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« Reply #360 on: November 17, 2007 07:57:50 PM »

I think that the techniques are described on this thread.
« Reply #361 on: November 21, 2007 04:57:47 PM »

Very cute idea!

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« Reply #362 on: November 23, 2007 08:27:24 AM »

Hello to all, I have a question . How do you make size o and size oooo. I use that size alot in my knitting. Thanks.Ilove the idea of making your own. Thank you. Smiley
« Reply #363 on: November 24, 2007 04:05:28 AM »

However thick you want your needles to be is the thickness of the dowel that you want to use. Those sizes are tiny right? Do those sizes even come in wooden needles or only metal? It seems like they would snap immediately. If they are normally sold in wood as well as metal versions, it might have a treatment to keep it intact? Or a particular kind of wood?
Look at commercially available ones. If they come in wood versions, what wood are they made from? It might be that other woods don't hold up so you could consider using the same wood.
Long toothpicks/bamboo skewers might be the size you want?

But I really think you might as well buy some that won't break. You say you use them often so don't you already have those sizes?

But, the short answer to your question is get some wood or bamboo in the same thickness as 0000 needles and sharpen the ends. Isn't that about 1.25 mm or something? Let us know how they turn out.

« Reply #364 on: November 25, 2007 02:13:53 PM »

Thank you red witch for response.Yes ido use 0needle alot .iwas asking because we can not find that size in India. I have  towait till my love ones send the new one. The metal one looses the point after few uses. Yes if i try something i will definate post here. Thanks again. Smiley
« Reply #365 on: November 26, 2007 09:53:43 PM »

I see. If the metal ones get blunt quickly the wooden ones will do the same, even more quickly. But the advantage of wood is that you can sharpen it to get the kind of point you like, you can't do that with metal needles...
What metal ones are you using?  A good quality brand? If so they should keep the tip. I really like the Knitpicks ones, they are quite pointy.
If you want, you could post asking someone to send you the needles if you pay (Knitpicks needles can be ordered to my country, so I could order them and send them to you if you like).
Do you have access to that thickness of wood? If so, you might not mind their bendiness/ breakiness as they would only take a few minutes to make. I would suggest getting several thicknesses of sandpaper, one quite coarse and one very fine/smooth, one or two in between, then it would only be a few minutes' work to replace a needle.

« Reply #366 on: November 29, 2007 02:28:06 PM »

Thank you.
I will keep that in mind.Thank you so much. Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
« Reply #367 on: November 29, 2007 11:36:21 PM »

Here are some of mine!

and an individual pair.

They did great at a craft fair.

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« Reply #368 on: December 11, 2007 12:56:34 PM »

you know i thought about doing that and i'm glad someone has tried it out and says it works!now i'll definitely try it!

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« Reply #369 on: December 13, 2007 09:46:12 AM »

 I am so excited!  I have about 10 pairs in my kitchen drawer, and this idea would be cute to give as a gift for someone who wanted to learn how to knit!  YAY!

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