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« Reply #370 on: January 12, 2008 07:42:07 AM »

I am a nOOb so maybe this is old news to you guys who have been around for a while, but to make your own knitting needles, I REALLY like that idea! Do it your self instead of buying something premade, that appeals to me. Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #371 on: January 13, 2008 10:21:48 AM »

Thank you so much for your wonderful idea! I made them immediately, and they came out so well Cheesy Equivalent to those that I bought for 8 dollars... *grumble grumble*
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« Reply #372 on: January 13, 2008 11:55:38 AM »

I'm so glad you guys are having success with these!
I would love to see some more pics of people's finished needles!
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« Reply #373 on: January 15, 2008 09:26:26 AM »

I made some of these too after reading this thread a few weeks ago.  I bought 36" dowels from Pat Catans and out of each one was able to get 2 10" straight needles, 2 shorter pieces (didn't meaure them) for circular needles and 1 small cable needle. So for @ $2.00, I have straight, circular and cable needles in size 3, 6, 8, 10.5, 11, and 13. 

At first, I tried craft sandpaper in fine and super fine, but still wasn't able to get the finish exactly like I wanted.  I have since found the PERFECT way to get them perfectly smooth and also kind of shiny/polished without putting anything on them.  I picked up one of those 4-way nail buffer blocks (cost me $.99), with sides that say:
1. file nail edge 2. remove ridges 3. smooth nail 4. shine nail

This thing works like a dream and is super quick and beyond easy!  My needles now have that nice sheen to them just like the $8 bamboo needles I had bought.    If you are having trouble getting the wood smooth enough, give this a try.... you won't be sorry!
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« Reply #374 on: January 15, 2008 09:23:38 PM »

That buffer tip sounds great - thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #375 on: January 19, 2008 11:02:06 AM »

I have since found the PERFECT way to get them perfectly smooth and also kind of shiny/polished without putting anything on them.  I picked up one of those 4-way nail buffer blocks (cost me $.99), with sides that say:
1. file nail edge 2. remove ridges 3. smooth nail 4. shine nail


great idea!! I have tons of those, I'm gonna try that too, Thanks for sharing
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« Reply #376 on: January 20, 2008 05:37:29 PM »

I am so excited to try this!!  A cheap way to make birthday presents when you are on a MAJOR budget!!!  I'll have to make a set of dpn, stitch markers and a felted case for the needles....hmm, I think this just might work!
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« Reply #377 on: January 23, 2008 08:00:55 AM »

Thank you so much for this tutorial.  I just made my first pair of double pointed needles.  I haven't painted them yet.  Yours sure look great! 

Bethany
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« Reply #378 on: January 24, 2008 01:12:02 PM »

Cute!
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« Reply #379 on: January 28, 2008 09:47:30 AM »

that's so clever!
I go out for sushi all the time with girls from work, and they always tell me I need to start taking my chopsticks home and make needles for them so I can teach them to knit.  Now I have a good idea as to what to do!
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