View Full Version : What to do with extra dpns?

Vermilion Sparrow
03-09-2006, 02:26 PM
I like to use aluminum dpns. I also like to use 5 dpns at once. Unfortunately, the nice slippery ones (I'm a bit of a tight knitter :oops: ) only seem to come in sets of 4, so I always end up buying 2 sets.

So... uhh... any suggestions for what to do with 3 extra dpns? ::feels stupid:: :oops:

03-09-2006, 02:27 PM
ummm...be happy that you have replacements for when the couch monster eats one of the other five? :rollseyes: :rofling:

Vermilion Sparrow
03-09-2006, 02:34 PM
My primary concern is storage space... I'm running out of pockets in my needle-folder-thingy.

I suppose I'll just have to find a way to spring for a bigger one...

My Superpower: Being able to justify any expense. :D

03-09-2006, 03:01 PM
I'm not going to admit to how many sets of 3.25 mm dpns I have! :oops: But what I will often do is leave a sock finished up to the grafting on a pair of dpns. I will then knit up the next sock, and graft both socks at the same time. I started doing this before I learned how to do the kitchener stitch, and would use various methods to close the toes... that way they would "match".

Vermilion Sparrow
03-09-2006, 03:09 PM
Hrm. I haven't tried socks ribbing-down yet. Maybe after I finish this pair here... :X:

03-09-2006, 03:36 PM
Put them in strategic spots all over the house, and use them as follows.

PDA stylus
Fingernail Cleaner
Grime Cleaner in tight spots
Phone Dialer when you've just had a manicure

I'm sure you'll think of others.

Vermilion Sparrow
03-09-2006, 04:04 PM
Whaddaya know, I was just complaining the other day about how the Nintendo DS stylus gives me hand cramps. Not sure a tiny aluminum dpn would be better...

But I'm surprised I didn't think of fingernail-cleaning before. I'm obsessive about clean fingernails. In fact, I think I'll clean them right now.

03-09-2006, 04:33 PM
:lol: Our Universal Remote Control in the living room never works, so I always use the Clie Remote on my Sony Clie PDA. Most of the time, I'm knitting while I watch TV, so I just use my knitting needle to change channels on the PDA. It's easier than setting everything down to get out the stylus!

03-09-2006, 08:22 PM
When making a baby sweater. I used extra dpn's to hold the first part of the work while I did the rest. I put the little point covers on each end and the work stayed on nicely.

03-09-2006, 11:21 PM
I agree...they make great stitch holders :thumbsup:

Also...if you want extra needles but don't need a full set, Carol ( www.taraknit.com ) usually has partial sets in stock (reuse! recycle!). :D

03-09-2006, 11:49 PM
I always grab a dpn for a cable needle; and since the one I grab always ends up disappearing, I keep several more handy for the next cable. ;)

03-10-2006, 01:48 AM
You could send me your extra dpns, I just finished my first hat with them and I'm addicted (but my budget can't afford a set in every size at the moment). :D

03-10-2006, 03:25 PM
That's a fun list Carolina Red!

Yeah I do that too what Ingrid does, use it for a cable needle. I don't like the one I have with that bent thingin the middle and a wooden one really works nicely!

Also, I use them to hold my hair up... :D

03-10-2006, 06:05 PM
Get a short vase and make a "bouquet" of needles with your extras. Or give them to your kids to play pick up sticks. They get as many points as the size they are :D

03-10-2006, 06:20 PM
I don't have any extras but some days I wish I did.. I hate having to tear the house apart looking for that one lost needle to have dh pull it out of my pony tail... :rollseyes: or knitting bag cause why would it be there? :?? or out of the skein of yarn I'm working on... I'm always losing my dpns LOL... You could get one of those plastic boxes that holds pens or pencils for the dpns the box doesn't take up much room and you would have them handy.. I say hold on to them :D

03-10-2006, 06:45 PM
Use the extras to keep your chip bags closed. Stick a couple of holes in the folded over bag and slide your needle through.
You could also use them in the garden with little signs on top to mark your flower or veggie rows. Then there is the kids game "pick up needles". Might make a neato horderve/ fondue kabab too.

But I think the best use was in a Knitty Gritty episode I saw not long ago. The pattern was knitting over a shoe ( to make a shoe look like a knit boot) - it required 20 same size dpns! Hows that for extras?? :shock:

03-10-2006, 09:10 PM
letter opener

there is a website where you can sell used knitting needles I can't remember what it is

03-11-2006, 12:20 AM
that would be my site www.taraknit.com!


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