Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Needle Geekery

Hubby and I wanted to work on needles for the shop last night. I must admit, we got a bit side tracked by the idea of new materials for needles.  We looked at acrylics and drooled over the pretty colors.  Of course, we got sucked in to ordering a few blanks to try for fun.  They won't be traditional or good for re-enactment.  Sometimes though, it's just fun to make and use something different and pretty.  I can't wait to try the cappuccino one with the brown and white swirls!  It may be a while before they arrive, but we'll post when we get needles made from them.

Then we tinkered with the idea of using circuit boards.  I was quite worried about the little metal wires and widgets on the sides of board catching on yarn.  After quite a bit of sanding, we were able to get it really smooth on the sides.  It tested quite well.  I'll use this one for a while longer to make sure nothing comes off with wear.

History and geekery can now be one in nalbinding.


Update: There was a bit here on ROHS compliance.  Hubby remembered it's not about human safety.  So we'll be investigating.


  1. awesome idea! I think I might have to try that! Looks like it's as flat as I like my needles, too... And with the amount of old computers I have collected by now, I won't run out of material soon. Too bad I got rid of my really old one (early 90s) a couple of years ago, that one would have almost been ancient enough for reenactment-use ;)
    For the acrylic needles: A good friend of mine tried out PVC needles a while ago, but it turned out that he couldn't get them stable enough even though he made them rather thick. It's a shame, because he wanted to make me a glow-in-the-dark needle for working next to the campfire at night. Hope your experiments work out better!

    1. Let us know if you make a circuit board needle. We'd love to see how yours turns out!

      (A glow in the dark needle would really be cool!)