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Old 12-06-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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What's the craziest thing you fave used for knitting?
So I am up drinking a cup of coffee reveling in a finished object. Reading some threads and asked myself. What's the craziest thing I have used to complete an object? It made me smile. If people only knew or understood the affair with the thread and needle One of my craziest knitting stories. I was getting ready to greet a client (I am a hair dresser) And I could not find a stitch holder, so I grabbed a perm rod from my drawer to keep my work together. Another funny story was I needed to bind off an afghan and couldn't find my second needle. (Was on a trip) I had my husband pull in to a chinese restraunt and paid $3.00 for acrylic chopsticks. I still have them in my knit bag.

Any funny stories I would love to hear and know I am not crazy.
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Old 12-06-2009, 01:34 PM   #2
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I've used my kneadable eraser as stopper for the end of a needle more than once.

I think there is not a mother among us who has not used a diaper pin for a stitch holder... or chopsticks for a cable needle.

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Old 12-06-2009, 01:39 PM   #3
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I've used a wooden cuticle pusher and bamboo skewers for cable needles.
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Old 12-06-2009, 02:44 PM   #4
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I've used the pastic part of a Bic pen (pulled out the ink tube) as a cable needle when knitting w/larger needles.

And a toothpick as a cable needle on my socks, size 1 needles.
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:46 PM   #5
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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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The first time I ever cabled,I basically saw it on the internet and really wanted to try it but didn't have any cable needles.I didn't even have a full set of needles because all I had made till then was a scarf and some two needle arm warmers. I grabbed a copper coat hanger I was going to throw away and took wire cutters to it.I had to sand the ends because I didn't have a torch or at the time :/
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I knit in my car a lot while I am waiting to pick up my daughter. I have on serveral occasions had to dig around the car to find something that will work for a problem. The 2 issues that I can remember are:
1) I needed a stitch marker and found a .25 ring from a toy machine on the back floor board. (Now I keep it in my car for more ememrgencies.)
2) I needed to move my life line and didn't have a tapestry needle. After digging around I found and old saftey pin. I tied the life line on and slipped it through my knitting. (I was using size 11 needles so I had plenty of room.)

It's amazing what can be found in a car that has a child riding in it.
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I've cannibalized a ballpoint pen as well...used the ink tube part for a cable needle, and the little metal washer or whatever they're called as a stitch marker. I pulled dental floss out of my purse for a lifeline (I think lots of people use that, though). I know I've dug around in the car for stuff, but can't recall what I've come up with...paper clips and all sorts of things for cable needles.
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I actually learned how to knit with "chuzo" sticks (I don't know how to call them in English. A "chuzo" is basically a stick with meat/chicken/pork/etc. The sticks are wooden, pointy and thin). I had a bag full of these sticks in my house, and since I was desperate in learning how to knit, I used them as my needles.

Also, when I have no crochet hook to pick up those nasty 4-row-dropped stitches, I use my friends' hair pins.
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Originally Posted by XxavoOo View Post
I actually learned how to knit with "chuzo" sticks (I don't know how to call them in English. A "chuzo" is basically a stick with meat/chicken/pork/etc. The sticks are wooden, pointy and thin). I had a bag full of these sticks in my house, and since I was desperate in learning how to knit, I used them as my needles.
I think maybe you mean skewers as they are called here. I've used those, too.
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