Do you have a preference regarding knitting needles: make, material, type? I ask this because the more things I knit the more discerning/fussy I seem to become, and as with pens (about which I am extremely particular) and kitchen knives, say, the more I find the right tools enhance the making process.
For both the kerchief and the hot water bottle cover (that's a second one under way above) I've bought Addi lace needles because I wanted sharp points, and I'm liking them very much, similarly the Karbonz I used for a recent pair of socks.
I notice that knitting podcasts often discuss needles as a topic of great interest and definite personal preference - for most podcasters, it seems, it's not a case of nipping into John Lewis or the equivalent and picking up a pair of grey aluminium needles in the appropriate size, it's now a matter of cable 'memory', optimum joins, ratio of tapered part to needle tip, length of tip and degree of sharpness, so I'm hearing hitherto unknown names such as Signature, ChiaoGoo, DyakCraft and HiyaHiya, and even becoming aware of the difference needle material makes to gauge and thus the dimensions of the finished garment.
Are you choosy about your needles? Do you always resort to tried and trusted types, or is getting the right circumference the only thing which matters to you?