My replacement pieces just arrived, I don't know yet if they'll hold together any better. I have decided Knitpicks are something I need. Those square circs in a thread on General Knitting (I think) look good.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper