When I first learned to knit almost 8 years ago, I started out with the usual 2 pointed sticks. Since I am an academic wanker, I had to read all I could find on knitting during this introductory phase. Interestingly, at that time I could find only a couple of authors who talked about circulars and these vigorously maintained that circular needles were the only way to go. Believe it or not, this stance was considered rather radical and wasn't as accepted as it is today. After a month or two, I decided to take a sock knitting course.