As you can see in this pic, broken DPN's were salvaged to become VERY short needles to hold 3 or 4 stitches each while knitting the fingers on gloves. These short ones make it much easier to keep an eye from getting poked out, or getting long tips snagged elsewhere on the glove. Keeping them in the M&M candies tube means I don't have to rummage around trying to find them all. Besides, who sez all your needles gotta be the exact same length?
And yes, I did make all of these in the pic. The thin ones vertically on top of the wooden ones are actually pieces of metal coat hanger, clipped to size with pliers and points filed... they make nice US#1 size. Did I mention I'm a cheap S.O.B.?
If you break a needle, whether plastic, wood or bamboo... DON"T throw it away. Those short pieces, when sharpened at both ends, become great little double-points for knitting the fingers on gloves. Then you'll be wrestling with a hedge-hog instead of a porcupine. I have had my share of experience with snapping needles in half, or even just the first two inches off the tip.
Since I'm a cheap S.O.B. I also came up with a cheap way to store my Lilliputian DPN's. Plastic M&M candy containers keep my short DPN's corralled, as well as straight pins, sewing needles, safety pins, and who knows when I may need a snack while knitting (melts in your mouth, not in your hand) that won't make a mess. I'll put a pic in the gallery and you'll get to see what I mean.
I want to replace my plastic cable needles with a set of wooden needles in the 3 sizes. I've searched all over but I can't seem to find them. I saw a set of Brittany wooden cable needles on ebay once but I can't find them anywhere else. Can anyone help me with this, thanks?
Some of the Straight needles I have made... pieces of craft store wooden dowels, cut to length, sharpened in a pencil sharpener, sanded smooth, with beads glued on. The smaller diameters on the right started out as bamboo skewers, sanded smooth, with beads glued on. All were rubbed with wax paper for a natural finish. As you can see, the needles on the left have craft store small spools for heads, all the others use beads from thrift store costume jewelry. I have been selling these, and giving them to people whom I have taught basic knitting.
Weekly Topic #4
Tell us about your stick(s)! What type of needles do you prefer and why? Metal, wood, bamboo, etc. Also, thoughts on how to keep them organized! My DPN's are everywhere!!!!
Happy New Year too all!
I've been a lurker for a while and thought I should post something... I've been knitting for over 20 years, taught myself in college from a book.
I'm currently working on a cable sweater in alpaca/silk/wool from Knitpicks. I already made one sweater with this yarn and just had to have more!!
I just finished a sweater in hemp/wool for a book due out sometime next year.
I also have a t-shirt sweater in cotton and a long sock scarf going in the sidelines.
If any of you guys in the Atlanta area are looking for a group to knit with, check out the Atlanta Stitch-n-bitch group in Yahoo groups. We meet several places around town and there are 4 of us (men) who regularly attend. We are trying to get more men to join us.
For those who like to knit bi-lingually, here is a great page for translations of knitting terms. The languages are English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Out of necessity and lack of money, when I got interested in knitting back in 2001 I started making my own knitting equipment. Also because I'm a cheap bastard and don't believe in investing a lot into something I might not like. If I can do it, so can you.
First I started with coat hangers, the kind that always seems to collect at the bottom of the closet. Cut to length with pliers and the ends filed to shape, most turn out to be nice US#1 DPN's. The larger diameter plastic ones seem to have a lot of air bubbles inside, so they can be a little frustrating if you want the point exactly in the center like "store-bought" needles.
i knitted this hat with a similar pattern to the previously posted mittens. i like this color combination a lot better (though it doesn't show too well in the picture). i can't decide if i want to keep it or give it away....what do ya'll think?
Since I will be out of town and south of Darrel starting Friday I wanted to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year for 2006!! Costa Rica here we come!!