I do the same thing as you do with the straws. Ever since I learned, I was getting extra straws from the Eagles Club to use. The best ones I found so far were from Subways. I haven't seen the small straws in the stores. They are too big. I do have the book by Kathy Norris. I would like to get the other book as well.
Loom knitters are drinking straw, snobs or connoisseurs? I go for the latter. Ho ho, Moon Loomer