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« on: January 25, 2006 07:17:17 PM »

Ok - I am a Residence Hall Coordinator (I live and work in a 'dorm' at a University) and my residents and RA's  want to start a SnB.  To make it developmental....so I look like I am doing my job...blah, blah, blah, we have a plan.

We want to provide the first set of needles and yarn to those who come - we will teach them to make a simple garter stitch scarf, they give it back to us, and we donate it to a locate non-profit group that helps mothers with diapers, food, clothes, ect.

We want to let them keep thier needles and left over yarn...no problem finding cheap yarn, but bulk needles has proved difficult.  I thought maybe you all might know where to look. 

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2006 07:25:38 PM »

You could try making them from dowels and Fimo.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2006 07:29:35 PM »

the best i can think of beside making ur own is to go to joann's..... they have cheapo needles in their notions bins. i think maybe $2 a pair? that price is for the circs.... straight needles may be even less. good luck, have fun!
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2006 07:31:47 PM »

I don't know about you but my local opshops (thrift stores) have buckets and buckets of knitting needles of all different sizes $1 a pair so maybe check places like that.
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2006 07:37:11 PM »

I've been having the same issues. i've been buying needles for a group home I'm volunteering at, but honestly, even the joannes needles add up. 8 pairs of size 8's still adds up to $16 plus tax. Now when we start going into other sizes it gets more and more expensive. I'm been looking in the thrift stores, but locally I tend to find circs and that's about it. I pick them up whenever I can though. If you find a source, let me know.

I've thought about making them, too, but the time to put into making that many gets to be a bit daunting. I think I'd rather spend the cash to buy them.
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2006 11:48:51 PM »

If you use the coupon code CELEBRATE652 on the Joann.com site you can get any one  item 50% off.  They have knitting needle sets on sale for  $17.95 which you could get for $9 with the coupon.  "candycane swirl stripes in festive colors. Set includes candy striped needles in sizes 8, 9, 10, 11, 13 and 15. Conveniently packaged in a reusable plastic bag. "  They also have  Clover Bamboo needle gift set that consists of a pair of each article 3012 knitting needles in sizes 8, 9, 10, 10-1/2, 11, 13 and 15. Comes with a tapestry-print cotton fabric with black interior and binding with a velcro closure.  It's $40.99 which you could get for $21 with the coupon.

Ebay also sells needles in bulk - usually from estate sales.  You might be able to get some REAL bargains that way.

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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2006 12:19:19 AM »

I don't know where to find needles in bulk, i just wanted to say how cool it is that you're doing this.  I wish they would have done something that neat when i was in living on campus.  So, good initiative!
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2006 12:25:31 AM »

If the Target near you has a $1 section, they have two different sizes of green aluminum knitting needles available (and I think two sizes of bamboo, but they looked kind of splinter-y to me)
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2006 04:52:31 AM »

http://www.taraknits.com/ sells used needles for cheaper than in the store but may still add up to more you than you want to spend.  Undecided

(BTW, I never find any kneedles at thrift stores here. I hate that.)
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2006 06:32:48 AM »

WOW!  All those are such great suggestions.  I am going to start calling around to all the thrift stores in town, check the sites and make a trip to Target at lunch.

I have never made my own but will look into that too.

And if I ever find any in bulk, I will definitely post it.  It seems like others would be into that.

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