Step 1: Find Your Makeshift Materials and Workshop
Knitting needles can be made out of broken needles, chopsticks, dowels, paint bushes, pencils and/or dry dead tree branches
Knitting needles can be shaped with knives, utility knives, keys, sandpaper, pavement, asphalt, windows and/or large rocks.
Road and Curb: Many streets are paved with corse asphalt. Sidewalks are generally concrete.
Restaurants: Chinese, Japanese, and Thai restaurants have chopsticks that they may give you with (or without) a meal. Bamboo chopsticks are ideal because they tend to be straight grained.
Grocery Stores & Malls : Grocery stores often have a kitchen supply section, or food court with chopsticks. The store may also have
pencils, paintbrushes, sandpaper and utility knives.
Kitchen Supply Stores: Kitchen supply stores may carry chopsticks and brushes.
Hardware, Hobby or Craft Stores: Hardwood dowels can be found in various sizes at most hardware, hobby and art stores. If you find a hardware store you may also want to purchase sandpaper and an utility knife.
Park & or Landscaping: Landscaping often includes trees or bushes and large rocks. Most trees have several small dry dead limbs. Dead limbs will not have leaves on them in the summer and should make a satisfying snap when broken. Larger parks often have a brush pile where you can steal a few prunings. Tear the branch straight down and off the trunk of the tree. The bark can be scraped off the branch with a fingernail or a key.
Step 2: Trimming
Step 3: Roughing Out the Shape
Step 4: "Sanding"
Step 5: Burnishing
Step 6: Get Back to Knitting!
The wool may continue to smooth out the needles. If there are snags, the wood is not sufficiently smooth.