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"Do it yourself" actually means that you're using your leftovers for another knitting project. Learn about do it yourself knitting with help from a knitting and crafts professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Cara Graver at The Cob Studio and I'm going to show you DIY knitting. Do-it-yourself usually means you're using leftovers or you're using something, a found object or you're using something simple. You could go to the store and buy knitting needles; there are some metal kind and now there are the bamboo ones and things like that. But, sometimes it's so much more satisfying to be able to make your own. That's why you're watching this because you're a DIYer. So, I have made these knitting needles; I lied, I did not make these. But, look at how nicely they look like the, the ones I made. A tiny skinny little dowel with a bead, it's kind of fun to find the beads that go with the right size dowel; I like these little flower pots. And you, if you're going to be knitting something from a pattern which you might not be because you might be somebody who makes up the pattern too, but if you want to know about what size your needle is, this is a needle sizer. So, and, and homemade ones don't really follow exactly. This one is a size eight, more or less, and you know, DIYers more ore less it's good enough. This one is between a 13 and a 15 and so on. So, you get the picture; you put, put your needle in and that's, that's the size. And that determines how, how big your, your piece is, how big your pattern is going to be. So, this is perfect for knitting a scarf because you don't really need a pattern for scarf. You just need to determine how wide you want it and just keep going and going until you're happy or tired knitting straight. So, here's another little leftover. This being chopsticks. And what you do with chopsticks is, get them out of the bag; sometimes you've brought them home for your, from your Chinese meal and there's a little bit of food on them, so you want to sand that off. And you can use this coarse sandpaper to make the point. And notice that I'm kind of rolling it back and forth and I want to get all over the place. You can also use a pencil sharpener for this part. But, this is kind of therapeutic and meditative, do it this way. And then, for the long part and this one is sort of square, so it's a little tricky; you can sand the, the sharper parts off with the coarse sandpaper and this is, hmm, 100 at, and the bigger the number, the finer the sandpaper. So, you want a fine sandpaper after you've used the coarse sandpaper to make it smooth so that the, the yarn slips. This is not smooth enough for it to slip yet, but I don't want to bore you, so, you get the picture. And one thing that's nice about this, the ones that have something like this on the end, the squarishness is that that's the stop for your knitting because as you notice, you notice you've got something on the end so that your knitting doesn't fall off the other end. If you're vigilant, you're going to be okay. But, you can also use sculpey, you know, that polymer clay and make little fruits or something on the end. Don't make them too heavy though 'cause you'll be sad because you'll be trying to heft up your knitting needles to get your knitting done. Here's another little thing. I got these pencils from the Dollar Store. The, the lid is too hard, it doesn't really write tell and it's hard to see. So, if you just break the lid off because if you wanted to knit with this, you'd be getting lid, if the lid came off with this one, you'd be getting, you know, a dirty color on your yarn. So, if you break the point and luckily, it comes out of the inside, and then, you can sort of do the same thing you did before; I'm just going to kind of round it and shape it. And it doesn't even matter if there's a hole in there and then of course you'd want to do the fine sandpaper too because if it's rough, you'll be sad and we don't want you to be sad. And for yarn, DIYers like to use leftovers. I have bags of leftovers. So, you can make lots of different patterns in colors. You can make stripes, you can do all sorts of things, putting those colors together. I'm Cara Graver at The Cob Studio and that was DIY knitting.


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