Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A chopstick experiment/Ein Experiment mit Eßstäbchen

I've always been convinced that it should be possible to knit with chopsticks - and today I tried it out. I got hold on a pair of those take-away chopsticks, sharpened them with a pencil sharpener and smoothed them with a fine grained sand paper.

When I measured them, I found out that they are about No. 5 needles and that they are light and comfortable to knit with.

And what's more: for this project, they are perfect for using with the normal, thin sock wool!



I'm knitting diagonal squares in garter stitch, which gives the piece a classic patchwork look and makes a very light and elastic knitting, well suitable for a scarf or an indoor poncho - or maybe even a pullover, if I'm patient enough ...



The variegated colours in green and blue form the pattern of light and shadow all by themselves.

This knitting bears many possibilities, and I'm still trying to work out how to use it the best way.



(German summary: Heute habe ich ein paar Eßstäbchen zu Stricknadeln umfunktioniert - mit dem Bleistiftspitzer gespitzt und dann geschmirgelt - sie entsprechen Nr. 5-Nadeln und liegen leicht und gut in der Hand! Ich stricke diagonale Quadrate in Blau- und Grüntönen mit der Sockenwolle und überlege noch, was man alles damit anstellen könnte ...)

8 comments:

Clare W said...

gorgeous patchwork knitting. Chinese socks? I'd love a poncho made from these squares though! x

Sara Lechner said...

jetzt sehe ich, was du insgeheim machst! :-)
sie sehen toll aus!

Sara Lechner said...

...und die essstäbchen finde ich genial. sitzen sie angenehm in der hand?

Elizabeth said...

Your knit with everything including chopsticks if you just have your special yarn. It is so good and beautiful to see you working like this. Just have fun and I'll drop by to see your fantastic ideas. Don't work too hard, take good care of yourself, promised?

Anneli/Bockfilz said...

Thank you, Clare, Sara and Elizabeth!

Yes, Sara, the bamboo chopsticks are very comfortable to knit with - and a big hug to you, Elizabeth: I promise!(That's why I'm so slow!)

pmhewitt said...

yes - patchwork knitting - like Clare said. Of course those bamboo chopsticks would work wonderfully as needles - I never would have thought if it, though. a great recycling idea!

Anneli/Bockfilz said...

Thanks, Paula! I must admit, I've had the idea for years - and through many meals of sushi and maki - and I'd like to try it out with other thin sticks, like the ones used for barbeques or flower pots - as well! The effort is really a small one!

Catherine V. Bainbridge said...

WOW! These are fabulous. I love the patchwork look in knit. I've never seen anything like this before. How exciting!