Thursday, 11 June 2009

Knitting Needle Bangles

vintage red knitting needle bangles

I wasn't meant to be making these today, I had the lofty idea that I would play the perfect housewife and made the house a perfectly shiny and lovely place, with everything dusted and washed and lemon scented. Like that was ever going to really happen, although I did bake accidental brownies last night. I had cracked eggs that needed using. Besides baking is a different sort of craft, to me cooking and baking can either be hard work or zen like, last night it was zen like, and then there was a bowl of ooey gooey brownie batter....mmmmmm....where was I? oh yes knitting needle bangles.

Why did I make knitting needle bangles? because Megan did and she inspire me to, seeing as I was moving some winter wear up to the attic and I just happened to "knock over" my box of yarn and knitting needles and the called out to me to turn them into jewellery. What's a girl to do? why listen of course. I had read about making knitting needle bangles a year or to ago and never got around to it until I saw Megan's and thought why not. But I am adamant that Megan is a bad crafty influence on me... next she will have me scouring the shops for vintage buttons!

There are several tutorials out there if you google to tell you how to make knitting needle bangles, but its basically very simple, the hardest part is finding nice vintage knitting needles.

How to make knitting needle bangles

you will need:
vintage plastic knitting needles
a pan
tongs (or tweezers)
a tin or jar (measuring roughly 8" around)
gloves (optional if you have Teflon hands like mine)

1. boil a pot of water.

2. place your knitting needle in the pot, Its a bit like cooking spaghetti, push the knitting needle into the water a bit at a time until it is fully submerged. ( soften for 5 to 10 minutes in the hot water)

3. Use the tongs to remove the knitting needle from the boiling water and wrap the needle around a can or jar. I used my bare fingers but you can use kitchen gloves to wrap the needle around.

4. plunge the can and bangle into cold water to set.

5. if the bangle isn't quite right, pop it back into the boiling water to reshape.

easy as 1...2...3...4...5


x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

a bad influence, little old me?!

Gina said...

What fun! But I'm not sure I want to mess with my old needles.

Flame said...

Oooh I like them {flutters eyelashes}

Frizbe said...

Those are gorgeous and can also possibly be used for Staking Vampires......'wants'

jacqueline said...

This is sooo fun!! I really like them too. :) Thank you for sharing this with us! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!!

Shelley Weeks said...

Thanks for the tutorial Apryl - loving your blog too!!

Studied for my degree in Derby and stayed up there for a while afterwards - lovely part of the world - much more relaxed way of life!

Apron Thrift Girl said...

love this tutorial Apryl and the colors you chose for the needles were perfect.

MooBear Designs said...

I am about to make these my my daughter... but it was her idea and I just had to google a tutorial... thanks heaps and I'll link back to you!!!

xo Steph

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