A few replies:
1. I thought Amazon used to be good about shipping, but I don't order from them very often (once or twice a year), so I haven't noticed a decline in service ... sigh. You know how it is with books? You get it in your head that you want a title, and darn it, you want it *now*. The Fool suggests I call them.
2. The reason the KnitPicks needles are too short is because I mistakenly ordered the shortest circs, and what I really wanted were the ones the next size up - 18 or 20 inches, maybe? I like the sharp points a lot, and as much as I like my Addis, I like the price of the KnitPicks ones better. I'll have to see how they hold up.
3. Crazy Lanea - I don't have anything by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, but I've heard of them. Got to jam with Changeling over the weekend - the Fool did, at least. I mostly sat on the floor and stared at their guitarist. Both nice, nice people; we hope to meet up with them again soon.