Well, let's see -- so far I've done projects with Rowan's Big Yarn and have 15mm needles from that, and mohair. Also, Cascade 220 for the USO hats, and have the 4.5 Addi circulars for that. I also intend to get some of the Emu Superwash and make some more charity items for practice.
I won't be ANYwhere near a LYS, the nearest not being very close to the train. At that point, I'd be just as well off going back into London.
In the mini-stash (which is threatening not to be so mini as I prepare for a month of not much else to do but Web-surf, cook, knit, visit the local pub, and walk by the sea (a tragedy of a life, honestly! cloud9 ), I have 214 yards of gorgeous robin's egg blue 8 ply Australian merino that I haven't decided what to do with yet, and two balls each of several ggh Soft-Kid colors.
I intend to try and get good enough to attempt real lace knitting (rather than the openwork I'm doing now, which is fun, gorgeous, and challenging enough at the moment for a beginner like me) by the end of my month there. Right now with lace patterns, I make and tear out, make and tear out (and after about iteration six I give up), which becomes tedious on mohair.
I'd love to also get some of that gorgeous hand-dyed silk and do something artsy with beads, but I really DO have to get better at knitting before setting needles to something that expensive.
I don't have anything smaller than 4.5 and nothing larger than 6 (besides those 15mm ones). I was thinking of getting a couple of lace knitting addi's for the mohair, as sometimes the tips of my other needles don't seem sharp enough to me.
I have the ability to buy just about any of the circular sets, being here in London -- which ones are the best to knit with? I don't mind spending money, although the 79 quid for the Addi circular Click set makes me cringe a bit: is it really worth that?! I suppose it must be! But I know for sure I can get Harmony, Addi, and Denise. (I note that the Denise needles are supposed to be airline friendly, which is a plus!) Anyone have a rec for which one of those would be the best long-term investment?
If I'm going to do this, I suppose I might as well do it right from the beginning and not end up buying two or three different sets of needles...