I started a new Leaf Lace shawl - knit from the bottom point up. This one is charted to knit with the leaves in "hanging" orientation, which I prefer. And, because I can't leave well enough alone, I made the leaf lace area a border, and adapted the center for a more simple triangle of lace (columns of lace - very structured, very me).
So, I'm in the perfect position to evaluate circular needles (Addi Turbo vs. Aero), as I have a leaf lace shawl in the same yarn on each kind of needle, same size and everything. My favorite? The Aeros. My evaluation included the joins (with the Addis I had to help the yarn over - not so with the Aeros), the points (the Aeros are pointier and grabbier), the cord (Addis have the more flexible cord - the only negative for the Aeros), and the needles themselves (I find the shiny Addis too bright and way too reflective while I work - Aeros are more subtle, much easier on the eyes). The other bonus is cost and availability - I can get Aeros easily here in Canada, for substantially cheaper than the Addis. I guess from now on I'm an Aero girl.
Well, with two leaf lace shawls on the needles, I'll see which gets finished first. I may yet frog the Fiber Trends shawl in favour of my own design, but I've gotten so far on it, I may end up with two shawls, instead. With 8 skeins of the Alpaca Cloud in Autumn, it shouldn't really be a problem.