So, I made myself a roll for my double pointed needles. I have a larger knitting needle roll that matches my knitting bag, but I find that I use my DPNs more often. I also didn’t want the 000 & 00 DPNs getting bent, so I made a separate roll. At any rate, it was also just an excuse to sew, and I had all the cool Star Trek comic book cover fabric left over from making Rory a cushion. Once I decided to use the outer fabric, I went to Joann and found the other Star trek prints.

I also made myself 3 of the 4 sets of wooden DPNs. I bought a set of 10.5 bamboo, and while they’re nice, I balked at purchasing more at $9.99-16.99 per set. Even with a coupon, they still start at around $6.00… I made these for less than $1.00 per set, plus I had enough dowel left over for some wooden cable needles. :) All it takes is some dowels, a pencil sharpener, an assortment of sandpaper, and something to finish them with, such as beeswax polish. I actually made my own polish as well, 1 part beeswax to 4 parts olive oil.

The worst part was making the size 9s. I was able to find size 8, 10, and 10.5 dowels, but nothing else closer to a 9. I ended up buying a second size 10 dowel and sanding each needle down to fit the size 9 slot in my gauge. >_< I seriously considered whether all the work was worth it versus just buying a set, but I decided to make them in the end

Craft Challenges March Challenge:  Geek Knits

The name of this challenge says it all.  For March’s challenge, participants are to work on projects that let their geek flag fly – either literally (Doctor scarves! Jayne hats! Spock ears!) or figuratively (knitting or crocheting anything you happen to be extremely passionate about [socks with self-striping yarn, in my case]).  Anything you want to make can be submitted for this challenge, so long as it is, and/or relates to something that channels your inner fangirl/boy.   

You may begin your Geek Knits March Challenge project anytime you like but we will not begin posting photos for the March Challenge until March 1, 2015.  To have your project photos displayed on this blog either submit them to us or post them on your own blog, being certain to tag “craftchallenges” so I can find them.

Good luck, and happy crafting!

(Wondering what the February Challenge is?  Find out more right here.)


I finally get to share my #secretswap knitting project because it was delivered today! Our swap was based on books. Amber chose “Ready Player One” by Earnest Cline. I knit her a shawl inspired by the crystal, jade, and copper keys that need to be found in the book. The design of the green yarn was inspired by the teeth on an actual key. 🔑🗝