You see, Rogue is finished, and so are the Estonian mittens (and I promise pictures, as soon as my husband and I are in the same place during the day), so I cast on for the hubby's gloves, a merger of two different Estonian patterns. And I thought to myself, the pattern calls for five dpns, and I have the fifth, why don't I try it? I lasted two rows before switching back to four. There were just too many freaking needles. Needles everywhere, needles poking into my clothes, needles flying into space...and the whole thing feels tighter and better-engineered as a triangle, not a square.
I'm all for the diversity, but I can't get behind this newfangled five-needle nonsense. I'm guessing it came from another culture (and isn't "newfangled" at all), and once the needle companies heard about it, they figured they'd throw in the fifth, just in case. Back when I was growing up, when you bought dpns, you only got four, so that's all I ever learned on. I gave five a try, and I just can't stomach them all. Sort of like chicken vindaloo. Too many needles, too many hot spices.
Is there an advantage to using five dpns that would make it worth my while to learn to use them? Or is it just whatever you're used to?