I’m looking for some advice. When I first started knitting I bought long circular needles in the tip sizes that I needed for the particular project I was working on. I found that it might be more expensive in the long run than buying an interchangeable set, but it worked for me to just buy as I needed them. I tend to use magic loop rather than work with dpns (except for socks–I use both there) for two reasons:
1. I am cheap. Magic loop means I have to buy fewer needles.
2. I am lazy. I can use the same needle and don’t even need to get out of my chair to find a new one.
Now that you know these handy things about me, maybe you can help. I bought an interchangeable set of Knitter’s Pride Dreamz a couple years ago (it hurts my souls to type out “dreamz” ugh). For the most part, I like them. I like that they are color coded and I can easily remember what sizes they are. I like the cables and the joins, they are easy and I’ve never had issues with them popping off. I like that they were a really reasonable price. I like knitting with wood just on principle. It seems to have a deeper connection to the history of the craft for me.
There are really only two things I don’t like–the storage case they came in is terrible. Since you know about my laziness now, you are absolutely correct in assuming there is literally no way I am going to take the time to put all the pieces of the needles back into their silly little homes. Nope not happening. The second thing is that they seem to be a magnet for dogs and butts. I have had my set of 5’s chewed to smithereens by two different dogs, I have personally sat on two tips and snapped them, and one of the aforementioned dogs did as well. My needle collection is slowly dwindling because I apparently don’t look where I sit and because dogs like sticks. That’s a problem.
I bought a size one Addi Turbo circular for some socks and it blew my mind. I obviously love knitting, but this needle literally brings me extra joy when I use it. The tips are so slick and and the stitches created are ridiculously even. I would LOVE an interchangeable set of these but I just can’t get past the price. If I saved up, I could buy some, but justifying almost $200 on needles is not something I’m sure I can do. So. My ultimate questions are: Do any of you have a set of addis? Are they worth the price? Are the Knit Picks nickle plated needles even in the same league?
For any other lazy knitters who can’t seem to pick up after themselves either: how do you store your circulars?