Big fluffy scarf - May 23, 2006
My boyfriend recently noticed my grocery bag dispenser, which I bought at the 'everythings $1' store years ago. It's a simple square of cloth, sewn together like a tube with elastic on the bottom. You put those plastic grocery bags in the top and fish one out with your finger from the bottom. It's a handy little place to store grocery bags, which I prefer to recycle rather than throw them away. It really is a pretty cool cheap-ass gadget. He marveled at it and said, "you could knit this".
"Of course I can," I told him.
So I chose the cheapest, gawdiest yarn I could find (Red Heart Super Saver, in Bikini) and cast on a tube. Admittedly, I should have started with a few rounds of garter stitch, but I wasn't thinking at the time. I fixed the resulting curl by putting in a drawstring at the top (it's Ticker Tape, in case you're wondering), from which it hangs.
My parnter, Keith, of 26 years is feeling a little left of MWK as I neglected to mention him in my bio and the fact that he is a knitter of many years too. So to save our relationship I have attached some pics of his work. Both sweaters were done several years ago but have served very well. The natural cream sweater had a polo neck which Keith found a bit too warm for our mid Aussie winters. Keith is left handed but knits right handed and consquently his tension tends to be tight but his stitchs are very even, more so than mine. We both like nothing better in the cooler months than to put on a DVD and toast our feet by the fire with our respective knitting projects.
Just wanted to say a quick hello. I just joined the site and am already enjoying it. I've learned to knit when I was probably 8 or 9, but have been knitting regularly for the last 10 years or so.
My partner and I live in Clearwater, Florida. Don't currently have anything on the needles (GASP!) but just finished two of the cadet caps from the current issue of knitty and a sweater/shrug set for my neice who is graduating this month.
Thanks for the interest that several of you have shown in my first dyed scarf project. Several have requested a pic of the scarf, albeit in progress, to show the colors and how the orange is playing into the colors. So . . . attached is a pic of what has been done so far (only about 12 inches thus far; the total length will be 60 inches). There is no special pattern; just simple 5 X 7 rib; 100% Brown Sheep wool, worsted weight, knit on #8 needles. I hope the colors show
Here is a glimpse of the sweater I am working at present. Have just finished the back of this sweater and started on the front. It is a wedge shaped garment and hopefully won't be too small at the waist for me!!! This will be the first garment I have knitted for me for many years. Usually I have too many orders from friends etc. It is 8ply and knitted on 4mm needles, the yarn is from a small outlet in Victoria where I have been buying yarn for many years.
i got this scarlet chenille yarn a week ago and am hammering out a matching scarf and hat set for my mom. this is the first time i've ever used this stuff and i think it is addictive.....having odd thoughts of doing a series of afghans then grafting them together to make one huge bed cover.......tho' so far i've found picking up stitches with this yarn is something of a pain tho' that's probably more a function of my habit of keeping everything too tight than a function of the character of the yarn.
I have a gazillion UFOs, but I've been mostly working on the Elizabeth Zimmermann "baby surprise sweater" for a friend's baby that wasn't due until June 10th. He was born May 11th. I don't think I will ever make anything on time for anyone! lol