Addi circulars are my go-to needle. I've used bamboo and rosewood needles, too, but I find myself going back to the Addis. I have not tried interchangeable needles or other circulars. Started with the Addis and have remained with them. The joins are smooth. I do like the Addi Lace when I want a sharper point. My only complaint is the cables tend to stay coiled.
The yarn is a pleasure to knit with, and the result is beautiful. I used it for a Two Ribs Infinity Scarf, which I like to wear doubled. The yarn is soft next to the skin and also gives a beautiful drape to the scarf.
The only reason I didn't give Rios 5 stars was because there was 1 knot in my skein my pet peeve!
I used this yarn to knit "Before and After" by Churuchmouse. It works really well for this pattern. It's not as soft as Helen's Lace or Gaia and doesn't have the spring of either, but I think the Classic Elite is perfect for this pattern. It's kind of like it has a teensy bit of wire in it (like some of the Habu), though I know it doesn't. I also like that the joins are very smooth. No thick and thin spots. No knots.
I very rarely dole out a "5," but this totally deserves it! The pattern is well-written and clear.
Knitting the border is a little time-consuming. I needed to concentrate during the "star" section. The last section was a sprint.
The result is stunning! It may be the most beautiful thing to come off my needles.
I did mine in a lace weight, which gives the shawl a very open, delicate look. Still provides warmth. Not sure how it would look in fingering, probably just as pretty. It's a gorgeous shawl.
I am in general not a fan of one-ply yarns, but Kureyon worked beautifully for my current project of small felted bags. The long segments of color repeats also worked well, giving a color-blocked effect.
I have used Kureyon in the past for a scarf my first knitted item!. Again, I loved the wide stripes and colors. Visually, it's one of my favorite scarves, but it is a little scratchy on my neck.
Be aware also that the yarn has thick-thin variations.
While knitting with this yarn, I thought it was going to be a little too heavy looking, but after it was blocked, it was just right. Shawlette is nice and soft, not at all itchy on neck. Occasionally split while knitting.
I wanted something lightweight and elastic for a spring chemo cap. Panda soy fit the bill perfectly. --One of my pet peeves is knots in the middle of a skein, which this had, so a bit of a demerit for that.