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Tin-Can Knitting

Turn a tin can into a simple, homemade version of the Knitting Nancy, or spool knitter — a great way to work with bright yarn on a winter day.

What you’ll need

  • Can opener
  • Clean 15-ounce can
  • Duct tape
  • 12 (8d 2 1/2-inch) finish nails
  • Permanent marker

How to make it

  • Use the can opener to remove the can's top and bottom.

  • With a strip of duct tape, secure a nail to the outside of the can so that its head is 1 1/2 inches above the top rim. Tape a second nail directly opposite the first, then evenly space ten more nails around the rim.

  • Apply small strips of tape between each nail to cover the top rim, then fold a strip over the bottom rim.

  • With permanent marker, number the nails 1 to 12.