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.?

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ulf's picture

What a good idea to use short needles!!!

JPaul's picture

I love my short needles!  I should have read your message before I spent $13 on a set!  Maybe you should start selling them, Trucker!

They are a bit limited in their usefulness, mostly suited for small projects like gloves.  I use them for socks, too, even though I've been told they are too small.  They work fine for me.  I'm surprised they aren't easier to find.  One local yarn store told me they didn't know what I was talking about and they had never heard of such a thing.  I don't shop there often.

trucker945's picture

JPaul, since you mentioned it, I find the idea of money in exchange for my handiwork somewhat appealing. In fact, if somebody were to send me a 'donation' along with a request, I do believe such a request could not be ignored. Not that I am advertising, you understand... simply that I would feel morally obligated to honor the request.



did I mention I'm a cheap S.O.B.