I'd be considered fairly new to knitting...I don't as yet do anything fancy, but I'd like to.
I started knitting on the cheap needles from Walmart and finally broke down and asked for a set of nice interchangeables for Mother's Day 2 years ago. My little girl (via daddy) bought me a set of the KNitPicks nickel options and I love them. I've not had a cable of theirs break and the needles glide through the yarns I've used to date.
1000% better than those cheap Walmart needles!