They look so benign, lying there with the stitches of my sock upon them. Don't be fooled, these needles are evil. For the record, you are looking at my rosewood toe-up sock in progress, now placed on a 40" circular Addi Turbo needle for finishing the leg by the magic loop technique. I bought these expensive needles specifically because everyone raves about how flexible the cable is (NOT!) and how great they are for doing the magic loop or circular knitting on 2 needles, or other like techniques. I agree, the join to the cable is very smooth and the pins are too. But the cables -! They whip around, smacking me in the face, snaking around my wrists, and when I'm not looking, get tangled in the yarn. DH watched me beat them into submission and remarked that they must be super-coiled, you know, like DNA is wound up so it fits inside cells. No, I replied, that's not it, it's that the cables can think and right now they think they don't want to work.
There must be a better way to deal with the needles; if you know it, please tell me?