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« on: July 22, 2005 03:28:38 AM »

I've managed to sit on, or stand on, or otherwise bend most of my straight knitting needles, and I was wondering if there is any way of straightening them, or do I have to just put up with the results of my clumsiness and use them bent?

I've tried just bending them back but they either don't move at all, or bend in another place to get a great zig zag look. They're just normal grey metal, fairly cheap ones. Any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2005 07:47:36 AM »

If they were bent enough to be bothersome...I'd just get new ones...

I've managed to curve a pair of 13" bamboo needles...but that was from being jabbed into a ball of yarn for months on end...after using them for a bit they started straightening out a bit...but I wouldn't know how to straighten metal needles especially seeing that they are hollow and prone to collapsing when bent...

sorry I'm not much help!

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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2005 08:03:35 AM »

How 'bout rolling them straight?

Heat the metal a little bit--- just with your hands should be enough (you wanna 'relax' it so it's not as brittle just in case...)  Then place it on a hard FLAT surface (I'm thinking kitchen counter top)- and roll the needle along the surface--- the 'bent' portion would be like a 'hump' with the rolling needle--- just keep rolling it and applying steady pressure--- work your way from one side then the other---  that should lessen the stress on the hollow needle...  Keep goin' until there's no more 'hump' to it--- then it's straight.

lather.  rinse.  repeat.

(do the same for the other- and you should have 2 straight needles...  I caution you, though--- that they will never be as strong as they were originally and will be prone to bending again.)

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2005 12:14:41 PM »

I remember in high school I used to make oodles of those toothbrush bracelets by heating the plastic in a pot of boiling water so that it was so flexible that i could bend it around my wrist...plastic is different than metal, but maybe you could do the same to heat it and then cover it with a towel so you don't burn yourself and bend it back in shape.

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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2005 01:37:40 PM »

I'd say hot sand would be better than hot water .  . . .  Optometrists have a little pot of hot sand that they dip the ear piece of your glasses into to bend it back into shape if you've say . . . been hit in the face with a volleyball a couple times . . . and yea - i know from experience.

not sure how you'd heat the sand though.  maybe you could use hot dry rice?

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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2005 01:56:57 PM »

I wouldn't get too crazy over heating the suckers to be honest--- I was just suggesting to warm them--- thinking they might be of aluminum or another more ductile metal, you don't want them to approach the point of 'breakage'--- think of how you can bend a paper clip back and forth a few times and snap it- same principle---   warming the metal will prep it to take a new shape-- but the warmth from friction in your hands should be enough...  Please, don't burn yourself!!!!!

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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2005 05:28:30 AM »

Thanks for the ideas guys! thommoose I've tried your idea, but I can't get it to roll properly! It seems to have made a bit of a difference though, the heat from my hands is definitely enough to make it move gradually. thanks!
And bella_violet, I would go and get new ones but I'm a poor student. And these are still perfectly usable, it just offends my slightly anal and obsessive tendencies to have bent needles!  Roll Eyes
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