I could really use some advice from this wonderful knitting community on your experience with bamboo circular needles.
Currently, my go to needles are the interchangeable Knit Picks Harmony Wood. Although I am very happy with these needles, I have a very strong desire to knit with bamboo needles.
So, after some research, I bought the bamboo KA Mid Switch Exchangeable Circular Needle Set – beautiful needles. The problem is that the longer cords (40" or longer which I need for Magic Loop) do not fit on the smaller needle tip sizes. To remedy this issue, I also bough the connector that would allow me to connect two cables together for the length I need for Magic Loop.
However, each time I switched sides using the Magic Loop technique, the stitches bunched up around the connector, and I had to take extra time to smooth out the stitches over the connector to be able to free up the cable length I needed to continue. After trying to make this work for quite a number of rounds last night, I realized this was just not working for me. I started my project over on the Harmony needles, and Magic Loop was a breeze.
I also realized when switching to the Harmony circular needles that my hands felt more comfortable – the Harmony needle tips are longer than the KA needle tips. Also, it was easier to put the Harmony needle tips into the stitches and the stitches glided over the Harmony needles more effortlessly than the KA needles.
Through this experience, I have a better idea of the type of bamboo interchangeable needle set I am looking for.
Could anyone recommend an interchangeable bamboo needle set that has longer needle tips, sharper points, and a smooth/slick surface (similar to the Harmony needles if you are familiar with these)? I would also need the set to come with a 40" or longer cable that would fit all of the needle sizes without having to join cables together.