View Full Version : Bamboo Skewers..What a Find at Walmart!!!

11-08-2006, 02:51 AM
I just have to share this with you. I'm so excited!! :c) Last Friday my aunt and I went out to lunch and stopped at lowes. I bought a few dowels to make some DPN's with. I've never done it but have seen the video here for it and I thought I would try it. I was a bit disappointed in their sizes but I did get three different ones. Size 3, 8, 15. So after lowes we go to Wal-Mart across the street and I'm looking around in the knitting section while my aunt got some groceries, she finds me and hands me this bag, I was so surprised when I looked at the bag and my aunt was sitting there beaming at me, she doesn't knit but it always thoughtful of that kind of stuff (especially saving money! lol)...well what she handed me was a bag full of bamboo skewers. One end is already pointed and I turned it over, grabbed my needle gauge out of my purse (I always carry it, just never know!) and it shows it had size 3 and size 6 on the back...and not just a few, were talking like 30 of each....60 possible DPN's for, you will never believe this.... .96....that's right.. 96 cents!!! The size 6 comes in 12 inch and the 3 in 10 inches.

I finally just tonight got around to making some, I used the 6 as I already had a project just waiting for me, 12 inches is a bit long, so I cut them down to about 7 inches, shaped the other end with a knife and sanded them..you do need a larger sand paper and then a really fine one and there is no waste either, the parts I cut off I made 4 different size's of cable needles, and they are absolutely perfect in the lengths I wanted. :c)

I tried them out just a row or two and they seem great. I've only ever used the metal ones so wood of any kind is new, I might go out and get a bit smaller sand paper, the video went down to 400 and I think Wal-Mart's smallest was only 220, but they are still working great so far..

So for anyone out there that needs DPN's at the cheapest possible price (besides free...yea, right..lol), go check out your Wal-Mart, they should be in the grocery section and uber cheap. My brand is called "Captain Quackenbush, the seafood specialist". I would like to say that I noticed 1 skewer did have a sort of flat side to it instead of being all the way around, I saved that one but did grab another that was perfectly round. I still think the other would work, especially with just a bit of sanding, but I'll save it for when I get low...now I just need to find all my patterns for in the round and in only two size's!!! LOL

Happy Knitting!
April in SC

11-08-2006, 10:49 AM
That's funny :teehee: But whatever works, and saves money is good for me!

11-08-2006, 07:29 PM
Wow, I find that soooooo funny, and this is why: when I bought my sets of bamboo dpns, my husband asked me why in the world I was knitting with bamboo skewers!! :teehee: Of course I got on his case, but I have to admit that I went to find our skewers (I think we got about 100 from the Dollar Tree over the summer when we would grill outside) and when I started looking at them I thought, hey, I really could use these as needles! :roflhard: I even took out my gauge to see what size they would be, so it's good to know I'm in good company! I just haven't had the nerve to even try to use them, because I don't think I could deal with my husband's comments!! :rofl:

11-08-2006, 09:28 PM
When you start knitting with toothpicks, THEN we will know you have gone off the deep end! :rofl:

11-08-2006, 10:40 PM
Another good cheap/free item to use for needles are chop sticks. Shape the ends and sand them down, and you're ready to go. :happydance:

11-09-2006, 12:23 AM
I use those all the time and keep thinking that they'd make great needles! (I have deep cake pans and they are the best for checking doneness all the way down!) I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking of knitting with anything on hand!


11-09-2006, 11:21 AM
Thats a really good idea. The first time my brother saw me using my DPN's he said, "I didn't know you could knit with chopsticks". I told him if he actually tried using them as chopsticks I'd kill him.

11-09-2006, 11:23 AM
When you start knitting with toothpicks, THEN we will know you have gone off the deep end! :rofl:

Don't be silly. They're much to short for anything but i-cords!


11-09-2006, 11:41 AM
My toothpicks are too splintery anyway. Sanding them would probably make them too brittle.

nadja la claire
11-10-2006, 05:27 PM
I've made #2s and 3s out of bamboo skewers and you can find them at any grocery store. Being in a union and a strong supporter of labor I just can't go to Wal-Mart.

Nadja xxx