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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2004 10:45:02 PM »

you can use a gauge to find dowels just the right size! weeee! *runs to the lumber yard*

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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2004 03:22:11 PM »

this is so cool!  i'm going to make some!  yay!
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2004 07:56:20 PM »

I made 5 pairs of knitting needles for about $7! They were so easy you'll wonder why you're charged about $8 a pair in stores. I'm totally in love with mine. (click for larger image)

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How I made em for those who wanted a tutorial....
You need:
dowel rods
makeup perncil sharpener
fine sandpaper
Wax paper
Sculpy (or Fimo or something to put on the ends of the needles)

1) Cut dowel rods into two equal lengths. 12 inches is normal. I used 14 inches because I like long needles. Handsaws and clamps are great for this part.

2)Sharpen your dowel rods with your pencil sharpener. It will work! Dowel rods are evidently about the same hardness of wood that pencils are, so don't be afraid.

3) Sand the points lightly and sand around them. Also sand that ridge that the pencil sharpener left. Now sand the body on the needle. Sand, sand, sand. It'll make the difference of whether you like your homemade needles or not.

4) Wax paper? What to do with that? Rub the wax paper all over your needles, esspecially the tip. I was afraid that a paint, dye, or enamle would chip off or stain my hands or the yarn, so I needed something to smooth the sanded needles further. The wax paper is key. Heck, use it on your bamboo needles too! It's just so cheap and works impressively well.

5) Fun time! Make things to put on the end on the needles and attach them. Mine ends are made of sculpy that's bee super glued to the needle and painted with clear nail polish for shine and protection.

6) when glue/paint/nail polish dries.... knit away!
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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2004 03:32:10 PM »

WOW!! Those are soooooo awesome!!! I'm teaching a good freind of mine to knit.....that'd be a GRRRRREAT present for her. Can you tell me how to make 'em?
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2004 05:59:09 PM »

Breezy.... the directions are right above..posted by Ice.

I made my first needles tonight... a set of five size 7 double pointed needles. i needed them quickly so i just sharpened them, sanded and then waxed them...

i found it  good to use an actual candle to rub on the dowels before using the wax paper.. if u break a tealight candle in half theres a hole from the wick that the stick fits into nicely...

but definitely make sure u rub off all the wax before knitting, i ended up leaving some white wax on my black yarn...no good...


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« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2005 07:12:09 PM »

You can buy a needle gauger at a craft store (has holes with the mm size and US needle size) and take it to the store with you.  It makes a handy reference and they're pretty inexpensive. 

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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2005 05:52:03 AM »

its ok, dont feel stupid!! it is a cool concept ha??

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