Knitting With Unusual Materials

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There are a wide variety of different unusual materials that you can use to make a knitting project more fun and interesting. Learn about knitting with unusual materials with help from a knitting professional and expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Cara Graver at The Cob Studio, and today we're going to look into knitting with unusual materials. So the beginning of knitting with unusual materials could be making your own knitting needles out of dowels, little skinny dowels and beads. It's tricky to find the beads that fit the dowels. This I think I actually bought those but I liked these they were a little flowerpot on the end and you know, you just take some sandpaper to make the point, roll it and sand it and at the end sand the whole thing with a lighter sandpaper. Same thing with chopsticks from the Chinese restaurant, they've already got sort of a point so they're already almost done and then you can make them a little pointier, because you don't want something that's too blunt. You want to be able to get your needle into the thread or the yarn and you could us pencils. The problem with the pencils is the lead getting the dirt on your yarn but I would imagine you could probably break that and pull that out and then sort of smooth it up with your sandpaper, that's what I would do. You might find something else to do. Another thing if you don't have sandpaper but you have to have a good pack of emery boards and you can get those maybe more readily where you live. An emery board is a nice smoother at least if they're newer than this one it could even be a shaper but an emery board is just sandpaper for your fingernails. So then I was knitting with some other materials. I used this wire and really when I thought about what I could knit with I thought you'd have to have something that bends well. Now if you wanted to use something like rope that was big, it stands to reason that you'd have to use a bigger knitting needle because the curve that the rope would be able to make is less tight than say jute, so this is pretty bendy. It was still a little tough when I knit this and I thought this could be a fun little pot scrubber, very biodegradable, just throw it on your compost pile when you're done with it. So this is bendy and this is fishing line and that's pretty bendy but it's also very thin. So I decided to get three strands of it and I tied them together in the beginning because you don't want to drive yourself crazy trying to capture them up again, but this is plenty bendy, if it's a low number, four pound test and eight pound test and who knows what pound test make it finer. If you wanted to use a thicker one, I think again you'd have to use a bigger needle and it's up to you wanted to do with these materials. If you wanted to use honeysuckle vines you could do that, nylon stockings, plastic bags and you know, the limit is your imagination, that's it. I'm Cara Graver at The Cob Studio and that was knitting with unusual materials.

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