Well... as you can see. he bamboo knitting needle. As you can see from behind me it was hers and she's not impressed! Thanks to Mmario's idea, Shish cabob sticks here I come!
I love my Addi circulars! Once I tried them, I didn't want to go back to wood or plastic.
I busted a circular needle the other week... not sure if it was the quality of the needle or the tension of the knitting, I suspect it was my tension. Anything in my hands I tend to grip pretty hard... am currently doing an aran sweater and after doing the patterned side, the wool and needles squeak ...
A good idea about recycling the needles as kebab(Australian spelling) kebap(Turkish spelling) sticks
Go for it on the shish kabob sticks. I bought a package of like 100 for a buck and sized them for number six and put tips on them with a disk sander and fine paper. I made a few extras and, and I keep a fingernail file handy for some fine tuning of the tips, but I am half the way through a pair of socks with them and they are great. It takes a while to get them worn smooth enough, but I was pretty happy by the time I had three inches of ribbing done. I've made crochet hooks for folks for years, so I got brave and made some DPNs for me and it went pretty well. The learning curve on tip shape is not so bad as one might think. Give it a try.
Bamboo needles and bamboo skewers are pretty cheap. You always need to have several sets -- just in case.
Sand the skewers with a find sandpaper, and then rub them with waxed paper. That gives them a nice smooth finish. I have often rubbed some of my hand-made wooden needles with a bit of oil before the wax and that gives them a bit of colour too.
Replying to both Tallguy and Old John - Good pointers on the needles. I made a whole bunch for a class I gave for school kids. Tips really aren't too tricky but the sanding! Still, I just sat myself down and set up a rhythm (just like spinning) and got through them fairly quick. Rubbing them down with mineral oil helped find the rough spots and made them easy to knit with. I shall probably make more in the future, just not 24 pairs. Lots of luck. Keep up the great knitting. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.
LOL. You know, I kept wondering as my needles have bent from time to time if this would actually happen--now I know!
“Now, let us all take a deep breath and
forge on into the future;
knitting at the ready.” -- E. Zimmerman
Congratulations! I sometimes confer the blessing of "Break a needle" onto my fellow knitters for luck- you're the first one to actually do it!
Ah Kerry, only a minor set back, unclench thy teeth and press on, you are doing great even if the marriage boat is slightly rocky, think of the smiles you will get with the first pair of socks you present her with!!!!!!
Congratulations! You're now the proud owner of a pair of matching cable needles!
"Midnight shakes the memory as a madman shakes a dead geranium."
Whoops! Kerry, I invested in a set of the Inox metal sock needles in a couple or 3 sizes and I am still using the first and only sets I ever bought. If they bend a bit they can be rolled on a counter top and pretty much straightened out but I've never broken one. I like the way the yarn moves across them, too. I've used bamboo and wood and like them for some things but really like my steel sock needles. Might want to give it some thought. I don't know what the cost of them is now, but it will be the last set you'll buy in that size, unless you lose them!
Has anyone mentioned yet that the "death grip" isn't necessary for knitting? *grin*
you can get decent & cheap needles on ebay from:
if that link doesn't work do a search for bamboo importers.
the full set of sizes 1-11 for $20.
I've bought lots of their needles. I usually give them a coat of clear nailpolish.
Yes...good bamboo needles like Chia Goo and Crystal Palace are better...because they're pressure treated with resin...but they're much more expensive.
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