How do you guys make your needles look like the wooden ones in the store. They are shiny and really really smooth. I sanded mine down with 120 and then with 220 sandpaper, stained them a few times and then rubbed them with wax paper. It's still snagging and not as nice. Do you guys use polyurethane?
I did this tonight and made 5 pairs for $1.99. I sanded with some wet/dry paper I bought during my clay faze. Did 600, then jumped right to 1000. Then I used thread wax, the kind you use to coat thread for hand sewing, should be able to get it at any sewing supply store, maybe $2. Here's a link, this seems like it will work fine. http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3368&PRODID=prd49639&source=search
I probably wouldn't use Polyurethane, my experience with that sort of thing is that it breaks down over time and gets all yucky. That could just be the stuff I've used for things before but that's my experience. I would just use the wax and go for a higher grit sandpaper. I've heard you can get high grit sand paper at the auto store but I've never had luck there. If you have a specialty woodworking store in town, check that. Otherwise I went to that nice little shop online by the bay. Ebay, that is...
This is FAB FAB FAB, I teach a knitting/crochet class and was frustrated having to put out so many $$ on knitting needles. WAhoo!!!