My partner tends to be the encouraging force behind me getting new things. I'll say that I have an interest in something and he'll say. Do you want to go get them. We can go now. Secretly I think he just wants to go to the craft store himself so he can look around. But he's overly encouraging when it comes to my knitting.
I'll have to check out the needles though. I HATE bamboo. HATE HATE HATE. Aluminium is too slippery for some of the wools that I work with, so I end up losing stitches on occassion.
Sorry to hear that your injured and holed up. Get better.