The spare short needles that I
have are double pointed (but they don't have to be) and I tend to stop the stiches from sliding off using elastic bands. May be you can think of a better way. But that's what the friend that has lent me those needles suggested.
You might not like Netanya as much anymore (I don't know when you were here last) because it has recently changed for the worst.
My brothers who live in Syracuse go to a reformed synagogue and I once saw a lady with a kipa there!!!
Write to you again soon when I get some more time.