Very odd. I actually also have a set of wooden knit-pro hooks, but they have really deep hooks, so are not very pleasant to use.
I decided to crochet a baby cardigan - exciting because I get to practice my crocheting, I need a baby jumper for a not-yet born girl - and I can continue to avoid purling - not something I started on purpose, but I've done almost no purling this year, and I like it!
So I went on e-bay to buy some new needles. Less than ten dollars later, I have needles in every size imaginable, in a case to keep them neat. Now, lets see how the baby cardigan goes!