Friday, November 18, 2011
My pointer fingers have these hard "pads" on the ends of them from months and months of knitting with size 3 needles. I am pretty sure that my fingerprints have been forever altered; I'm not sure, but I wonder why criminals haven't picked up on knitting--hello! changing fingerprints! (Perhaps all the criminals who may be reading my blog and pick up knitting will find a more therapeutic and productive way to use their time?)
I've been on the hunt to find a project where I could use larger needles and save some of my fingerprint integrity. Maybe not THIS big...
...but something a little larger than size 3.
I recently got inspired from my craft icon and one of my grad school besties up in WI from a recent cowl project she made detailed over on Anthologie. She didn't mention it, but I'm pretty sure she used that 25th hour she pulls out of her hand sewn pocket to whip up this cozy gift for her sister.
Anthologie blog...you'll immediately want to search ebay for a sewing machine and want to spend a night roaming her closet just to pick up trendy inspiration. And she's good about throwing up some amazing recipes on her blog, too.)
I am a huge scarf person. What I mean is that I have 2 scarves that I wear ALL of the time. They are meant to be worn for function and not fashion. But that doesn't stop me from strategically leaving them on with any and all outfits at work. I'm a trendy girl living in a Goodwill body, so cowls, although I like to put them on my boards on Pinterest, I know will just inspire things like quizzical stares from fellow friends and co-workers.
(Bee-tee-dubs...I just figured out how to give y'all a button to follow me on Pinterest! I cannot think of any advantages to doing so as I'm pretty vanilla in my pins, but if I can assure you that I'll contribute that big black hole that your nighttime hours go into when you find that 2 hours of your life have gone missing after what you feel like was a quick jaunt around Pinterest.)
Focus, Ali...right...I'm not a fashionista. Case in point, I wore boots OVER my jeans the other day, and my friend at work was like, "ALI! YOU ARE WEARING HEELS!" Truth is, I wear heels on a number of occasions, but I knew the undertones of her comment were: "You are one gutsy gal trying to pull off a rider boot over a skinny jean look. But the problem is, you are not wearing riding boots...and your jeans are bulging out of the top of the boot. Ah, but I'll make you feel better and comment on the heel aspect."
And guess what I paired that junior varsity attempt at trend: a homemade cowl.
I don't deal with the lack of response well, so the cowl may have to hang up on my coat rack for a bit longer. And actually, I'm calling it a scowl. Not because it makes me give a sour face, but because I am really just not trendy enough to say I own a cowl. So it's my scarf-cowl, or scowl.
It was a really easy pattern available for free on Ravelry that was developed after a knitter stalked the GAP and counted the stitches in their highly expensive cowl for sale. It uses larger circular needles and follows a beginner's seed stitch. Now, I am like varsity beginner knitter, so I was not worried about pattern intricacy, but rather, time. It took me about 4 days, and I did it while going into the knitting zone in front of TV. The problem with that is I would find myself forgetting to alternate stitches, and had a row with about 2-4 stitches going into cable. Ooops! It's hardly noticeable. And then I got eager the night before I tragically wore it to work, and snipped really fast all of the ends. What I failed to recognize is that I need to be as deliberate with finishing off and cutting big projects as I am with little ones. I snipped right into my pattern, and had to do some creative knitting and stitching to hide the holes. Finally, I used a heavier weight yarn than what was recommended, and had fewer yards, so I had to "guess" at how long it would be before I could finish my last row. I had BARELY enough yarn left for the last row, so I seed stitched that bad boy of 131 stitches TIGHT. Consequence? The 2 circumferences are not equal in tension. Ah well. The coat hanger doesn't mind...
When in doubt, pair your less than par creations with small children. Especially ones with boogies and pasta sauce caked on their faces.
It was really a fun project, and if I felt comfortable wearing cowls, I would make more. So if any of you want to go to Lucifer's Lair (yes, I linked that to Michael's craft store) and pick out and buy 2 skeins of appropriate yarn: I'll see what I can do about getting you your own scowl. (I call it, therapy through needles.)
From the sleep deprived brain of Ali at 11:16 AM