A while back I bought myself a set of bamboo knitting needles. Since then I have rarely used my older metal and plastic ones.
Last night, I decided to start a baby jacket in my room. I couldn't be bothered to go downstairs and get my bamboo needles, so I used my older needles! I did think it was just hype that bamboo needles are better to knit with if you have arthritis in your joints.....BUT....now I know better!
Metal needles cause my hands to ache after only knitting for around 30 minutes, whereas....if using bamboo needles, I can sit and knit for hours before my hands start to ache and cramp.
Give me Bamboo needles over metal any day.
I have not tried the more expensive rosewood needles as yet, but hope the birthday fairy will be kind and buy me a pair of 4mm ones