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hillstreetmama
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Posted - 12/07/2010 :  8:16:46 PM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm trying to find some very small thread nippers (or snippers), or even (last choice) folding scissors to put in a small box of knitting necessities to carry with a WIP. I'm going to make one or more or these little "kits" for me, and several for gifts. Most thread snips are over 4 inches, and that takes up too much room. I've got most of the other bits to put in, but cannot find a "cutter" of any kind that's very small.

I've googled snippers/nippers/scissors(folding and otherwise). I've searched ebay. I'm running out of places to look, and wondering if I need to use a different word in my search.

I'm usually pretty good at tracking things down. I figure that if someone makes it, I can find it. But I can't seem to find this. My ideal thing to find would be a spring-action thread clipper that is only about 3 inches long. I know it's out there somewhere. Can anyone help?

Jan

Consuelo
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Posted - 12/07/2010 :  8:41:08 PM  Show Profile Send Consuelo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How about one of those cutting pendants. I have one and it's small, cuts great, and you can hang it around your neck.

Consuelo
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lknitter
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Posted - 12/07/2010 :  8:59:31 PM  Show Profile Send lknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here is the link to HiyaHiya's snipper

http://hiyahiyanorthamerica.com/hiyahiya-puppy-snips-assorted-colors-p-26578.html

Betty
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kbshee
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Posted - 12/07/2010 :  10:19:47 PM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Puppy snips?
Oops, that is what lknitter suggested.

kim in oregon
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Panhandle Jane
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Posted - 12/07/2010 :  10:49:36 PM  Show Profile Send Panhandle Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've been using some kindergarten scissors that I got cheaply at the beginning of the school year. They are actually Fiskars, so the cutting part is sharp, but the points are rounded so that they don't poke anything else in my bag. AND they were purchased far more cheaply than "official" knitting snips, so if I lose them, no big deal.

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hillstreetmama
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Posted - 12/08/2010 :  05:13:45 AM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've got a pair of those Fiskars from when my kids were in grade school. They live in my kitchen & I use them for cutting open all those "easy open", "just tear here" packages. They're great because they never wander off! No one "borrows" them, because they're too small.

However, for packing in a little knitting case (like a Folca box), the handles are thick, and they're still 4 inches long!

I've thought about the puppy snips, but they're almost ridiculously small, and about $7 a pop.

Jan
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pjkite
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Posted - 12/08/2010 :  05:25:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit pjkite's Homepage  Send pjkite a Yahoo! Message Send pjkite a Private Message  Reply with Quote
On the other hand, the puppy snips are sharp, and you can often find them for 50% off. I have a set and love them - carry them around in a small knit kit that I shove in with my WIP. They're perfect for that use! I also have a couple of the pendants, and they also work well - but I seem to misplace them more often.

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ikkivan
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Posted - 12/08/2010 :  12:55:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I, too, like the puppy snips (HiyaHiya) and have used them for prizes/rewards for my young teen knitting students as I am trying to help them "furnish" their own knitting bags; they love them. I'd love to know where to find them for half price! I've bought them from Loopy Ewe and Paradise Fibers for $4.50; too high at Patternworks.

I also have some of the folding scissors (I have scissors or snips in each knitting bag I have) ... some AWFUL, flimsy ones from China and some absolutely wonderful folding scissors made in the USA (can't remember where I got them, KnitPicks maybe, but long ago).

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.
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Ceil
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Posted - 12/09/2010 :  10:48:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lknitter

Here is the link to HiyaHiya's snipper

http://hiyahiyanorthamerica.com/hiyahiya-puppy-snips-assorted-colors-p-26578.html

Betty



This is what I was going to recommend. I haven't used mine yet; I guess I bought it more because it's really cute (although it would be better if it were a cat ).

Ooh! Just used it to cut a long tail on my current WIP. Works great! It comes in different colors, too.

Ceil
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purlthis
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Posted - 12/09/2010 :  11:20:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use nail clippers. 99 cents!

