Sick of the nålbinding posts yet? Me either. I'm having so much fun. Look at all the fun I'm having!
I made myself a new needle today out of bone. I'll admit the bone came from the dog's toybox, but there's nothing wrong with that. I drilled the hole first and then used a hacksaw to cut the general shape I wanted. Then I used a rasp to smooth and shape it further, then fine sandpaper, and finished up with a glass emery board to make it super-smooth. Then I rubbed a tiny bit of beeswax and olive oil into it and buffed it to a shine.
And it works beautifully. Yay!
...incidentally, sawing and sanding bone is kind of smelly. Phooo!