I contacted my LYS to see what type of needles they stock, as the pattern I’m waiting on has some different sized needles than what I already have (plus I needed to know if other sizes were readily available depending on how my swatch turns out). The owner said she has very few fixed circular needles in stock, as everyone is leaning toward interchangeable tips. She says she buys from Knitpicks, and the sets they have that I have looked at do not contain a cable small enough to make a 16 inch circular (which is the size circular I don’t have).
I guess my question is how true is this? And if fixed circs are going away, which interchangeables give one the most options with tips and cables? I prefer bamboo or wood, metals tend to be too slippery for me. I’ve read reviews on Clovers (and others) that complain about the cable coming undone, but most of those reviews are at least 3 or 4 years old - have the methods of manufacturing them improved?
Thanks for any ideas!