I am a beginner. I have tried aluminum and bamboo needles. I don’t like aluminum. Bamboo is good. For some reason, I decided to try these. I am so glad I did!!! They are the best!!!! As soon as I used them, I ordered more in the sizes that were available. I keep looking for more sizes because I want to buy more. These needles must always be out of stock because they are so fabulous!! Also the circular needles are always out of stock too!!! I want to buy some of those too because I want to try making a shawl or afghan one day! So for I have just been making scarves!! Lol. Also I have trouble with my eyesight and the contrast between the dark color of the needle and the yarn are perfect!!