over using DPNs? Does it go faster? Any advantages or disadvantages? I can't think of the other name for them...French something-or-other I think, kinda mushroomy-shaped, bent metal loops instead of the wooden pegs. I've been using just my Boye Needlemaster tips, but it's a bit awkward.
I suck at making i-cord, so this is what I use. Actually I have one made by Boyle (I think) that is made for children. Very cute colors with a little face on it. I grew up using one and my mom always called it a knitting spool. My stitches are much more even and it's fun. I can also run a cotton or nylon cord down the middle easily for added strength if I am making i-cord for a purse handle of something like that. I'd like to get one that has a bit larger hole and 5 or 6 pegs.
I hold mine with the yarn wrapped around my finger so that as I turn the spool the yarn is right where it is supposed to be for me to flip over it. It goes really fast for me that way. I've seen some instructions that tell you to wrap the yarn around each spindle, but you don't need to and it makes just as nice i-cord in half the time! As with any knitting variation, I'm sure it has to do with what you learned first and what you are comfortable with. If you feel like i-cord is going slowly for you, try one of these. And it is always something fun to have handy if you have little kids around!
We used to make those out of wooden thread spools and nails when I was a kid (my age is showing). I love making i-cords on dpns. They go so fast and it's always satisfying to see something finished (even an i-cord).