The supplies for this project are pretty simple (and inexpensive, thank goodness!) I picked up 1 quarter inch wooden dowel at my local home improvement store.
I also had the following on hand:
- Kitchen Shears/Pruning Shears
- Sandpaper (steel wool or even a green scrubby from your dish rack will work)
- Pencil Sharpener
- Kids Watercolors or food coloring
- Beeswax or Olive Oil
Let's Get Started!
First, using either kitchen shears or pruning shears snap your dowel into 7 inch pieces. I was able to get 6 equal length pieces and used the leftovers to make a cable needle.
Now, for the fun part! Grab your watercolors and kids and let them go to town. As you can see, my supply of water colors was very low, so I supplemented from my stash of food coloring.
non-toxic wood wax recipe from Amber Dusick. It was easy to make, and I just buffed it in with a paper towel. I continued buffing until absolutely no color came off onto my towel. If your kids are a bit older, they can help with this part, as the wax is all natural.
Now all that's left to do is to curl up on the couch with some yummy knitting. I cannot say enough how warm and fuzzy these knitting needles make me feel! Just knitting with them reminds of the fun we had making them. The needles are smooth enough that I find myself reaching for them just as much as my bamboo clover DPNs, but still grippy enough that I can also use them for straight knitting without worry of anything falling off.
And that tiny cable needle is my absolute new favorite-- it's small enough that I can hold it in my free fingers so it's always there when I need to cable.
Please do let me know if you all try this-- I'm absolutely thrilled with the result. And if you have a mom that knits-- how fun would it be to get these needles with some kid-dyed yarn? You could even wrap it up in an fun crushed tomato can!
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