Thank you so very much to both of you
I will try the wood dowels for this project and I may try to befriend the circulars starting with a smaller project. I did check the interchangables but those needles are also too short for me.
I must confess that I don't know how to follow a pattern so I can't yet post a few lines from it. I learned knitting from my mother who always had an amazing eye to guess and create as she knitted. I'm not as good as her so I have to learn using patterns.