Iris, I went to Joann's today and found the Baleen needles...got a couple pairs and came home and tried them...and, I think I'm in love! Now I want to know why ALL needles aren't like this on the tip? Anyway, does anyone know of circular needles with tips like this? And, do you think I could file down and then sand smooth, wooden circular needles? I'm willing to give it a try if there aren't any circulars like it. Gee, I REALLY like them.