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« on: January 15, 2008 11:26:43 AM »

I hope this project is okay in the Knitting board! I didn't know where else to put it that would direct it to the right people (knitters!!)

Basically, I first tried boiling them for like 20 minutes, but that didn't melt the plastic enough. Then I got the bright idea to use my old toaster oven (one that we no longer use for food). I took the needles (Red Heart Kids needles sold in packs of 3), set the on foil (shiny side out), and baked them at about 350 degrees until "floppy" -- about a minute-2 minutes. I took them out with tongs, grabbing the black topper. I used oven mitts and shaped them around a beer bottle. I used a beer bottle because it has a smaller circumference than a drinking glass, a beer bottle is about 7.5", whereas a regular glass is about 8". I held them around the bottle for about 15 seconds, trying to pinch the ends shut. I then put them on my wrist and shaped them some more. It took me a few tries to get a non-wonky shape. I did end up melting one completely because I left it in the oven for 5 minutes. Ooops.

If you try this, please be careful and use items that you wouldn't use for food. My toaster oven is an old one, so we no longer use it for food. Also do this in a WELL ventilated area, because you don't want to breathe in plastic fumes.
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2008 11:31:31 AM »

Ok...I love these and want them but...it would hurt me to destroy good needles!
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008 11:33:06 AM »

I tried making a bracelet by boiling too...totally didn't work. I never did think of an alternative idea like you did. Good going!

« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2008 02:34:59 PM »

That's a really cool, and thanks for the tutorial. I might have to try that out sometime. It gives whole new meaning to the idea of a circular needle I guess (oh, that was bad, I'm sorry Embarrassed ).

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2008 06:47:52 AM »

I've been buying plastic needles lately, just so I could try this!
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2008 07:01:54 AM »

Thanks everybody! They're really quick to make, and what better way to show off you're a knitter when you can't actually knit?

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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2008 08:25:10 AM »

That is too cool!  I'm always looking for knitting themed accessories and this looks like it's a must.  Very spiffy.
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2008 09:51:52 AM »

Wow, thanks Lelah, these are great! Smiley

« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2008 10:43:57 AM »

FANTASTIC!! they sell brightly coloured plastic needles in my local pound shop  (like the dollar stores but UK).  Need to make me some of these.

« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2008 04:26:48 PM »

such a cool idea!  i'd love to try that sometime, but i don't have a toaster oven...
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