Table of Contents


Brief History of Spinning

Handspinning - Why?

Wool and Other Fibres for Handspinners

Preparing Wool for Handspinning

Thoughts on Learning to Spin

Basic Rules for Spinning with a Flyer Wheel

Spinning Wheels

How Flyer Wheels Work

Choosing a Spinning Wheel

Buying a Spinning Wheel

Indian Book or Box Charkha


Introduction to Handspindles

Spindle Reviews

Tips and Tricks for Spindle Spinning

Building Your Own


Lazy Kate

Knitting Needles





Links - Handspinning on the Web



Life on the Farm


Address and legal information

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How to Make Your Own Knitting Needles

Straight Needles

Straight needles are just spindle shafts without whorls ;-) Seriously - dowels (preferably hardwood) just need to be cut to the desired length, one or two tips (cut and/or filed and sanded) and a bit of sanding to become knitting needles. As I generally knit handspun wool which still has a bit of grease in it, I don't polish the needles before use - the wool grease does it for me. But that shouldn't stop you, if you want to put in a bit of extra work.

By the way, the fastest way to sand/polish a dowel is by clamping it into a cheap cordless drill/screwdriver (the cordless ones can stand on a work surface, they are slower and not so powerful - especially the cheap ones, and especially when the battery is low, which might be a good idea for your first try). Don't clamp too hard (you don't want to mark the wood). Start with low settings all around (low force, slow speed - make sure percussion is switched OFF), watch out where you point the tip and don't burn the sandpaper (just hold it LIGHLY against the wood) or your fingers. Again, I did it without harming myself or the material, but YOU are responsible for YOUR actions.

Straight, Square Needles

I haven't built them, but the principle rests the same (except for the power drill polishing!). So, if you want some (apparantly they are beneficial in some cases of joint/tendon problems), just get dowels with a square cross section from the hardware store, put points on them and round off the edges a bit.

Circular Needles

Rosemary has written an exellent tutorial on the subject. You can find it on Rosemary's blog or in the Knitter's Review how-to section.

Page updated: 07 April 2007