I promised I would not stay away for very long… 😀 I have of course some more projects to show. For school, my oldest needed a donation to be added to a basket that his class put together that was going to be raffled off as a fundraiser. The theme was dinner and a movie. Of course being who I am, I decided to make something, rather then just buy something. Dinner and a movie sounded to me like a date, and dates require some dress-up! I have been wanting to try this yarn my friends had been showing me, yarn that seems to be quite popular at this point in time. It is called ‘Starbella Flash‘, though there are other brands that have very similar yarns. This happened to be what I found at our local craft superstore… It is a yarn that I can best describe as netting. It looks like netting with a glitter edging. Another friend of mine has made really cool collars with it for christmas, but I was working with this in October, so I just followed the pattern for the scarf. Basically you add the loops on your needle, needle size doesn’t matter, because the size of the loops are predetermined by our yarn. And then you keep hooking the loops from on your needle over the new loops that are supplied by the yarn. You know what? Here is a video, which is a little slow, but does show the technique I used pretty clearly. The yarn is made by Premier Yarns, and put up in skeins of 3.5 oz, 33 yards, made from 86% Acrylic, and 14% Glitter. This is the result of casting on 8 stitches, and knitting until it was 4 feet long:
I believe it was pretty well received, I got several compliments about it. While the techniek is more fiddely then ‘normal’, it was not entirely unpleasant. Which is why I also decided to make our nieces each one for Christmas:
These are all made using a cast on of 8, and continuing until the skein ran out. Which made them all just over 4 feet long. I was a little disappointed, out of the 4 skeins I bought to make these scarfs, there were 3 that had a break in the yarn. Because the yarn ruffles so overwhelmingly any discontinuation was easily hidden, but it was still a bit disappointing. I was actually surprised when my last skein (of course) had no break in it! My 1 year old daughter also loved this yarn, and proceeded to unwind at least 3 of the skeins while I was knitting, which of course meant I had to re-assemble something along the lines of a ball out of the mess. This definitely brought home how slippery this yarn actually was. I ended up using metal circular needles to knit these scarfs (my bamboo ones were in use or I would have chosen them), because that turned out to be the only way I didn’t have my work fall off the needles every 5 seconds. But she was completely drawn to the yarn, going after it every chance she got. I actually ended up using the leftovers of the 1st skein to make my daughter a itty bitty scarf (remember, I only knit it to 4 feet long?) I cast on 4 stitches, and it turned into a very cute 2 foot long scarf for her.
She absolutely loves it.
Speaking of my daughter, I also made her a poncho in November. Since I could not find a pattern I wanted, I made my own:
The pattern will be written up, but I have to admit I don’t know when. I used Bernat’s Alpaca Natural Blends, a Bulky yarn that is 70% acrylic and 30 % alpaca. The skeins are 120 yards, 100 grams, and the yarn is very soft and very warm. I walk to school some of the mornings, and even at near freezing temperatures she stays wonderfully warm. At least the parts of her that she keeps under the poncho… LOL When I told my husband that I wanted to knit her a poncho out of the alpaca yarn I had, he asked whether I really wanted to use expensive yarn like that on an item that she would only be able to use for a couple of months. (He really does have a good understanding about what fibers are expensive, and which ones are less so.) But he had not really understood what yarn I wanted to use, as this yarn is not all that expensive, and frugal as I am, I bought every single skein with a coupon… 😀 Once I showed him the yarn, he understood, and wholeheartedly agreed. With a little bit of luck, she might still fit the poncho next year, but we will see.