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« Reply #390 on: May 04, 2008 08:10:37 PM »

great idea!
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« Reply #391 on: May 13, 2008 07:39:07 PM »

this is such a cool idea
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« Reply #392 on: May 24, 2008 03:09:16 PM »

This is how I first learned knitting! My mother wouldnt buy me any knitting needles, because she didn't think i'd use them, so I used chopsticks and some old yarn and learned ffrom a tutorial on the internet!  Cheesy
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« Reply #393 on: May 30, 2008 12:51:34 PM »

They look sooo great! I'll have to try that, too. But the chopsticks I've seen till now are either not completely round or are thicker on one end...
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« Reply #394 on: May 30, 2008 06:26:28 PM »

Ok so I whipped up a couple of pairs last night and here is the result:




The needle sizes are 18 and size 7. The larger pair is made from dowels that I bought AGES ago for this very purpose and the smaller pair is made from a set of bamboo chopsticks.
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« Reply #395 on: June 01, 2008 09:08:12 PM »

I love this idea Smiley  They look very cool. 
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« Reply #396 on: July 30, 2008 10:21:48 PM »

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!!! 
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« Reply #397 on: July 31, 2008 10:23:02 AM »

Reviving this thread to show you guys what my mom and I made!!





The pics are horrible, but I'm proud of my needles! I shaped them and then my mom made the flowers with a woodburner. They're US 10.  Cheesy
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« Reply #398 on: September 17, 2008 04:35:36 PM »

Great idea!  A new use for chopsticks!
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« Reply #399 on: September 26, 2008 01:14:35 PM »

thanks for the instructions...i'll have to make myself some. it'll same me some money.
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