Early on in my knitting career I decided that I despised metal needles of all types. They were cold. They were heavy. They were hard on the wrists. I discovered bamboo quickly, and they were smooth, warm, not to slippery, and light weight. I tried some of the fancy-expensive Lantern Moon wood needles, but was not impressed. The small sizes splintered and the larger sizes were a lot heavier than bamboo. I tried Brittany birch needles, and found them okay, but lacking in the sharp point department. I became a bamboo needle user, specifically a Crystal Palace bamboo needle knitter. Say that three times fast. All of my favorite needles were CP bamboo: straights, DPNs, and circulars.
Until this week. In a couple of weeks I am teaching a 2 socks on 2 circs class at the shop. The needles we carry are Addi Turbos. I have heard a lot of people rave about how great these needles are, but I remained a skeptic. Since I am teaching the class, and those who are taking the class will most likely be using the Addi Turbos, and because I have never used said Addi Turbos, I purchased my very first sets this week. Then I came home and tried them. I knitted 90% of a sock in one sitting. (I normally take a week or two to knit a pair in my spare time.) They are very smooth and slick, and they make knitting virtually effortless. I now believe all of the hype. I have to force myself to go back now and work on the pair of socks still dangling from my Crystal Palace bamboo circular needles.