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. The instructor taught the method of two socks at the same time on two circulars which was my introduction to using circular needles. The LYS (I was living overseas at the time) stocked lots of different needles, including Addi Turbo. Some guys on MWK were using these and highly recommended them so I purchased some and gave it a go. At first, I found them difficult to use since the stitches seemed to fly off the slick needles. It didn't take long until I was hooked on them and I've never gone back. When I returned to New Zealand, I couldn't find them anywhere (and still know of only 1 store in the country which sells them!). So, thanks to eBay and the royal postal service, I bought every size in every length. This ended up being an unwieldy collection, difficult to store and to index. After a while, my knitting ended up being pretty much predictable (fairisle and socks) and I used only a few different needle sizes. The rest of the needles have ended up in the attic.
Then, along came the Addi Clicks. Great, I thought; these wouldn't take up much room at all. I bought the original set (in the big box) and then realised that I used sizes smaller than were in the set. So, the box went into the cupboard for a few years.
My current project which is almost finished is a cardie for my partner. It called for 5 and 5.5 mm needles so I finally was able to use the Clicks. I think they are fantastic! The needles are as smooth and lightweight as the regular needles and the new cords are a huge improvement over the old cords (I disliked having to boil them so they would relax after being stored away for a while). The old cords are awful for magic loop work in my opinion. The joins are smooth and don't catch the yarn. The mechanism for locking and unlocking the cords into the needles is easy and doesn't come undone when knitting. I bought the new case and discarded the big box so the set takes less space and is more portable. I think it's great to have all those different needle sizes in one compact case. My only regret is that the smaller sizes are still unavailable which means that after this project is completed I will be back to the old needles and cords. I've checked the internet and see that Addi Clicks are available in the lace set and also bamboo but the sizes are still too big for me. I like to be able to knit with 2.5 mm – 3.5 mm. If I knew how to do it, I would lobby Addi to produce the set in smaller needles.
At this point I can unreservedly recommend the Addi Clicks for their very satisfactory performance. I continue to be a Addi devotee.
"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me". C.S. Lewis