On a lighter note today, I just have to share something I tried today.

A few months ago, I snagged a pair of wooden knitting needles–CHEAP!–at an antique shop.

I was thrilled–until I picked a pair to work with a few days ago, and discovered one needle had a chunk missing on its tip. The split-off piece was almost an inch long–yikes!

I wish I’d taken a picture of it, because I had a brainstorm today.

I reshaped the tip–with my electric pencil sharpener!

It worked like a dream. Of course, the tip came out needle-sharp. Fortunately, I have lots of sandpaper on hand, in lots of grits. (I do a lot of sanding with my polymer clay work.) I managed to smooth off the re-cut, and round off the tip nicely. To keep everything even, I did the same to the other needle.

I’ll probably apply a very light coat of tung oil to seal the wood, too.

Haven’t tried them yet, but no reason why this shouldn’t work, right?

I’ll let you know!

P.S. I don’t know if this would work (ha ha! a pun!) with bamboo needles, but if you have a pair that’s already unusable, maybe it’s worth a try.

Refurbished knitting needles, a la electric pencil sharpener!


Filed under art, craft, knitting

6 responses to “AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: Knitting Needle Trick

  1. Jessica Zane

    You are freaking brilliant! Loved it!


  2. Mine are plastic, so I’d hate to think what would happen if I tried that…

    I love the idea though.🙂 I have a soft spot for ingenious problem-solving involving crafts. One of my favorites is using sticker printer paper to make fabric paint stencils for t-shirts. I have two beautiful shirts so far, and I’m working on a third.


  3. PAT

    Yes, Leanne…
    The electric pencil sharpener and sandpaper are some of my favorite tools too! I was making some hair sticks (with polymer ends) and used a pencil sharpener and sandpaper on a dowel for the stick part. After that I antiqued it and put the polymer bead on and was very pleased with the results.
    So good on ya for salvaging the knitting needle…get the point???


  4. I have made myself sets of double pointed needles out of wooden dowels doing just that. When I was at college and wanted to knit, it only took a bit of time in the library where the electric pencil sharpener was, and a bit of time with sandpaper, and I was good to go. It would be fun to do the same with some of the “fancy” wooden dowels that are available like walnut or maple…


  5. Good solution! Rubbing the needles with greaseproof or wax paper is a good way to polish them up to a shine.


  6. Oooo! just what i needed to read! I’m at work and we have an electric sharpener…I’m about to go over with my bamboos😀


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