I purchased a 3' long 1/8" diameter brass rod from a local hardware store.
The project requires a hacksaw and sandpaper. However, a ruler, clamp, grinding wheel, leather gloves and eye protection will make the work faster and more comfortable.
Step 2: Cut the Rod
I marked every six inches along the rod. I clamped each section and sawed off each piece with the hacksaw. I then had six 6" sections.
Step 3: Shaping the Ends of the Needles
I turned on the grinding wheel and shaped both ends of each rod. I held my hand steady and rotated the rod at a nice blunt angle. I used sandpaper to smooth the surface, but all of the shaping could be done with sandpaper. I used a match striking motion to get a slightly rounded tip.
Step 4: Get to Knitting
Try out the needles. I like this set for making small creatures and tiny tubes. This probably would be a fine set for socks.