Making our own knitting needles was surprisingly easy. Aria and I each made our own set. Following this tutorial, we used 12″ long 1/4″ thick birch dowel rods (found here) and a small, handheld pencil sharpener to create the tip of the needles, taking care to make both needles in a set the same length. We then sanded down the too-sharp points until they were curved and soft and smooth. We glued, using wood glue, 3/4″ wooden dowel caps onto the other end and let them dry overnight. The next day we added a coat of beeswax polish (recipe for similar here) and voila! a lovely set of US size 10 (6mm) straight needles.
Next up: Knitting!