Hi there! I'm from Tulsa, OK, and we are also experiencing the the Blizzard of '11. I know that I have seen the clover bamboo needles in the Hobby Lobby's here. Also, you might want to try out some circular needles. They are GREAT for people who have bad wrists and such, because the cable holds most of the weight of your work. The great thing about them is that you can either use that for circular knitting or for something that you're just knitting flat.
Feel free to ask as many questions as need be. There's no such thing as a "stupid question" here.
Welcome to knitting and welcome to kh!!!