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.