For those who want to buy a finished product: 8/18/11 - 5:58 PM
So I regularly get emails from people asking to buy my hats, unfortunately I don't sell my crafts. I find that when I start to think about making money off something I lose all will to do it.

So I'm making this post to hopefully hook up those who want to sell with those who want to buy. If you sell or are willing to make to order any of my patterns post your etsy site, ebay shop, or email address as a reply to this entry. That way people who are looking to buy can look up the resources gathered here.

Make your own Boye Needlemaster interchangeable cables! 9/30/10 - 1:28 AM

So I bought the Boye Needlemaster set a while ago for a few reasons:

1. Price (cheapest set available, especially if you have a 40% off coupon, heh)
2. Tons of tips (2-15! no other set has this range of sizes)
3. Pretty colors (yeah, this is silly, but they're so purty!)

The cables that came with them, however, sucked. They're stiff, have a stupid bend at the start, and when you attach two together it forms a "Z" bend in your cable that is hard to get your work to slide around.

So in a fit of insanity, I decided to make my own. I'd heard about people tapping the boye tips to fit the knitpicks cables, but not only would that mean buying knitpicks cables, but it sounded way easier (and cheaper) to make my own cables than to tap the metal tips (and probably destroy them).

I hesitated making a tute for this since it seems pretty extreme, making your own cables, but I figured if people are willing to take a tap and die to metal needles maybe someone would be interested in how to make their own cables. Plus they're easy to make, seriously, the only real skill you need is sanding/snipping a few things, and some measuring.

So after lots of measuring, trial and error, trying to find perfect materials, I got it, and let me tell you, these cables are awesome. They use weed whacker line (seriously) and are super super bendy. Plus since you're making them yourself you can make any length you want, I even have a cable short enough to make 16" circulars, and ones long enough for magic loop, so I pretty much can make any project that uses a needle size 2-15. You can make a cable the perfect size for making yourself sweaters in the round, and no need to screw two together to make a long cable, just make a long cable!

These are really easy to make, seriously. The hardest part is sourcing the materials, I got everything that wasn't laying around my house off, which was like 2 bucks for 10 feet of tubing and 100 screws, but now the price has gone up and it'd be around $10 (as of writing this) for the tubing and screws. The screws should be easy to find in a hardware store, not sure about the tubing though, if anyone knows if you can get it at a hardware store let me know so I can update this.

So not including the stuff laying around the house I spent probably 8 bucks total on this, and that's including 200 feet of weed eater line (that's a lot of interchangable cables!)

One more note, do not deviate from the required measurments (screw type and diameters of line and tubing) If you do you'll end up with useless cables. Plus this will only work with the Boye Needlemaster tips, the Knitpicks use a different size screw.

Items Needed:

1. Nylon Tubing - with an inner diameter of .075" and an outer diameter of .125"
You don't need a ton of this, just a few inches for each cable.
I'm not sure if you can get this at a hardware store or not, I got mine from here: Nylon Tubing

2. Weed Eater Line - must be ROUND and must have a diameter of .065" or else it won't fit in the tubing
Again, length isn't super important, a regular package will probably have enough line to make tons of cables.
One cool thing about this is that it comes in different colors, so you can customise your cables (as long as it's round and has an diameter of .065")
I got this off Amazon too, here: Weed Eater Line

3. Screws - 2-56 screws of at least a 1 inch, head style isn't important since you'll be cutting that part off
Each cable takes 2 screws, so get at least enough for the amount of cables you want and a couple extra for mistakes.
I'm sure you can get these at hardware stores, but I got mine off Amazon here: Screws

4. Superglue
Can get this pretty much anywhere, super cheap too.

5. Medium/Fine Sandpaper
I used a 150 grit I had lying around, grit isn't super important though since you'll be polishing with the nail buffer thing.

6. 4-Sided Nail Buffer/File
These things should be pretty cheap, they have 4 different sides that gradually get finer, meant for buffing your nails to a shine but I find them really useful for smoothing/shining things.
You should be able to find these at any drugstore/grocery store.

7. Wire Clippers
Used for cutting the screws off, I used the pair from my husband's toolkit.

8. Ruler
Used for measuring how long to cut the Weed Eater Line


With your sandpaper file the nylon tubing down so there's a gradual taper from the tube to the edge, you can cut a few inches off to make this easier.

Now use the nail file/buffer to smooth the taper you just sanded, do the first step until it feels uniform in smoothness, and continue for each of the "stages" of the nail file until you complete the "shine" or "polish" stage (the fourth stage). At this point the tubing should come to a nice, smooth, tapered point.

Next cut the tubing so your tapered bit is about 1" long, doesn't need to be perfectly that length, if the clippers flatten the hole in the tubing a little just gently squeeze it back into an "o" shape.

Lightly sand the cut edge to prevent any snagging that may happen while knitting.

Now sometimes the sanding of the tapered end will fill in the hole

if this happens just thread the weedeater line in the opposite end to push out the shavings

after pushing the shavings out you'll probably need to sand the tip a little more

Cut a length of weedeater line 9" shorter than you want the circular needle to be (each tip is 4 inches, each nylon tube is 1" minus 1/2" for the amount of line that goes in each nylon tube)

When you cut the line try to cut it at a slant to make inserting it into the nylon tube easier.

