I am going to do it... I am going to ask one of those "can-of-worms" questions..... What are the best needles to knit with? I have my own opinion, and I am sure everyone else on here does.... but is there such a thing as "The ONE best set of needles?"
I started knitting with a set of borrowed 5mm Bamboo Needles . I still have them tucked away somewhere... I call them my "ready for anything" needles and at 5mm they are satisfyingly fat and make any ball of wool quake in fear as it is whipped into the shape I desire. I used these puppies for my first project and they worked a treat and I think they were a good set to start learning with.
I am sure that many of you have used bamboo at some time so you will already know that it is light weight and has a nive "hand feel" while you work with them.
However for any fibre artist that is one the go, and in the modern world who isn't "On-the-Go"?, this static needle set proves impossible to tote around. Well ok, perhaps not impossible but, (as I found out after poking a stranger on the bus with a wayward needle) certainly tricky to tote around. There are only really two options, a big tote bage for the project you are working on, or don't take it with you at all.... neither of these really appealed to me. One I am not about to carry an even bigger bag around with me.... remember I am "On-the-Go"! And if I don't take my projects with me how am I ever going to get them finished?
So there has to be a better option ..... I want to knit "On-the-Go", and not have to take a HUGE bag with me as a payment for the priviledge.... hmmmm.
The someone said get an Interchange set. Now being a new knitter I had to first find out what the heck and interchangeable set was. On to the inter-web to find the answer!
It turns out those clever knitters before me created a set of needle tips that connect to a flexible cable, like this . How clever!.... I could knit like it was two free needles but when I was done.... or I had to get back "On-the-Go", I could fold these into the project and roll it up into and neat easy to carry bundle.
Wait! Apparently, according to a knitting buddy, I could also knit "on the round"... ah what?! Back to the inter-web for the answer!
So by attaching a needle to both ends of the same cable I can knit round in circles, or flat .... and if I am going round I get no joins and less finishing? I like the sound of that. So now I am dedicated to my interchangable set... I think it is the best set for the widest range of knitting .... I use it for everything I knit now.... what about you?
So my question for you is.... What knitting hardware did you learn to knit with, and What do you use for your knitting now?