Lucky for me (and my mental health crafting) knitting is very portable. I've mentioned before how I just hadn't jumped in to patterns yet. Well, cross that off my list of things to learn! I've been working it out with small, useful projects. Just dish rags so far but I'm doing it! I've tried 3 different ones and they are official patterns. (here are my Ravelry notes )
Browsing Ravelry will quickly make you realize that you need a LOT of different needle sizes. (I'm using US10 needles instead of 7's on these dish rags.) Being an "I can make that" sort of girl I did just that... I made knitting needles. Want to make some too? Here ya go.
- Assorted dowel pack. Mine came from Michael's and is an assorted box of 50. You could also head to a lumber store for the specific dowel size you need. (but take your gauge thingy with you!) I'm a beginner so I need lots of sizes.
- Dowel caps or any type of end decoration. Buttons, clay, beads, etc.
- Pencil sharpener
- Your knit gauge/ needle size thingy
- Sandpaper. I used 150 grit, 220 grit, and 320 grit.
- Wood finish. I used boiled linseed oil. You can also use beeswax, a mixture of an oil and beeswax, or any type of wood varnish.
Using your gauge/needle sizer choose the dowel that will fit your needs.
Take your trusty pencil sharpener and sharpen one (or two for double points) end of your dowel. Try to get this point as smooth as possible.
Sand sand and more sand. I started with 150 grit and worked my way to the finest 320 grit. Try and get your dowel and the point as smooth as possible before moving on to the next grit. This part is really amazing. It becomes so buttery and wonderful. That's when you know you're almost finished sanding.
|Here is my lovely 6yr old assistant making his very own knitting needles!|
Attach your dowel cap, button or bead to the end. I used dowel caps and wood glue. I plan to try and make clay beads for some next. (If your dowel cap has any rough edges - you should knock those off with the sandpaper also.)
|I was able to make all of these for close to the cost of ONE |
set of wooden needles at my local craft store
|Look how pretty they are!|
Step Five will come in Part Two - the finishing. *Full disclosure* I haven't actually finished mine yet. With all the craziness this month that has been put on the back burner. I have used them already though! I finished up the Pixie Hat from last post with the double pointed US13's. Even without the finish they were a breeze to knit with. (it's all about the sanding)
There you have Part One of making your own knitting needles. It's really a simple process and the results are beautiful so stay tuned for Part Two. I think we'll also do a needle roll/storage tutorial soon.
I'm yarning along with Ginny at Small Things today which means I need to tell you what I'm reading also. I'm still slowly going through Organized Simplicity on my nook. I really love the idea of living intentionally and we are having one of those massive 10 yr spring clean and go through everything kind of seasons at the moment. This book is pretty perfect for that.
Have a crafty day!