Bobby Pin Needle Selector Tool
Just when you thought you had heard all you wanted about
bobby pins, here's something else you can make with them! :)
To make a double-sided tool, you'll
need the same supplies you did for the cast-on comb and the garter bar:
- 2 12" rulers per tool
- Bobby Pins (leftover halves will do, the crimped side works well
- Carpenter's Glue
- Clamps to hold things together
- Fine line pen or pencil
- Freezer or Masking Tape
- Needle Nose Pliers
Mark Lines on Ruler
Lay ruler blank side up on needle bed, right against needle
butts. You can either mark the center of each needle channel on both edges
of the ruler or only the channels that you'll need for the size needle selector
you are making.
If you were going to make the 1x2 selector on one side
and the 1x3 selector on the other side, you would only have to make those
marks. In order to get straight lines though it might be better to put marks
on both sides of the ruler.
To put pins on both sides, you'll want them all to be
less than half the width of the ruler, otherwise they would get in each
others way. I made mine very short and used three together each time.
I broke them off with the pliers after the 4th crimp past
the turned up side, it really doesn't have to be exact, as long as they're
not longer than half the ruler's width.
Put glue along both edges of ruler. Position three pins together
so that center pin is right in the center of the line made on ruler and
the part that turns down begins at the edges. You would want them all
facing in the same direction. The center pin of the first 3-pin group
on each side of the ruler (2 in all) should be longer than the other two.
(See picture) This will serve as a guide for the others.
Position pins on both sides according to the needle
selector that you want to make. Add more glue, then put second ruler
on top. Clamp together till dry. That's it!
It isn't fancy but it works. Since rulers are so cheap you could put
pins on one side only and use the other side for pushing your needles
back against the bed. In that case you would want to leave the pins a
bit longer since you would want to let the one ruler overlap the other
to take advantage of the beveled edge that has the metal strip. Two pins
might be enough side by side but I wanted to be sure in case my spacing
was a bit off. You could make as many as you want in whatever arrangement