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Old 12-10-2009, 05:05 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by katieanne55 View Post
I've used a pen at work to show a coworker how to cable because I didn't have a 3rd needle. My husband, though, has used something much more unusual...One day when he was working at a construction site he used a couple nails and some nylon twine found on the job to knit a keychain on his lunch break!

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Old 12-10-2009, 06:23 PM   #12
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I've used pencils to knit a few times, but they are unhandy and not as slippy as one might think.

As well, on my first ever project, I ran out of yarn on the bind off line, so I used some of the thing you use on packages. That rough thing, I don't know what it is called. Worked well enough.
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stitch holders:

zip ties used for computer and electronics cables. My dh keeps a big bunch of them around and i was working on a sweater but didn't ahve stitch holders on hand.

zip ties work well, but snag the crap outta the yarn.
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Not-so-crazy crazy stuff...
Hi!

I was doing a pattern that called for a section of 1x1 cabling, meaning that you slipped one stitch frontwise, knitted the next, slipped the next to the back, knitted the next, etc. What a pain in the hindparts!

I could have just left the stitch hanging since it was only 1, but it didn't feel very secure. So I took a miniature bull-dog clip (readily available in office supply stores) and just nipped the stitch from the left needle and placed it front or back then put it back onto the left needle. All it took was a squeeze of the prongs to open and close the clip, which measures about 1/2". And you can use those little clips for lots of other stuff, too, even to clip onto more stitches for cabling than the one stitch I was working with.

Hope you all find this useful!

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I love knitting scrubbies with... fishing line. Works great!
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I was on a street car once when I had to take a sock back a bit...so I pulled out some dental floss I had in my bag for a life line...

Of course I have on several occasions used paper clips as stitch markers...(haven't we all)
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I now have a list of things to keep with me!! Great ideas gals!!
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I was on a street car once when I had to take a sock back a bit...so I pulled out some dental floss I had in my bag for a life line...

Of course I have on several occasions used paper clips as stitch markers...(haven't we all)
Did your sock come out minty fresh?
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Originally Posted by Crycket View Post
I was on a street car once when I had to take a sock back a bit...so I pulled out some dental floss I had in my bag for a life line...

Of course I have on several occasions used paper clips as stitch markers...(haven't we all)
When you said street car I didn't even bother to check wher you're from...I love Toronto!
I knitted with my makeup brushes. Who ever said pencils were no good is absolutely correct, what a waste! I know this is off Topic but does anyone else rarely follow through with a pattern and just do what you feel like creating? This happens to me 95% of the time, or maybe its just the ADHD in me.

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