Yesterday, I sat on my butt and knit all day. It was fan-freaking-tastic. Here is my "manly hat
, take 2". I think it's more manly - hope Ric agrees!
I started another of the Yarn Harlot's one row handspun scarf
- with some AMAZING 100% alpaca yarn from Larkspur Funny Farm. Her fiber, and yarn, are TO. DIE. FOR, and I seriously recommend checking out her etsy site
and her cool farm blog
. I prefer to work with handspun, and when I can't, amazing millspun from small family farms is nearly as luscious!!!
My sister requested a "neutral colored" scarf for her niece. I'm not sure if this fits the bill, but it was fun, and turned out really well. I went through my stash and found yarn in colors that i thought went well together - in this case, it was a combo of tans, browns, greens and blues. It doesn't mater the size of yarn - this is in all gauges, including several sock yarns, and some thick silk noil.
I cast on 100 stitches on a size 13 circular needle, leaving long "tails" at each end. At the end of each row, I broke the yarn, again leaving long "tails" - these become the fringe. Next row, I chose a different combination of yarns, and knit all the way to the end. I doubled or even tripled the yarns, sometimes - I was just going for a variety of colors, textures, and thicknesses in each row. I knit about 20 rows, tying the ends in knots every 4-5 rows or so. Cast off loosely, and you're done. it took me under 2 hours, I used up some funky little bits of leftover yarn, and am really pleased with the results.
So much so, that I did it again! This is a much brighter and wilder version, and is destined as a gift for a very "colorful" friend of mine! This one is a blend of ribbon yarn, eyelash yarn, some chenille from a recycled sweater, some sari silk yarn, a bit of handspun, some silk...you name it, it's in there. Texture and color!!!