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« Reply #380 on: January 28, 2008 10:04:24 AM »

Wow what a great thread! Sorry for such a noobie question, but I'm just a tad confused-aren't chopsticks tapered? Do you sand down the whole thing so it's even? Thanks!
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« Reply #381 on: January 28, 2008 11:04:16 AM »

Wow what a great thread! Sorry for such a noobie question, but I'm just a tad confused-aren't chopsticks tapered? Do you sand down the whole thing so it's even? Thanks!
Yes they are but they typically have blunt ends and knitting needles have pointy ends.
You can hand sand them down but that takes forever.
I've used both a regular pencil sharpener and an electric to sharpen them and then sand the end down just a bit so I don't stab myself with them. Smiley
then just rub them down with oil or wax paper after sanding the whole thing. Smiley

Has anyone tried those squared chopsticks? I bought a package of them at Bi-lo and really want to make them into knitting needles. Smiley Will they fit in the sharpener or do I need to get a different sharpener?
« Reply #382 on: February 02, 2008 09:51:26 PM »

this seems like a awesome present idea for someone who knits! now i just need to convince a friend to learn to knit so not only i would enjoy something like this! lol super kewl!
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« Reply #383 on: February 19, 2008 06:22:14 PM »

wow very nice, i might try that next time, maybe paint it so it looks like #2 pencils or somehow attach (screws? or glue) to resemble the tips of a fork or spoon or some other ordinary things.
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« Reply #384 on: February 20, 2008 03:07:55 AM »

Oh, yes, the classic yellow #2 pencil would be cute. If the size were close to an actual pencil, you wouldn't have to make a topper for the end, just use those sort of triangular-ish erasers you can buy to use when the pencil's eraser runs out. Assuming they still make those; I've been out of school a long time.

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« Reply #385 on: February 22, 2008 11:27:35 AM »

OK, well I am IN! Got some prerolled bead design sticks from the goodwill store today (by accident)
The dremel was going a bit too slow...what ARE these chopsticks made out of?? Teakwood? it's HARD WOOD!
So, since it's 19* F outside, I drug in my table top grinder and went to town! oh myyy, how I am going to LOVE  "knitting noodles" on these!
they will either be 6 or 6.5, we'll see,butthe point I can make on them will be great for me, since I am a new knitter!
Can't wait to play with the sculpy ends, and what ever else I try, buttons, bottlecaps, who knows? Found some pretty polished rocks last night
Think Liquid nails is a bit over the edge? well start with the toughest and move 'backwards'
If they weren't so pretty I'd paint them, bu ohh, I do have some plans for DPN's and some painted, and some rare and hard to find (smoothe, key word) woods!
Thanks so much for the ideas!
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« Reply #386 on: April 16, 2008 02:33:03 PM »

what a good idea!!!

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« Reply #387 on: April 19, 2008 08:52:57 AM »

Awsome tutorial!  I love making knitting needles now, but i never would have even thought about it if I hadn't seen this!  Here are a few pairs a made recently:

Oak needles, size burned into the side (8mm, US 11) with fimo clay ends with flowers sculpted and painted on.

Oak needles, size burned into the side (10mm, US 15) with fimo clay skulls on the ends

« Reply #388 on: April 19, 2008 11:53:13 AM »

those look awesome  "KrisCreates" what do you use to burn the size in the wood?


« Reply #389 on: April 23, 2008 06:59:31 AM »

Love this idea. I bought a bunch of different size dowels and have made a couple straight pairs and one circular set so far. I had a mini hot glue gun that I bought at Lowe's for under $4 and it worked really well to secure the cord. I was also able to shape the glue into an upside down cone shape around the cord for the transition from cord to needle. I recommend using this method bc the cord feels very secure and i didnt have to worry about sanding down the wood at the connection- the dried rubber glue has a smooth surface so it works quite well for allowing slipping yarn over.
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