The question that I am asked all the time about my mini knitting is : how do you handle those tiny knitting needles ?
They are not made out of steel or aluminum like normal knitting needles but out of something that is called piano wire. There are lots of people who can knit with them but I am not too happy with them
The good thing is that they are cheap. The less good things are ( but this is just my experience so you do not have to agree !) :
1. They are very hard to hold.
2. They bend like crazy so your needles will not be straight after a few rows.
3. The points are very sharp and will damage your yarn or hurt your fingers.
For many years I have used needles that looked like this :
A friend made them for me . They are made out of steel and the handles are wood. For me they work very well. The handles make it easier to hold on to the needles and to balace them. The needle part is steel so hardly any bending and they do not have the sharp points.
I have found out how I can make them myself now and I have two sizes of them 1 mm and 0,75 mm . They work perfectly well for most of my patterns . I like to use DMC tatting thread no .80 with the 1 mm needles and and silk Gutterman with the thinner ones.
If you would like to have some of these needles I would be happy to make some of them for you to buy. They will cost more than the piano wire ones but I think you will love them. Do contact me if you are interested.