I received a $50 gift certificate from Knitpicks from Christmas. At first I thought I would get a set of interchangeable needles, knowing that I’d probably have to spend a little extra in order to get either the Harmony or Options, since I don’t think I want the acrylic set.
However, I have read entirely too many stories now on Knitter’s Review, Ravelry and here about the problems with the joins on both the Harmony and Options needles, so I am thinking perhaps I should just get fixed circulars.
I’ve wanted to learn how to knit socks for some time, so the interchangeable set wouldn’t really work for me anyway as the needles are generally too large. I’m pretty sure that I know everything I need to knit them: short rows, picking up stitches, increases, decreases, etc. But so far I’m pretty hopeless with double pointed needles and think that the 2 circular or magic loop method would be the right method for me.
So, now I think maybe I should use that certificate to buy a good set of fixed circulars that would be ideal for sock knitting. So…if you were spending fifty dollars on fixed circulars, what sizes/lengths of circulars would you recommend to me to create my own customized “sock knitting tool kit”? Wood or nickel? I can probably spend about $15 over the gift certificate.