Most spinners knit, with some preferring crochet. I can't crochet, because of carpel tunnel syndrome, so I just knit. I have tried several brands and types of needles for this issue, and each one has a purpose and I liked them all. We reviewed only metal needles, but in the future we will explore some other materials that are available.
I have heard all sorts of people raving about the Knit Picks Options set. I just had to try it, and I give it full honors for usefulness, convenience and also price. In the set you get one pair of each size from 4 to 11, two 24, and 32 inch cables, end caps, cable keeys and a case. The tips are nicely tapered and the needles glide along with no snagging whatsoever. The join is flawless, and the cables are perfect for magic looping as they are wonderfully flexible.
They worked great for everything from heavy novelty yarns to fine lace weights. The set was nice for any kind of knitting you might like to do. They are great for anything from sweaters to socks, and I couldn't find anything to fault this set with in quality. I was dissappointed that there are no 16 inch cables. This is because the needle tips are long enough that the 16 inch cable would be too short. Ah well, that's my only real complaint.
To be able to use the same needles on several projects allows me a lot of freedom, because I like to have several things going at once, and I tend to use several sizes a lot. These are wonderful, because you don't need so many pairs. The join as I said earlier is flawless, and they tighten up well so that they do not come unscrewed during knitting.
I think these are a great value, and a very high quality product to boot. I did find them to be slightly too slippery for some fibers, however I just discovered they released a new line of COLORED wooden needle tips. WOW they are gorgeous, lucky for me I can get a set and I can try those out too. I will let you know how they are as soon as I get them.
I couldn't review knitting needles and not talk a little about Addi Turbos. They are nice for many projects, and I prefer them over the Knit Picks Options for projects with bulky and novelty yarn. They are particularly great for thick and thin yarns, because the blunt tip doesn't get hung up in loosely spun fibers. I don't care for them for any finer yarns such as fingering or lighter however, because I just can't grab the yarns. Others may not have this trouble, but I like a sharper tip for finer yarns. They cost about $15 - $20 each, and come in all sizes. The cables are nice, and they do seem to help you hum right along. They are comfortable and warm feeling in your hands, and over all a high quality needle for a reasonable price. I couldn't find mine for a picture, but they are nickel plated and silver. Addi also makes needles in bamboo.
I also had the opportunity to try the Addi Lace needles. I also loved these needles, for many of the same reasons. I found that they had a slick surface, but also not too slick, even for silk blends. The cable is enjoyably flexible, and would also be great for magic loop. The tips are slightly more tapered, which makes them ideal for picking up that tiny lace yarn that can be such a terror on the wrong needles. And joy of joys, the size is printed on the cable, in tiny letters, but it's there.
They retail for about $15 - $20 in my area, and I think this is a pretty good value for the quality, especially if you are an avid lace knitter. I think you could get away with just a couple of sizes, as they are tailored to lace weight yarns. For me, I would only need a 4, 5 and maybe a 10 and 13 to do about everything I might want to do.
For double points, I loved the metal Susan Bates sock needles. I love these needles and they have many good qualities that many knitters would enjoy. Each size is a different color, so you won't get them confused with each other. They are also a bit longer than most sock needles, which I like because I am less likely to loose a stitch, although some knitters might not like the extra length. I also like the longer ones, because you can also knit hats and other larger items.
The surface, is metal, but like the Addi lace needles and ever so slightly tacky so that the yarn doesn't slip too much. The yarn moves easily, but doesn't slide off the ends. The tips are perfectly tapered, and not too pointy to be pushed with a finger.
They also have a great size selection with needles available in mm sizes, which I really like. This allows me to be able to get my gauge nailed down really well. They Silvalume Susan Bates sock needles go down to 000 for a really good selection for light weight yarns, even lace weight.
With a price from $4 -$9 per set, you can't beat the value of these needles. They will bend when you sit on them, but I have found they are easy enough to bend back, and unlike bamboo, they don't break easily. I have not found a set of sock needles I like better than these yet, they are my very favorites. I like that if I loose one, bend it or accidentally drop it in the crack on the porch and can't get it back, well I can just buy a new set.