Make your own equipment... cheap !!

Hey all,

 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.

 When I did get a few coins together, I went shopping. Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores have yarn, needles, crochet hooks, and some pretty good deals if you watch for the sale days. When I checked into the craft stores... I got sticker shock, $5.99 for a pair of needles!! Just a few feet away were birch wood dowel rods in many diameters starting at 19 cents per 3 foot length. A little work with a saw, pencil sharpener and sand-paper, glue and beads, and my supply of hand-made wooden knitting needles and hand-whittled crochet hooks soon needed a storage idea. My old ripped jeans quickly became shorts in order to provide material for a roll-up needle case, and an empty plastic kitty-litter bucket (with lid and carry handle) toted supplies from room to room as I taught myself to knit.

 This is probably starting to become an article instead of a post, so I'll stop for now. If anybody is interested in more ramblings of mine, or if you want pix and some sort of "column", let me know.


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A fantastic way of recykling and preserving nature. I will try the woodneedles, it sounds fun to make them and fun to say that I've knitted my sweater on needles that I have made my self!

Several years ago, for fun, (and having a lot of free time on my hands that summer) I whittled a set of five oak double-point knitting needles. Fitted the needles through a US # 5 hole in my Susan Bates Needle Guide. Made a few pairs of coarse socks on them and think they are the greatest. There was quite a bit of satisfaction in the experiment. But I think I would not care to do the whittling again. It occupied my spare time for the better part of a summer and that seemed excessive to me.

Hi Keith,
You are really resourseful, that's great. It's amazing what we come up when the cash is not flowing.
Don't be silly ofcourse we want to see pictures of your creations. I'm sure that you will get a lot of compliments.

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

I guess that it goes to show... even though we knit, we are still men and therefore prone to "MacGyver" the tools we need in order to save a buck here and there. :)   Fortunately for my wallet, when my mother died, I got all her knitting stuff... well then again, now I need a bigger appartment to store it all :)  can't win them all hey?