Now, here you are, eager to knit those beautiful arans right now, but where the heck is that cable needle? (Oops, you lost it again!)
Here is a quick and inexpensive solution!
You will probably find everything you need at home:
- – a pack of wooden barbecue sticks (mine were 30cm long and about 3mm in diameter)
- – a cutter knife
- – a cheap nail file (ideally – with different grit sizes) or sandpaper
- – a pencil sharpener
- – water resistant deco varnish (optional)
Take a close look at the barbecue sticks, choose the smoothest and straightest ones – this will save you a lot of effort and protect your fingers from splinters. You will need only one stick to make two cable needles but you can also use up the whole pack!
- Cut a stick in the middle with a paper cutter.
- Sharpen the blunt ends with a pencil sharpener.
- Polish the ends, starting with a coarse grit and ending with the finest one. Round the tips.
At this point the needle is ready to use! But if you like to do things properly…
- Polish the whole needle with the finest grit sandpaper you can find (I used Nr 1000 sandpaper – ultra fine).
- Paint the needles with coloured water resistant varnish, let dry for a couple of minutes, then cover with a layer of transparent varnish (I used Decorlack by Marabu). Leave to dry overnight.
- Polish the needles with ultra fine grit sandpaper until perfectly smooth.