how to...make knitting needles.

Need a gift for a knitty friend?

Why not make them some custom knitting needles...with your own two hands.

It's easy...you can do it.
Promise.
You will need...
two dowel rods cut to 13in each
(your choice of width-can be shorter or longer also-depends on the knitter)
at least two big buttons...more if you like...you can't have too many.
super glue
tacky glue
pencil sharpener
sandpaper(nail file works well)
white candle
Start by sharpening one end of each needle with your sharpener.
Sand down the rough and too sharp parts with your sandpaper.
(If you want to paint these you can but do it before you go on to the next step).
Stack your buttons like so...biggest on the bottom...glue them together with super glue.
Put a dab of glue on the non sharp end of your dowel, place buttons on...
big one closest to the dowel.
Then put a dab of glue on the top of the button stack...
Like so.
The glue will melt down into the button holes and hold it all together nicely.
They are cute already huh?
Thread spools make nice holders while your glue dries.
If your dowel is not all that smooth...you can rub it down with the wax from your candle...this will make it all smooth and nice like. :)
Ta-da!
Pair them with some of your favorite yarn and you have yourself a great gift to give!

Want to win the pair we just made...along with this yellow, green and blue cotton?

Leave a comment on this post and I will choose a winner on Friday!

xo
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21 comments:

Shaun said...

Would these be good for a beginner? I'm dying to teach myself! What a beautiful way to learn!

emily said...

so cute! what a fun and "easy" idea for a thoughtful gift.

Amanda said...

So cute and creative! I love the way your brain works :)

Sarah said...

I love these! They turned out adorable!

Solstice Mama said...

Really cute gift idea! I have someone in mind and will be making these.
Thanks!

Molly said...

Cute!!! My mom knits, that would be a great Christmas gift for me to make her. Hope you have a happy Tuesday!!
~Molly P

Amanda said...

You are SOO creative!!! I love it!

sara's art house said...

What a cute idea!

la belle fille said...

What a great idea, and thank you for sharing!! They look awesome!!

MegaMom9 said...

I never would have thought of making them! Cute project :)

Tiffany said...

You come up with the cutest ideas! I would love to win those needles and yarn; learning to knit has been a goal of mine for a couple of years now!

gtm said...

wow, I have to try this. thanks for sharing! It would be great to win what you made too =)

Lindsay said...

crystal, you never fail to come up with the cutest projects. thanks for saring :)

kjspy said...

A girl can never have too much yarn, too many needles. Love blue & green. Love the wax idea. Thanks!

Cindy Hersman said...

Clever Crystal - I love it!

madsmomma said...

What a great idea!

Kim said...

They look so easy to make - how creative! Thanks for a great giveaway - would love to win!
kimberlybreid@hotmail.com

JoyB said...

What a great idea. I have a gift to make for a swap and I think these would be perfect. Hugs. JoyB

Heather K said...

Really innovative!! I love the buttons on the end!
Smiles, HeatherK

Kelly said...

These are so easy and cute! This would be adorable with simple buttons, or flashy ones. Thanks for posting this, it made me smile & the way this day is going, I needed that! :-)

Linda said...

What a fabulous idea to pair with a ball of handspun for a gift! I wonder if there's a source for bamboo dowels--wouldn't that be pretty?

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