Recycled Aspirin Bottle Knitting Spool
On my tenth birthday, I received a knitting spool as one of my birthday presents. I loved that thing. I played with my knitting spool all summer long, making bracelets, necklaces, headbands and fancy dresses for my dolls.
Recently, my interest in this craft has revived and I’ve been curious to see what an adult could do with such a simple tool. However, as I currently live in the Middle East, knitting spools aren’t exactly easy to locate
I created my own knitting spool from an empty aspirin bottle. Not only did I have an evening of nostalgic pleasure rediscovering an old love, I also saved a plastic container from the city dump.
Here’s what I did:
First, I removed all labels and identifying information off the bottle. I will probably hand the knitting spool off to one of my nieces eventually, and I don’t want them equating medicine bottles with toys. Plus, the knitting spool looks much nicer without a label on it.
Next, I removed the bottom of the bottle using a small but extremely sharp scissors.
Finally, using the same scissors, I cut four evenly spaced tabs into the walls of the bottle. I removed all the plastic between the tabs.
The resulting spool is surprising strong and flexible and the entire process took less than an hour.