I started on my Whisper a few days ago. It took me 3 swatches to get gauge and then I started in with DPNs. Usually I love my DPNs and have no problems using them, but I started getting ladders; normally I would just snug the corners a bit tighter, but since it's laceweight knit loosely on large needles, extra snugging up wasn't working. So I decided to switch to circulars.
When I went to 3 Kittens, they didn't have any non-metal 12" circs in a sz 5 (metal hurts my hands!) but the employee offered up a 9" one. 9 inches! I didn't even know they made them that short! I took a risk and bought it.
It is teeny! The needle part is only 1 1/4". Holding them makes me feel like I am doing micro-surgery on dolls. But after a few rounds, they are feeling better, and the laddering is no longer a problem.
I've got about 3" of sleeve now and the texture is looking really lovely. When it's done, in spring, I propose undycat
and I have a new-spring-cardigan-showing-off coffee date so we can sit out on the sidewalk tables and nibble elegant pastries and look fabulous.