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Homeschooling: Adventures in Wool – Making Our Own Knitting Needles

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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!


Author: moogielight

I'm a stay-at-home homebirthing, VBACing, breastfeeding mama, advocate and sometimes artist, sometimes web designer. We are located on the East Coast (but long for the West Coast) where we try to live simply, playing with natural toys, eating organic, vegetarian foods and using our imaginations and creativity as much as possible. I knit and I'm in the process of learning to sew so I can make (or at least attempt to make) many of the items we need and use and want to surround us.

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