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« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2004 08:48:54 AM »

i made some that i'm going to sell for $3/pair at a local craft market. I found some wooden "axle caps" at michaels , about a dollar 50 for 13 of them, which are easy to paint.
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« Reply #21 on: February 24, 2004 10:07:54 PM »

okay- this is my first post and i really hope everything works! i've also made some of these dowel knitting needles. i'm teaching the kids at my afterschool program how to knit, i have about 15 or so kindergarteners-thru-fifth graders knitting their littel hearts out. of course that means a bunch of needles. i've made them all myself, by hand, and the kids love them. hope these pics show up!


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« Reply #22 on: February 25, 2004 02:35:19 PM »

holy-moly those are wonderful! I can't wait to try some; I'll post pictures when I do.
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« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2004 04:56:47 PM »

i have a bunch of those plastic chopstick things for your ahir. if only i knitt they might come on handy. i dont even where them in my hair seeing as how i got my hair layered.
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« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2004 08:38:41 AM »

I made a set of these with 'hardwood dowels' purchased from the craft store. But as I knit with them, the needles kind of mark or dent each other.  

They are usable, but I wonder if after a whole garment they will actually get little grooves.  

How are the needles standing up under extended use? And, what sort of wood are you using?
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« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2004 10:42:41 AM »

i just used regular dowels from the craft store, cut and sharpened and sanded them. i have  bunch of kids using them (for a few months now) and we havent had the 'denting' problem, they actually get better with use, they smooth out with the oils in from your hands working with them.
is the wood too soft? what is the diameter? i've used the 1/4 inch diamer, and a few bigger ones... but the thinner ones (1/4" ) are favorites among the kids
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« Reply #26 on: February 28, 2004 11:26:09 AM »

I've had one pair for over a year (and used them a ton!) and only noticed a very few small dents and such around the tips.  they're are absolutely tiny and don't affect knitting at all.  I have another pair that i made at christmas that seems to be the same way (no real denting, I mean).

I agree  that they get better as you use them.  mine are like butter now.
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« Reply #27 on: February 28, 2004 02:03:46 PM »

I made a set of these with 'hardwood dowels' purchased from the craft store. But as I knit with them, the needles kind of mark or dent each other.  

They are usable, but I wonder if after a whole garment they will actually get little grooves.  

How are the needles standing up under extended use? And, what sort of wood are you using?

for mine i just used regular bamboo chopsticks and plain old dowels from the hardware store.  I only have veryr minute knicks in mine, even after some pretty heavy use.  It may be that you need to smooth out the tips a little more, or maybe you knit "harder"?   Another thing you might want to consider is to laquer the outside of them a couple times.  Mine have smoothed up very nicely after extended use, and are a nice alternative to heavier aluminum needles.  
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« Reply #28 on: February 28, 2004 02:12:59 PM »

Thanks!  

I'll keep working with them and see how they wear.  They were going to be for a gift, but I was afraid they wouldn't be as good as 'store bought.'  
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« Reply #29 on: March 08, 2004 06:53:35 PM »

The homemade needles are a great idea!  I went to our local Hobby Lobby store when they had knitting needles and supplies on sale.  The knitting needle gauge was less than a dollar (50% off) so I will use that as the dowel gauge.  Much cheaper to make your own needles.  Besides, I'm sure our ancestors did a similar thing--no yarn stores in those days!  
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