I'm not looking forward to my favorite of the LYSs in my area closing. It's sad on a personal level as well as a social and commercial one. A few weeks ago, I went there to pick up a couple of 2mm circular needles. I had one that broke and I was in the midst of a project that HAD TO be finished ASAP. I purchased 2 different brands that I had not used but had heard and read several good reviews. One was the iconic Addi Turbos (lace, in this case) and the other was ChiaoGoo (Knit Red).
While I was browsing what circular needles were still available, I noticed some Knit Picks Caspian cables. I have several different sets Knitters Pride interchangeable knitting needles. For me, they are practical, well priced, and overall, they are durable. I knit many projects like socks, sleeves, mitts etc. on 2 circs, rather than a short one or 4 or 5 dpns. I have both purple and black cables. (Purple from the Knitters Pride Knit Picks Options and black from regular Knitters Pride general line.) I picked up a few green Knitters Pride Knit Picks Caspian cables in lengths I use often. I went back the following week to get a few more but they were sold out. Bummer.
I finished my project using both the ChiaoGoo and the Addi needles. I loved the Addis. The jury is still out on the ChiaoGoos. I will use them again. The bend in the needle feels foreign, but not necessarily bad. I like the cables on both needles.
When I returned to the store, only to find no Caspian cables left, I did find something else. Because the LYS is closing, everything is discounted by 20%. There were 2 sets of Knitters Pride Nova Cubics interchangeable needles in a display case with a few other needle sets. I like the Knitters Pride Symfonie Cubics interchangeables, and use them often. These sets are similarly priced, from wherever they are purchased. I didn't go to the shop intending to spend more than a few dollars on cables, but the opportunity to add to my Cubics arsenal at a discount, and without any shipping charges caused me to change my original plan.
They came in a gray fabric and clear vinyl case, along with a selection of 4 cables (one 24", two 32", and one 40"), 8 end caps, 4 cable keys and a set of cord connectors. I'm looking forward to using them in the next project I cast on, of appropriate gauge.