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Panhandle Jane
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Posted - 12/09/2010 :  12:35:35 PM  Show Profile Send Panhandle Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
And, I must admit that in a pinch, I have gnawed. After all, if one can spit splice. . . .

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jtamsn
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Posted - 12/09/2010 :  12:37:00 PM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Patternworks has the puppy snips for $5.49. I have found small foldable scissors at fabric stores, like Joann's.
judy
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phlame
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Posted - 12/09/2010 :  6:47:43 PM  Show Profile Send phlame a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Most every place else they are $4.50.

Shirley, Dana Point, CA

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hillstreetmama
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Posted - 12/12/2010 :  07:03:24 AM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My LYS just got in some puppy snips, so I picked some up, but am not thrilled. They're kind of "thick", too, but I'll try them.

I found these 2-inch scissors (search for "little gems") http://www.123stitch.com/cgi-perl/abcSearch/search.cgi on several sites. They were on sale on another site ($2 off), but the shipping was more than $3 dollars higher, so it was no bargain. I will get a pair of these, too, and see which I prefer.

I also found these 2 1/2 inch http://store.stoneycreek.com/litl-snip-percision-scissors-p5510.aspx If you scroll down, they also carry the little gems. I didn't check their shipping.

Jan
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lella
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Posted - 12/12/2010 :  12:35:10 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have some scissors that are very tiny, probably the size of Little Gems. That's what I carry, as they fit inside of a needle nest that goes with me,too. They were actually bought for cross stitch, as was the needle nest. Cross-Crafting! Little Snips seem great, as are folding scissors, or teeth. I love that Jane! hehe

Lella
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achrisvet
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Posted - 12/13/2010 :  1:20:13 PM  Show Profile Send achrisvet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lacis.com has some very tiny scissors.
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Shalee
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Posted - 12/13/2010 :  7:50:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The little gems are cute and I liked the look of the size of the finger holes.

I have something like the HiyaHiya snipper, but mine are lousy, don't cut worth a darn.

I have a small pair of scissors that came with my sewing machine, years ago. It has it's own case. I keep them in my knitting pencil case. I have the small Clover cutter that I keep by my knitting chair, hanging on the floor lamp switch. My best scissors are my Gingher for embroidery that have a leather cover for the points. I wouldn't think of taking them out of my house!

Sharon in NW PA
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K2P2
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Posted - 12/15/2010 :  10:01:37 PM  Show Profile Send K2P2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
These are the snips I learned to use in garment construction during Home Ec. They are available from other mfgrs. at 4"

http://www.abullrun.com/g-tnke.html

Another type of cutter that intrigues me can be found here:

http://www.allstitch.net/product/gingher-4-featherweight-thread-nippers-1497.cfm

Try googling 'thread snips' and you will open up some new options.
Good Luck!
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scarfitup
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Posted - 12/16/2010 :  05:04:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit scarfitup's Homepage Send scarfitup a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was a middle school teacher for many years and bought for my classroom a bunch of colored-handled children's scissors. Some are somewhat pointed; some are blunt-nosed, but they all work great as thread cutters. In addition, I have NEVER been stopped at airline security with them. But then, I have also never been stopped with 14" metal knitting needles either (which I could consider a lethal weapon - if threatened!) Anyway, I have these small scissors in every bag and all over the house and my studio. Love them - and they are very inexpensive.

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istuke
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Posted - 12/16/2010 :  06:41:09 AM  Show Profile Send istuke a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How about a small dental floss? (sample size like from the dentist is ideal)? You can use the floss cutter for cutting your yarn, and in a pinch you can use the floss itself as a stitch holder and/or lifeline. They fit well in a little kit.

Otherwise, there are nice foldable scissors available for around $5.
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Cougar1
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Posted - 12/16/2010 :  07:33:46 AM  Show Profile Send Cougar1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
size=6]I have a pair of kids scissors from the dollar store, a pair of folding scissors and nail clippers in three of my kits...I prefer the nail clippers...takes up so little room (fits in an altoid size tin with other notions) and clips everything so well. [/size=6]
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