Another vote for circulars. I have a complete set of straight needles, but I never use them since I got my interchangeables. I have a set of the Denise and the Harmonies... and honestly all I ever use is the Harmonies. The only time I'm not using interchangeables is for socks and then I'm using the Harmony double-points or fixed circulars.
I think a good set of interchangeable circulars is the best knitting investment you could make. My favorite is the Knitpicks Options metal set. Of course, wood vs. metal is a personal choice, but as you get faster you may regret getting wood needles. I find them to be a little "stickier" and slower. My first set was a Denise set. I love everything about it except for the thicker cable tubing. :-) Holly
Holly Current projects:
"Pinup Queen" by Annie Modesitt from Stitch N Bitch
I'm too new to knitting to offer an opinion that would count. But have my own circular needle question
I tried to use circular needles for a scarf. I have a whole set of 29" Clover, bamboo circular needles that I never used and my #8 straight needles were in use. The scarf called for #8 needles so I busted out my #8 circluar. I got frustrated because I kept "fighting" with the cord connecting the two needles, it kept wanting to twist back to the position that it was in, in the package.
Maybe, for this particular project the cord was too long, but, I was concerned about how this would work on a larger project like blanket. How long would I have to wrestle with the cord before it straightens itself out?
Since using circular needles, I would never go back to the straight ones. I prefer the KP Options interchangeables (I like metal personally) better than the Addi circs as I find their 'cord' too rigid. I did experience with a project not long ago that I had chosen a cord too long and fought with it a bit until I changed to shorter one. I am still learning.
I also vote circs.
I started a project on straights and after playing around with circs I transferred it onto circs and never looked back to this day I still only own the one pair of straights.
I much prefer the addi Turbos (I love the slippery metal) and am anxiously awaiting my set of addi Clicks (interchangeables).