I made 5 pairs of knitting needles for about $7! They were so easy you'll wonder why you're charged about $8 a pair in stores. I'm totally in love with mine. (click for larger image)
How I made em for those who wanted a tutorial....
makeup perncil sharpener
Sculpy (or Fimo or something to put on the ends of the needles)
1) Cut dowel rods into two equal lengths. 12 inches is normal. I used 14 inches because I like long needles. Handsaws and clamps are great for this part.
2)Sharpen your dowel rods with your pencil sharpener. It will work! Dowel rods are evidently about the same hardness of wood that pencils are, so don't be afraid.
3) Sand the points lightly
and sand around them. Also sand that ridge that the pencil sharpener left. Now sand the body on the needle. Sand, sand, sand. It'll make the difference of whether you like your homemade needles or not.
4) Wax paper? What to do with that? Rub the wax paper all
over your needles, esspecially the tip. I was afraid that a paint, dye, or enamle would chip off or stain my hands or the yarn, so I needed something to smooth the sanded needles further. The wax paper is key. Heck, use it on your bamboo needles too! It's just so cheap and works impressively well.
5) Fun time! Make things to put on the end on the needles and attach them. Mine ends are made of sculpy that's bee super glued to the needle and painted with clear nail polish for shine and protection.
6) when glue/paint/nail polish dries.... knit away!