March 26, 2002
Homemade Knitting Needles! After
Homemade Knitting Needles!
After reading about and seeing some cool needles out there, I thought, "Hey, I could make some needles..." I figured I'd use dowels
sanded down and some beads on the end. Then, serendipitously I went to the library and stumbled across Kids Knitting by
Melanie Falick (Artisan Press, 1998). In it, she describes much the same process that
HREF="http://megan.scatterbrain.org/notmartha/">not martha links to. It's so easy! Done in under an hour. I'm going to do this as
a project with my knitting group this week.
First you chop the dowels to size -- I made them about 12" as the dowels were 3 feet long. I bought two sizes of dowels -- some
approximately 5mm (size 8's) and some about 6mm (size 10's). Then sharpen them in the pencil sharpener until they're like dull pencils.
After that, a bit of sanding with fine grit sandpaper.
To make the tops, I made little beads with fimo. (I was having such fun with the fimo, that I ended up making some buttons too. I'll
get them up here eventually.) I gently poked the sticks into the beads and baked them for 20 minutes or so. After the baking, I let them
cool a bit, slipped the beads off and applied some lemon oil to the needles. Then I superglued the beads on. Voila! I think I'll try
to make some little heads for my next set.