Knitting With Chopsticks

This was something I did in the 90’s as a kid. I started knitting around the age or 6 or 7. My favourite was s small circular loom because it was easy and the results were fast. However being a kid I frequently lost my plastic knitting needles.

My alternatives (being mostly poor growing up) Chopsticks or HB pencils. But there is the ever pressent issue of the burs causing a problem. Sticky tape doesn’t work well and not all of us have some kind of varnish. My solution has always been to dip my homemade knitting needle in nail polish.

The nail polish also helps make the chopstick ends a little more slippery and it covers all loose burs that can pull on your wool. But being a chopstick you will likey end up with an odd shaped uneven work. I prefer pencils. I generally scribbly them blunt and polish them.

I would share a photo but I can only take pic’s with my phone at the moment and nowhere nice to take a snap but if I take a good pic I’ll update this post for sure.

I’ve seen a lot of suggestions but none for using nail polish. It’s simple, cheap and effective when you’re in a bind and can’t go out and buy a new set of needles. You can also colour your homemade needles anyway you like as well. I use to stipple mine. I haven’t done it in years until yesterday when I realised all my knitting needles were gone.

I dug through my drawers, grabbed a sharpener and sharpened my chopsticks. After I got them as sharp as I liked I used a nail file to sand them smooth. Then I just simply dipped them one by one in my nail polish bottle. I just use a cup to stand it upright to dry but I find blue-tac works well too.

I’ve now started a new project. It’s been semi successful. Mostly a lot of restarting. I’ve been crocheting for years on and off and more or less forgot everything about knitting except 3 ways to cast on.

Anyway I thought I’d share that little tid bit with you guys. Some of you might find it interesting.


New Posts For The New Year

This year I plan to be mostly posting my sewing adventures WITH photo’s. And all of them as well. Even the things I screwed up and how and why. Might help some, maybe you’ll laugh at it but it’s all in good fun.

Basically I got my mother’s sewing machine and Overlocker. Even though she doesn’t think so I know they are both pushing 10yrs + and have almost never been used. For upsetting reasons. She held onto it with hopes of “One day when I feel better” only better never came, so it’s a very meaningful present to receive this year.

Since I received it I’ve already started practising. Most of the practise was in the form of dog clothes. Yes dog clothes. Because they were small, simple and I had a dog I could use as a model. And bless her hairy little self, she was excited to wear it. Since we got her we have had to keep her trimmed in summer and come winter time it takes a while for it to grow back, so in the short time of the early seasons of autumn and winter she wears shirts. She loves her shirts because of all the praise and attention she gets.

Anyway, long story short I plan to make clothing for me and my family when I get use to the machine and sewing again. I use to when I was younger only now I’m not so restricted in what I can make since it’s now my machine and material isn’t as expensive as it use to be.

I have been asked if I will sell any clothing I make or if I will sell my dog clothes. The short answer is no. My long answer however is that if people liked what I would make I would consider but I would only make custom fitting versions of what I design. I couldn’t simply go for the universal free size because everyone comes in all shapes and sizes. I’d rather make a perfect fit than a disappointing one but it’s a lot of work and isn’t likely that I would get to a selling point. And I am talking about bother people and dog clothes. Dog outfits take a lot more work though and I have no plans to sell them in the near future but things may change, who knows.

So those are my plans for this blog for this year. I hope to see you guys around and hear your opinions. I also think it would be a good idea since I will be able to post what I learn and hopefully having it on my blog, I might remember what not to do next time.

Happy New Year!!

Book Binding: Home Kit

I haven’t made my own video for this, but I did find one made by someone else already. Now my machine that I bought which was really cheap and came with plastic covers, backs and spines can do up to 150 pages. The reason that I bought mine, was to bind my manuscripts AND storyboards together. It doesn’t matter if you are a manga artist or comic book artist or any other kind of artist where you require a lot of notes and storyboards, binding can be a blessing even if it’s just a few pages. It’s not a cost many of us are willing to go and pay for professionally. Where I live, it’s not that expensive to get a book bound with those plastic clips, but in all honesty, the price you pay for the plastic spines is less that what they charge you for drilling the page holes and putting it together when you can just do it yourself for much less.

I’ve tried the clips, I’ve tried paper clips, I’ve tried binding it myself which was to messy and time consuming and cost me more money that the paper itself did. In the end, after a while through vigorous referencing, they either fell apart or started to wear and fray quicker than I would have liked. If you are serious about making a graphic novel, storybook or writing your own book, these machines are worth it and even if you’re not serious or have no plan to get published, it’s still worth it. You can neatly stack your work with your other books on a bookshelf instead of in a box under your bed never to be seen again.

My other reason for getting this machine, was to make my own journal. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to make my own journal or art book with pages that don’t suck and a cover that I genuinely like. I also like to have one drawing page and one lined page for notes. I hate to write on art paper because I feel like it’s a waste of art space. It’s also excellent for storyboarding, concept art and character design. You just jot down your nots on one page and doodle it up on the other and then you have everything in the one place instead of two separate books ^w^