiletto needles! I think they may just be the tool I need for my lace knitting.

  46. Luann Wright says:

    The only kind of stiletto’s I need in my life are the ones made by Signature Needles and Sheep Chic Yarn by Marly Bird.

  47. Lori Biamonte says:

    I love the stiletto point needles and bought several straight ones years ago. You may enjoy this story. My husband gave me a bracelet for Christmas that I did not like which is unusual for me. I took it back to the jewelry store and used the money to buy more Signature needles! Back then I used a lot of straight needles, but now have been using more circulars, so I really need some Signature circs with STILETTO points!

  48. April J says:

    I’ve tried almost every knitting needle out there except Signature Needles–they’ve been on my wishlist, though. I’d love a chance to test drive the STILETTO tips on these bad boys!

  49. April J says:

    I’m not seeing my first post??? I said that I hadn’t yet tried Signature Needles, but they were on my wishlist. And, I would love to test drive the STILETTO tips on these bad boys! 🙂 Thank you!!

  50. Melanie Stallings says:

    I would love to try the STILETTO circulars and I can’t wait for the release of the 9 in circulars!

  51. Christie Hardy says:

    I loved hearing Cathy’s Signature Needles Story and would love to try out some Stiletto Needles! Thankyou so much for your wonderful video podcast

  52. Irma Hendricks says:

    Love this podcast, so funny and informative! She is a hoot! I cannot wear stilettos so it would be nice to knit with a stiletto! I can see saving my money to buy me some signature needles. I never knew Signature Needles existed; now I must have some. Thank you Marly Bird!

  53. Tiffany Scharff says:

    I love the Signature Stiletto needles. I recieved one circular and one staight set for Mother’s day. I would love more. Marly love your YouTube videos. I subcrisubs to your channel.

  54. Lilly says:

    After a hard day at work there’s nothing like coming home and getting your stilettos to get your sexy knitting on!!!

  55. Lynda Perky says:

    I love the process of knitting and believe stilettos would make it even better. I might even wear stilettos while knitting with them.

  56. Joyce Gravino says:

    I really enjoyed the story about the signature needles. I need to buy me some Stilettos or even better win them.

  57. Kathy Jenks says:

    Still new to knitting. I do understand that better standards on sizing crochet hooks need to be done. This company sounds very impressive. The only place I heard stellitos was with shoes. Would Love to try a stiletto to knit with. Great show. Thanks you all.

  58. Leanne C says:

    The stiletto tipped needles look amazing. I immediately went to the website to check them out. I’m definitely planning to make a purchase from signature needle arts in the future.

  59. Bonnie C. says:

    I loved listening to Cathy’s stories on this episode! It definitely put a smile on my face. I love that these are made here is the US and can’t wait to try the stilettos!

  60. Anne Crawford says:

    This was a fun, entertaining podcast ! Would love to try Signature Arts needles, especially the Stiletto.

  61. Colleen Caro says:

    I was searching for a review of needles, so thanks for this great informative podcast. I never knew about Signature needles and the stilletto points. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks again for all you do

  62. Lisa Brison says:

    I would literally break my neck in a pair of stillettos but I would have a warm neck if I had a pair of stiletto needles to knit a cowl!

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