I'm going to learn how to ski! Which means, of course, the first thing I did was knit a pair of grey balaclavas for me and DH. Then I decided I didn't want a ginorm balaclava squashing my hair (I already have a hood on my jacket and about 2 dozen knitted hats) and opted to knit a tight-ish cowl that could be pulled up over the face instead.
This presented the perfect opportunity to try out the shorter lace Addi circular needles. To back up... I decide to lose the usual 5 lbs of holiday weight, plus what I refer to as "St Louis weight" and "med school weight" (5 lbs each), and settled on a set of interchangeable Addi circs as the perfect reward for reaching my pre-midwestern figure. However I am quite puzzled by the choices. Online, the regular Addi turbo interchangeable circs are in a silverish (?nickel) finish, usual length needles, 10 sizes, 3 cords. The lace interchangeable needles, are in a nickel finish, 8 sizes of needles 2" shorter (ostensibly because of shorter cords), 4 cords. At the local yarn store, the lace needles come only in a copper finish (the 2010 version, apparently). What a dilemma! While I believe I have knitted with the nickel (or other silverish metal) finish lace and regular Addi's and prefer the lace tips, I was not sure. So I bit the bullet and got a pair of the copper-finish, lace, short needles, for this project. My conclusions:
1) fingers smell like pennies -- copper finish bad
2) it is really uncomfortable/painful to knit with short needles because hands can't "rest" on the needles
3) knitting on a copper finish is slow, not very "turbo"
4) for teeny projects, double pointed needles are easier and faster. The tiny circular cord is ridiculous and inefficient unless I take up socks/hats full time.
So I am 90% convinced to get the regular (not lace) Addi interchangeable turbo needle set, despite the fact that I like the lace tip more than the regular tip. I do want to purchase from the LYS that has taken the time and cost to show me the options. But I wanted to get some opinions from people who have tried out all 3 sets (or 4 sets, if there is a lace nickel finish set out there where the needles are regular length). Specifically, is the finish on the regular Addi interchangeable needles the usual Addi nickel finish? What is the join like? Which set did you get, and why? Help!