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« on: September 09, 2007 11:01:28 AM »

hello there. Smiley

very first post on craftster. from someone who would willingly throw herself upon any craft, (possibly excluding the black arts): a question.

I have two pairs of long, thin metal poles normally used for slotting on old library indexing cards. They're about 30cm long (probably slightly longer) and have a secure knob at one end and a slight point like a knitting needle at the other. They're also of a comfortable weight to hold in your hands.

would it be concievable to knit on these? they'd make a lovely sound but it might be just madness.

any thoughts'd be appreciated. 
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2007 11:24:57 AM »

I say go for it!  I knitted on sharpened pencils (with the lead part dipped in white glue so it wouldn't draw on the yarn) so yours seems way better than that!  I have store bought aluminum needles, I doubt the sound would be too much different from that. 

Have fun!
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2007 11:38:27 AM »

Sounds fine. Smiley 

Someone here knit with drumsticks. You're in good company.  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2007 12:05:24 PM »

I've knit with pens before.

Despite the black marks on my fingers afterward, they worked just fine.

So I assume yours are fine.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2007 12:10:48 PM »

When I first learned to knit, I swiped a couple of my brother's tinkertoy sticks and sharpened the ends. They were made out of wood in the old days...
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2007 12:47:49 PM »

Do they have any burrs or anything that might catch on the yarn?  If so they may need to be filed off.  Any tarnish or anything that could rub off and discolor the yarn?

Why not try them, it sounds like they would work fine.

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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2007 01:08:11 PM »

Cheesy thankyou folks. no, they're not tarnished at all, and they're really smooth, it was just such a weird thing to happen upon. I'd be interested to know what else people use for needles these days, it sounds like there's a lot of variety Smiley now to dig out the weird wool...
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2007 07:12:07 PM »

I've heard of knitting on toothpicks!
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2007 02:43:13 PM »

crikey, that's a tricky one! I once read about someone who knitted on pins, too... little tiny seahorses and things. incredible stuff.
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