or rather, a needle strewn alley full of discards that are no longer useful or loved.
When I started knitting I used straight long bamboo needles. I bought a set from Spotlight, the one with the fake tapestry case. I don’t remember actually knitting with them. In 2006 I heard somewhere about Denise Interchangeable needles. (This was well before I'd heard of Ravelry) I bought a set, on my 30th birthday, and thought “now I have all the needles I need. I’ll never have to buy a knitting needle again”.
It turns out that those needles are everything I dislike, but, being a new knitter, I had no idea. They are plastic, and blunt and the cables are really, really thick. I eventually gave the set away. I bought some fixed Addi’s, which I really liked, but struggled because I needed a wide range of needles. Some time after that I bought the Addi click set, which I quite like, but I find it comes unattached sometimes. At the time I liked that the needles were not too pointy, now I like my needles sharp. After that I bought the knitpro interchangeables in wood, since I already had a metal interchangeable set. They are pretty good, but I find they sometimes come loose, if you don’t tighten them enough, and the way I pull on them wrecks the cable join – I’ve also destroyed two sets of Signature Circulars. The other day I bought some Addi Turbo Lace. These needles are perfect. They are sharp, the cable is just right, they are affordable. Now I just need to collect the rest of the sizes.
And to think, 7 years ago, I thought I would never have to buy another knitting needle!