NOT made up

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to!

Knitting needles have all kinds of unique uses, but what if the situation is reversed? Toothpicks, unfolded paperclips, and apparently mangled q-tips do the trick.

Happy April!

42 thoughts on “NOT made up

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  1. anne

    Guess I need to put a couple Q-tips in my knitting bag!

    I generally use my smallest Denise needle tips minus cables for stuff like this, but we knitters need to be prepared for toes that need grafting or ears that need cleaning.

  2. Kanuck

    Very creative!

    I recently used a pen cap as a cable needle in a pinch (was too chicken to try the dropped-stitch cabling mid-project), but this is even better.

  3. frecklegirl jess

    Now that’s resourceful. ;)

    I have spent the last few days seeing the sniffing yarn badge and wondering where it originated (people didn’t have it linked correctly). Silly me, of course, I had gotten behind on my grumperina reading…

    Good for you for outing yourself as a sniffer. hehe

  4. Melissa

    The color of that yarn is so beautiful, I can’t stop looking at it (and barely noticed the Q-tips!

  5. Heide

    Necessity is the mother of invention! I’ve used many a strange object to secure knitting in my day and my daughters’ hair bands often substitute for stitch markers. Not that I don’t own stitch markers, it’s just that with the ubiquitous hair bands and my lack of wanting to move while knitting these seem like an obvious choice. Knit on!

  6. Abby

    My mother taught me to knit when I was 7 on a pair of disposable chopsticks. I didn’t do much with it then, but I still remembered how to knit and purl when I went away to college and caught the knitting bug for real.

  7. xtina

    That rules! They should add this to the bottom of the box where the suggest possible uses…can’t you just see it in the funny line drawing style?

  8. Queue

    Ha! I bought a set of wooden double points the other day (5″ 2.5mm) and my mom suggested that I could get many boxes of toothpicks for the same price, and wouldn’t they work just as well.

  9. Suzanne

    I have knit with chopsticks. The disposable ones from Chinese restaurants. I’m not saying I enjoyed it, but in a pinch…well, it’s better than not knitting at all.

  10. Lisa

    I use Q-tips as cable needles! I end up losing dedicated cable needles, so the Q-tip solution makes for inexpensive replacements.

  11. Laura Neal

    Very nifty idea, I was thinking of using the beaded key chain when I was finishing a pair of socks in the middle of the bookstore. I left them on the needles though and just waited for the hubby to finish his reading.

  12. Judy

    I always keep a few of those plastic-coated giant paper clips in my purse for knitting emergencies…they can be stitch holders, cable needles, stitch markers, you name it.

  13. Brandy

    Alright! I don’t know how many times I have pryed paper out of the photocopier with my sock needles. It’s amazing how much knitting one gets done photocopying.

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