Circular needles weren't always available. "Back in the day," the women who knitted Shetland sweaters used loooong dpns--called pins. I don't know if they're still available, but might be worth a search.
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Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.
Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog
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