I've been using these needles for several years now and find them much easier on my poor arthritic fingers than standard needles. The new ones have nice, sharp tips for lace knitting and the company stands behind their products. Personally, I prefer the firm cords, but someone else may like the soft. A great tool!
This is my second Knit Kit and I love them both. Everything you need is in it - the row/stitch counter, tape measure, stitch markers, point guards, scissors and a crochet hook to pick up those dropped stitches. My only complaint about this black one is that the numbers on the counter are a little harder to read than on my pink one but it's still a great product. Every knitter needs at least one.
I saw three of these patterns on the inside cover of Verena magazine and thought they were perfect for several projects I want to do. The instructions appears clear and easy and I'm looking forwward to making several of the items. The only drawback is that several of the yarns used are almost impossible to find, even on the internet.