1) Very Herodotus: re your comment about chicken livers, I'm writing you a proper response with recipes.
2) No response yet from the on-line shop re the broken needle. I'm a bit dissappointed.
3) To the powers that be (PTBs), thank you for making £1=$2. It means I can go shopping at American yarn shops. So far, I've purchased some blocking tools from Webs (http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1064-1088-1457/0/0/2844//lsku-161705), extra t-pins and a blocking board (http://yarn.com/webs/0/0/0/0-1185-1186-1440/0/0/2607/). I originally ordered the smaller version, but have just emailed them and asked them to swap it for the larger (they haven't processed my order yet). I know I'll regret not buying the bigger one.
4) The Yarn Barn of Kansas has really good customer service. I've purchased a couple of things from them, most notably this pattern and the yarn to go with it: http://www.yarnbarn-ks.com/prodinfo.asp?number=KP%2DRE%2D82382 .