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Old 02/27/10, 06:25 PM
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ISO: Knitting needles made in America?

As a beginning knitter I've picked up some Boye and Susan Bates needles. Although they are fine needles, I'm sorry to see both brands are made in China.

Can you suggest any made in America knitting needles that are reasonably priced? I'd be glad for a link, if you have one.


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Old 02/27/10, 07:45 PM
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Brittany needles are. They are made of Birch, very light weight and nice to work with. For some reason I cannot post links, my copy and past function doesn't seem to be working right now. Do a search on Google for knitting needles made in America.

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Old 02/28/10, 06:57 AM
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here's one for you - have you thought about making your own?

GAM inspired me to make a set of my own awhile back when she dove into her cooking accessories drawer and came out with bamoo skewers and proceeded to knit with them. Where there's a will, there's a way!

Once when I HAD to have a particular size dpn right then and there (and this work for straight needles, too) - I took a wooden dowel rod (about .89¢ as I recall) in the appropriate diameter from the hardware store, snipped it into lengths with a pair of shrub/tree limbers , stuck the snipped ends in a pencil sharpener and sharpened them to a point, then I used fine grit sand paper and smoothed them to a silken finish. You could also coat them with sanding sealer for a more finished slippery finish -but these worked really well for me - a little TOO well. My husband applauded my resourcefulness and ingenuity, but now thinks that I should never have to buy another pair of knitting needles - silly man.

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Wow, pencil sharpener---very creative thinking! I'm going to do that! I try to buy USA wherever I can---make your own is even better. I'm going to remember Brittany Needles too for future reference. Thanks for the question and thanks for the answers.

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If you make your own needles from the skewers, please make sure they are good skewers. The cheap ones splinter really bad and cause a big mess. Those cheap things from the dollar store are not real bamboo.

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Old 02/28/10, 09:32 PM
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Thanks, Marchwind, I found them.

As to making my own? Hmmm. Maybe not just yet.


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I'm quite certain that Signature Needle Arts needles are made in the US.

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I also got out my game of pick up sticks. I think they were a size 7 according to my gauge.

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Old 03/01/10, 12:14 PM
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I also got out my game of pick up sticks. I think they were a size 7 according to my gauge.
Who'd a thought?

That is so clever!


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Old 03/09/10, 07:59 PM
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My sister wanted me to teach her how to knit. She had yarn, but no needles. I showed her how to cast on and knit on two pencils. She did buy needles after learning the basics.

I have also used dowels cut to length and sharpened in a pencil sharpener.

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