Thursday, January 26, 2006

we can't call it a "stitch & bitch"

i think i mentioned a little while ago that i was starting a "knitting club" at the school i work at. well, i decided to take an idea i saw in this book and have the kids make their own knitting needles.
they made these

i altered the instructions just a wee bit: instead of using dowling, we just used wooden chopsticks instead. much cheaper ($1 for a pack of 40 sets!!) and it saved the trouble of having to saw them to the correct length. the only trouble is that even after sanding and oiling, the yarn doesn't "slide" off the needles as easily as i would like. the kids don't seem to mind though. and the length of the needles is PERFECT! regular sized ones are really unwieldy for smaller ones to use comfortably. and all they needed to do was use a pencil sharpener to make the ends pointy.

fun, cheap, and diy. it doesn't get much better than that!

10 comments:

Sharp Lily said...

Great idea!

jen said...

that looks like such a fun project! i'm sure the kids will enjoy knitting more on needles they made.

i once made a set of needles out of bamboo skewers (like for kabobs) when i didn't have needles small enough for what i wanted to do. fun, but the bamboo kept splintering despite being sanded. chopsticks sounds like a perfect "raw material."

by the way, last night i lost a necklace i made :( very sad. so i'm hoping that the necklace you made me comes today to cheer me up and compensate a bit for the one i lost.

vania said...

great idea, i can't wait to here how you're group is doing. when i started my group, we went around and asked some key stores for some yarn donations. some were very happy to help. email me if you would like some suggestions!

tania said...

how great!! why weren't you my teacher?

Aimee "Roo" said...

what a fun idea! and totally thrifty too, chopsticks are so cheap.

maybe if you varnished them the yarn would slide more? just a thought. :)

vania said...

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Aimee "Roo" said...

ok, i thought the name problem was just because of the school. i can't believe what is going on with the stitch and bitch name! how can they hope to get away with that? it's as bad as paris hilton trying to trademark "that's hot".

michelleknits said...

Those are really cool knitting needles! I bet the kids are really loving you! Reading your post makes me miss my students (I just stopped teaching this week, and I really enjoyed teaching some of them to knit before I left).

michelleknits said...

Gosh, I just looked at your profile -- I loooove the up series!!! Isn't the latest one coming out this year??

Anonymous said...

just a tip. if you want it to slide like normal knitting needles. try waxing it. use your normal candles. rub the stick vigorously onto the candles and bits of the wax would stick to it for sure.

ive done it and it works great :)

keep on being a great teacher