Most of my needles are goodwill finds! Unfortunately they are not that useful for a beginner:
everything is metal, unless otherwise stated
size 11 straights (good for scarves, lol)
size 10.5 straights (my first needles I bought ages ago)
29" size 6 circular
29" size 8 circular (nylon)
(4) size 6 dpn's
(3) size 3 VERY LONG dpn's
And I think 1 size 2 dpn, again very long
I bought 16" size 10 bamboo circular and (5) bamboo size 10 dpn's
It is stuff I am sure I will be able to use eventually but starting out it is either too long or too small or too big :lol for the patterns I keep eyeing. What I need are dpn's and circulars in a shorter length that are size 7 since everything calls for that. I guess I could use bigger needles, less stitches and double my yarn. How do I know what increment to decrease stitches by?
The dowel thing is a great idea, I had forgotten about that video, dpn's are so intimidating but I am willing to try them.
I did start some mittens for my kiddos on the size 6 dpn's. Wish me luck!