Wow, thanks for your input, everyone. I'll keep an eye on the sales at Hobby Lobby and see if the Boye needles go on sale anytime soon. Otherwise I might order Options, because I do feel that they would be better long-term as long as they don't bother my hands. If I get Options, I probably will get a combination of metal and wood needles.
recent FOs: Shedir cap, Bricks of Atlantis, Pirates Hat, Citrine Socklets, Teddy bears, 1 entrelac sock
OTN: scraps blanket, Shedir for Teenie, Ice Serpent Hat
NIL: Qiviuk tam re-visited; weatherproof gloves; sweaters
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