i luv my Boye straights, but i gotta tell u, i cannot stand
their circular needles
bought a pair of 10 1/2 circs from them and couldn't last more than four rows on any project i tried with them. i couldn't stand fighting with the cable. plus, its really hard to slide to stitches of from the cable to the needle sometimes. i literally had to cut my yarn to get it off one time.
i say you just get a different needle. i've found it pretty much impossible to find any good ones at places like Hobby Lobby and Walmart though.
~sigh~ if they're the only ones you have access to, though, i've heard that putting them in boiling water helps a little
. maybe they'll get better with use?
(and sorry for ranting) hope they work out for you