I purchased 5.0mm needles at Michaels as that was the smallest size they had in stock. Michaels carried both the double point and straight needles ranging in size from 5.0mm to 10mm but only the whole sizes. After finding those I contacted one of my local yarn shops to see if they had the needles and sure enough they did. We headed off to The Yarn Guy who has the full range (or most sizes) and I picked up a 4.5mm circular needle and 4.0mm straight needles.
Once I had the 5.0mm needles I started to work on an Easy Goes It Shawl with some yarn that I had in my stash to try out the needles. The needles do feel very nice in my hands and I was able to make some good progress on the shawl.
This is the description that I found about the needles:
Simply knit more easily The detail is decisive: The new drop-shaped tips optimize the picking up and guiding of the yarn. These hook tips make the start easy for the beginner and enable the experienced knitter to work quickly and quietly - even with complicated patterns. Click Heads, Triangle Shape, Hook Tips and Steel Cord.
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3. The needles click/slip together so that you can basically use them as a stitch holder. I wouldn't be clicking them together as I think doing that would wear them out faster than slipping them together. I have found that sometimes when you pick up the needles after slipping them together that they do come apart so it is something you have to watch. I think they would be good when putting a project into a bag and taking somewhere as long as you put the needle with the stitches on it pointing up. For needle storage they will stay together making it easier to find the set.
5. The steel cord on the circular needle to me is a win because it means that the cord will stay straight and not have that normal twist that we knitters have to normally deal with. As soon as I purchased the circulars I pulled them out of the box and they went nice and straight immediately. I tried to get the normal twist that most circulars have but it didn't happen.
6. Texture of the needles is a little different. The actual needle goes from round to triangular which is something that you have to get use to. I have also found that some yarn doesn't slip as easily on these needles but in some ways that could be an advantage because the stitches won't slip off the needle.
7. My overall opinion of these needles are a win because they lighter, quieter and easier to knit with. I am really looking forward to trying a knit-three-together to see how that goes.
One comment I cannot make is how long they will last as I have only had them for a couple of weeks so time will tell. Now to see if I can wear them out and how long it takes.
Overall review: Will I purchase more of these needles? YES
If you have used these needles please let me know what your opinion is.