I'm back! Can I ask how all of you are stringing the beads onto the yarn. I've made one, and I went w/o beads after I struggled for 10 minutes and had only got 1 bead on board. I would love to make one to "gift" and actually use the beads.
I made myself a makeshift needle using super thin craft wire. I don't know what gauge wire it was but it was really thin. I made a 4cm long loop, then twisted lightly another 4cm length of wire for the needle part. I slid the yarn through and voila a flexible thin needle. Another option is to go to the toothbrush and flossing part of the supermarket/drugstore and pick up the floss threaders used for people with braces.