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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2004 12:21:44 PM »

Those are awesome. I'm going to have to try that. I'm sure they're an extra pleasure to knit with as well. Wink
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2004 10:44:27 PM »

If anyone has a Cost Plus near them, they have long bamboo chopsticks for doing wok cooking with that are only a dollar. I guestimate that they are about the same gauge as US 11 needles.
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« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2004 07:25:43 AM »

that's so funny, cuz I learned how to knit on  chop stix. I didn't have any needles yet, so i grabbed them out of the kitchen drawer.  good idea to spruce them up!
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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2004 10:26:16 AM »

I made a few pairs, but found that no matter how much I sanded, they kept catching on some little bit of wood sticking out.  But then I wanted to amke some bracelets out of clear poly and had some left over, so I coated the sticks with it, continuing right over the bead (extra strength!) and voila!  Non-catching knitting needles!
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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2004 11:59:53 AM »

I made some Knitting needles with dowels and put polymer clay on the bottoms they catch a little bit so I will try the wax paper.
the extra work is defintely worth it because the end result is fabulos!!!!
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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2004 09:48:12 PM »

Yesterday, I made knitting needles out of bamboo skewers. They're nice & long, and have turned out to be a perfect size 5 needle. I highly recommend them... except make sure to sand down the pointy end. I stabbed myself a bazillion times just casting on.
The fimo clay is a fabulous idea! It looks great Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2004 10:04:14 PM »

oh, here's something helpful...

http://www.purplekittyyarns.com/info/knitting-needle-conversion.html

it has conversions for needle sizes and millimeters.  so, you can find a dowel or chopsticks that will give you the right size needle!
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« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2004 09:58:16 AM »

this is  a really really really awesome idea. i've been trying to figure out ways of not spending $50 + at the LYS on needles because i love the bamboo needles, and those are like $14 a pair. evyl. i am totally planning on making these and will post pics when i have gotten off my ass to do so. ^_^
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« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2004 03:15:15 PM »

Ohh...hair pins. I totally see it, i learned a bad habit of using a pen to hold up buns in my hair...but these are so much better!
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« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2004 10:07:47 AM »

If you want to consider this in an entrepreneurial fashion, look at www.knitknack.com.  I found this site yesterday and was absolutely stunned at the prices of plain knitting needles with pretty ends!  But!  If you're the one making the knitting needles, maybe the ridiculous prices aren't such a bad thing after all...
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