these are short needles with fairly sharp points. they are excellent for knitting socks. they come with 6 needles in the set an extra is already included in case one breaks..... but don't let that trick you, they are VERY sturdy.... none have broken so far!
i bought this yarn for a scarf for a friend who is allergic to wool. the yarn is wonderful to feel and has an excellent drape. i would not recommend this yarn for a new/novice knitter because it splits VERY easily. i used very pointed knitting needled and way very mindful of knitting without splitting, but there was a fair amount of ripping out in order to keep all the strands making up the yarn together. i would use this yarn again, because the feel and drape are wonderful..... use it in good light and carefully check each row for stray strands.