Knitters are just the coolest people. When I was at Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle, a toy knitter (and occasional) commenter here) named Deb stopped me at one point and told me that she had an ideal tool for getting stuffing into small spaces: hemostats! The word was vaguely familiar to me, and I made a mental note to check it out. But before I could do so, Deb surprised me a month or so later by sending me a pair.

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They look like scissors, but the tips have little teeth that make them handy for grasping all sorts of small things with precision. They’re also made so that it’s easy to lock them in place as they pinch something—I haven’t used this feature yet, but I imagine it could be really helpful for some things (aside from surgical procedures). In any case, I tried them out, and they really are great for inserting a pinch of stuffing into a small object.

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Probably the original designer didn’t have this in mind, but a quick internet search showed me that they’re pretty affordable and people are using them for all sorts of small projects where standard pliers are too big or clumsy.

This makes me curious about what other kinds of unconventional tools knitters are using for stuffing or other techniques. If you have a little invention, please share in the comments!

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