In my enthusiasm to get started on my very own NEBB I grabbed the only set of circular needles they had at JoAnn's. (Susan Bates) The pattern called for straight needles, but I can do math - 20 inches times the sq root of 2 is a heck of a lot longer than I want to cram onto straight needles, not to mention the weight!
I am so frustrated from fighting with the dang cable! It's not kinked, but it won't uncurl, even though it's got about 17 inches of work on it. Other than that, they're not too bad, the aluminum is nice and smooth, the tips aren't pointy enough to kill me, and the stitches aren't snagging at the join.
I'm reading through the Interchangeable Needle Poll thread, and I'm almost convinced to order the Options, but I get the feeling I won't like the pointy tips too much. JoAnn will let me order the Boye set, and even claims they're in the store, but I didn't see them (and I wasted an hour picking out yarn and a set of needles - I should have seen them)
I think I'm pretty quick for a beginner, and I haven't had any problems with stitches sliding off the aluminum, so I'm tempted to go whole hog and order the Options now. Any opinions other than the ones expressed in the thread?