Somewhere along the line expensive knitting needles became must-haves, and I have my share of those.
At my house you will also find a goodly amount of Susan Bates and Boye colored aluminum needles. Rather than stash them away in a needle holder, I like to display them. Because they are colorful. Because they are useful. Because they remind me of my earlier knitting. Because I didn't have to mortgage the farm to own them. Just because.
You won't knit merrily along for 20 rows before discovering that you are using two different sized needles with these beauties because you will most likely notice the difference in color--at least after a couple of rows.
Call me old-fashioned. I consider it a compliment.