Seek slick tips, sixes: tip? Sic sheet, quick
Saturday November 05th 2011, 11:03 pm
Filed under: Knit

I thought I had lost the battle of the sixes.

Who knew you could wear out knitting needles? But some previously well-polished rosewoods, a pair I’ve used a lot for I don’t know how many years, were doing the chalkboard screech thing: even if I couldn’t hear it, my hands sure could and it was awful.

I thought of the days when I had my kids go down the slide on the swingset (that swingset, we moved it here with us), sitting on a sheet of wax paper, just like my mom used to make us do, so although there wasn’t a problem here of dripping tree sap or raccoon paw prints, I got up, went in the kitchen, tore off a piece, and gave it a try. Metal, wood, it’s all a surface issue, right?

It wasn’t perfect but it did help some. I went back to doodling with my yarn. We’ll call it a draw.

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Ah, yes….wax paper would help. It’s a sad day when your best needles start to go!
PS: I am honored that you stopped by my blog and left a comment! Thank you…..and I love your book, Wrapped in Comfort. Maria

Comment by Maria H 11.06.11 @ 12:41 am

Restoring old rosewood finishes is right up Ralph’s alley (being a piano rebuilder.) What you need is maybe a really fine sanding followed by a French polish shellacking. If you want to mail them here, he could easily do it for you.

Comment by LauraN 11.06.11 @ 7:31 am

Keep me posted! I love rosewood needles too, although I haven’t worn out a pair yet.

Comment by Channon 11.06.11 @ 7:38 am

It’s a draw? Where is the pitcher?

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 11.06.11 @ 7:51 am

hey, I hadn’t thought of that waxed paper trick — I’m off to try it on a pair of needles that I have!!

Comment by Bev 11.06.11 @ 7:52 am

If anyone can wear out knitting needles, it’s you. Maybe the 5,000 mile tune-up is outside the lifetime of most average knitters.

Comment by LynnM 11.06.11 @ 10:45 am

Awright, lady, how fast were you going when the needles started to screech? Needles to say, you musta been speedin’.

Comment by Don Meyer 11.06.11 @ 11:30 am

I once snapped the tippy-tip off a metal dpn, I couldn’t see it, but I sure could feel it! A magnifying glass helped show me the break.

Comment by Carol 11.08.11 @ 8:18 pm

I snapped the cord on a pair of circs earlier this fall. That was a first for me, but I found out that Addi has lifetime warrantee in case it happens with one of their needles (the ones that broke weren’t Addis, though). I would think it would be harder to wear out wood, but I guess you have to get through the polish eventually.

Comment by Erica 11.11.11 @ 4:57 pm

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