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« on: August 11, 2003 09:09:48 PM »

Hi all,
This isn't technically a knitting project. . . but it's definitely knitting-related. I'm wondering if anyone has tried making their own knitting needles. I've seen this site:

http://www.littlecabbage.com/diy/needles.html

And it seems pretty easy. . . . I like the idea of giving them as gifts esp. to non-knitters and making up a little how-to kit (w/ simple instructions and some practice yarn). It's cheap and very thoughtful. . . but I'm just wondering if it's actually pleasant to knit with these kinds of needles. I like bamboo needles, but I think I'm in the minority because I actually prefer metal needles. Anyone got any experience with this?
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2003 03:32:05 PM »

I tried to follow your link, but was not able to...  kept coming up "Cannot find page".  :-/  

When I messed around with making my own bamboo knitting needles before, they looked really pretty, but the points never seemed to be smooth enough, and would sometimes catch the yarn.  I eventually covered the tips with glue and tissue paper, and then laquered the whole thing pretty heavily.  They didn't catch after that.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2003 05:25:21 AM »

I made needles like these but I didn't paint them and I didn't even sand them.  I just used a pencil sharpener on one end then I put Burt's Bees hand salve on the tip which the wood absorded.  Then I used a wood craft ball, drilled a little into it with the a drill bit a little bigger than the dowel and put wood glue in the the hole and put the dowel rod in it.  I have also seen people use Fimo clay (the kind that you bake to make hard) make a little ball then put the dowel to make the  hole and then bake it.   I made a chunky scarf using these, they worked well but I wouldn't suggest them for any complex projects. Wink
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2003 05:59:26 AM »

Oh and here's a link to quidnunc.org's version of these needles

http://quidnunc.org/needles.html
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2003 06:57:22 AM »

Simone wrote:
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And it seems pretty easy. . . . I like the idea of giving them as gifts esp. to non-knitters and making up a little how-to kit (w/ simple instructions and some practice yarn). It's cheap and very thoughtful. . . but I'm just wondering if it's actually pleasant to knit with these kinds of needles. I like bamboo needles, but I think I'm in the minority because I actually prefer metal needles. Anyone got any experience with this?
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I prefer slick metal needles, too, but for teaching someone to knit, you might have more luck using something a little "sticky," so that beginners won't lose stitches as easily...
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2003 02:51:53 PM »

I just learned to knit a week ago with chopsticks. And it was/is taking forever! So I needed something bigger and couldnt wait. Found a broken plastic coat hanger and made needles from it. Just scored it with an exacto and broke it into two pieces. And this is where a bench griner came in handy to make nice points.  Im happy. But then, I havent used real needles since I was a little girl. Hmm...

Why are those ends of needles anyway? Just to keep your work on?

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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2003 09:19:41 PM »

Yeah - the ends keep your work from falling off into the great unknown-
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