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Handspinning

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

Handspindles

Introduction to Handspindles

Spindle Reviews

Tips and Tricks for Spindle Spinning

Building Your Own

Handspindle

Lazy Kate

Knitting Needles

Publications

Introduction

Videos

Books

Links - Handspinning on the Web

Gallery

Glossary

Life on the Farm

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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