Insert the line into the tube to make sure it fits and the join feels smooth, if it doesn't, take the line out and sand the nylon tube again, if it does, put a drop of superglue on the tip of the line, and insert the line halfway into the tapered edge of the nylon tube.

Once the glue is completely dry take a screw and screw it into the opposite end of the tube, you can use a pair of pliers to make this easier, just be sure not to damage the threads of the screw. You can use glue on the screw, but you'll have to screw it in really fast before the glue dries. I don't glue the screw and I've never had one come loose, just screw it in a far as you can get it to.

With your wire clippers cut the screw head off, leaving only 1/4" inch of threaded area sticking out from the tubing. Your clippers will probably leave the cut end rough, this makes it hard to screw into the needle points, so take your sandpaper again and just file the edges of the cut end of the screw until it looks smooth and screws into the needle point easily. Be sure to get it nice and smooth before trying in in the needle though, don't want to strip your needle tips!

Now repeat for the second end (omitting, of course, cutting a new line and such, heh)

Now you're done! Revel in the awesome cables you just made!

Maybe I'm crazy for doing this, lol, but if anyone has questions/needs help/wants to try this, let me know how it goes!

A few things... 5/11/10 - 6:15 PM
First off I want to say a huge thank you! to everyone who has sent me words of encouragement, you guys are the greatest, really, you are

I also want to explain myself further, I don't want to stop posting patterns or take the ones I have down, and I don't want to start selling my patterns either. I really don't want to punish all you sweet, supportive crafty people who make things for charity or friends and family (or yourself, you deserve nice things!) just because a few buttfarts decide to put a new brim on my hat pattern and then sell the pattern (you know who you are, and may your yarn skeins be full of knots!)

And I love how good the crafty community tends to be with sharing, I love the free sharing of thoughts and ideas, and how we can all inspire each other. I don't want to be the person who hoards techniques and patterns so I can make money off them, I don't want to be a person who says "look what I did, but you can't do it cause it's MINE!" Let's all share and help and inspire each other! As crafters we are the only people who really "get" each other when it comes to creating, so let's all support each other!
I do realize people need money to live, but I just think some people take it too far, especially when it comes to ripping people off or just being downright mean when it comes to helping others.

I also apologize for complaining about people asking simple questions, we're all beginners at one point, and I in no way want to discourage anyone from finding out more about any craft.
I would like to offer a suggestion to people reading any pattern and wondering "what the heck does she mean by that?" simply plugging in the term that confuses you, plus "crochet" in Google (such as "adjustable ring crochet") and chances are you'll find out your answer much much faster than I'll be able to reply to an email. Of course if you still can't figure something out I'll be more than happy to help you try.

Anyways, I've been trying to be less reserved and shy (I am terribly reserved in real life and I think it has a lot to do with my reticence to post and say stuff online) so hopefully I'll be more active in the future, especially when it comes to sharing ideas and craftyness.

Oh, and exciting newness! I've finally learned to knit! I've attempted several times and while I was able to do the stitches right it just didn't "click" it seemed way too slow and awkward. I've heard that continental knitting is easier for people from a crocheting background since you hold the yarn in the left hand (same as crocheting) so I recently got myself a boye needlemaster set (I love aluminum hooks/needles) and tried it and it just clicked! So maybe knitting patterns are in the future...who knows?

Still Here! 2/7/10 - 1:10 AM
Okay, so it's been more than a year since my last entry. Sorry for anyone who actually checks this site on any kind of regular basis (or at all, lol).
I've been trying to keep up with e-mails. I recently had some problems recently with everything getting marked as spam so anyone who sent me a message without a reply feel free to send me another and hopefully I'll get it this time, I think everything is sorted out now. I know I've been really lax about crocheting/updating/stuff to do with this site for the past year or so. To be completely honest I've been kinda bummed by people stealing patterns, asking questions that can be easily answered by a google search (like "what does sc mean?") and I know this probably sounds completely stupid but every time I've gone to crochet I feel so pressured to write down everything I do, type up a pattern, take pictures, etc. so I just kinda stopped. Not that I don't want to make patterns anymore, every time someone sends me an email about making hats/toys for charity or that their kids/grandkids loved things made from my patterns it makes me feel all kinds of warm and fuzzy inside.
So what does this mean for my site? I'm not sure exactly, I've been considering making patterns or items for sale. I'd rather not sell patterns, but I'm not sure how many people would buy a hat from me if the pattern is free on my site, heh. Anyways, enough rambling for now, and hopefully my next entry won't be a year from now, and will contain something a little more exciting.

New stuff! 1/24/09 - 6:27 PM
So there's been a few changes, the colors most notably. I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to this kind of stuff so if anything looks funky or is unreadable let me know so I can try to fix it.
Also there's been some pattern updates since my last journal entry dealy, quite a few actually (for me anyways, heh) There's been the lattice hat, the flapper hat, an amigurumi penguin and also a bunch of pictures added to the cable hat pattern to help with the cable stitch.
No fuzzy body updates for now, was working on a few but my cat unraveled the pieces I had done and it kinda put me off of it for now.
I tend to go through spells where I favor one craft over another, cooking, sewing, crocheting, right now crocheting is the favorite, but if the site seems dead it's probably just because I've been favoring something else (or I'm just plain busy.)
I guess I could always talk about the other stuff I've been up to, but I highly doubt anyone would be interested in that.
Hope you guys are enjoying the new site look, that's all for now!

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