Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Quickie

Disclaimer: It's not that kind of post. Besides, I've talked enough about the fire down below this week.

This post is about quick knits.

Besides the fact that these are all meant to decorate the neck, what do these three items have in common?

They're done, of course.

I mean with the exception of weaving in ends, adding buttons and a little felting action (Lord, help me...it took forever to knit that Kidsilk Haze scarf). And those hazelnuts? What pray tell will Rudee do with the nuts? Besides the grocery check out clerk's frustration when she couldn't find acorns on the price list, thereby giving me the best chuckle of the day, these are not going to be consumed.

Here are those nuts all tied up with itty-bitty hair ties. After a run through the hot soapy water and about 3 minutes of agitation, it felted beautifully by the way, it's now drying. It lost more width than length, but I think the weight of the nuts helps maintain length. When it's completely dry, I'll liberate the nuts and in their place will be a three dimensional scarf with 22 tiny bubbles that maintain their shape.

Top to bottom neck warmers:
  1. Buttoned Muffler. Pattern by Sally Melville from the book, Mother -Daughter Knits, Sally Melville & Caddy Melville Ledbetter. Yarn: Less than 1 skein Araucania Yarns, Coliumo Solid, Color # 3 (a pretty pale greenish blue). Soft as a baby's behind and about a 3 hour knit. Hint: it's entirely possible that 2 skeins would make 3 neckwarmers.
  2. Button Up Neck Warmer. Pattern by Mavis Adam from the Summer 2009 issue of Spin-Off Magazine, p70. Yarn: Rudee's Creamsicle Handspun (merino and silk). This easy to memorize pattern knit up in about 2 days. Most of you don't spin, but you may be able to find this magazine in a library. If you lack a pretty handspun, try a commercial worsted weight yarn. It's a very showy pattern for hand painted or space dyed yarn, too. Because it's a simple slip stitch pattern, it appears woven. It was the best woven effect I could achieve without a loom. Are you hearing me Santa?
  3. Angel Puff Scarf. Pattern by Nicky Epstein, from the book Knitting Never Felt Better, The Definitive Guide to Fabulous Felting by Nicky Epstein. Yarn: 1 Skein Rowan Kidsilk Haze in a hand painted one of a kind colorway (sorry). Pattern notes: 225 yards of RKH in a stockinette pattern takes FOREVER and a day but took less than 5 minutes to felt. I used only 22 nuts, but the pattern called for 48. That was too many bubbles for me. It looks awesome hanging over my lamp to dry. Can't wait to see how those bubbles turn out.

Hello there beautiful! What do you want to be when you're all knit up? Look how nice and plump you are...that means no matter how you end up, you're going to be a fast knit. Though I much prefer finer weight yarns, it's this time of year when I embrace the phat stuff.

And so it goes. Once again, after all I said about not doing this to myself, I've been sucked into holiday knitting. In addition to the above, I knit one other Sally Melville neck warmer, one double knit Michigan hat (hello? that's two hats in one) that the recipient is already using and have an additional plain Michigan hat in the works. I've completed one of two socks that are going (as a set) to a reader. I know, I know, I'm slow, but the holidays kind of snuck up on me. What can I say? Soon, my friend.


Rositta said...

Very nice, I like the "nuts", he he...I'm doing some last minute knitting as well, slippers to be felted. I learned to my horror from the Yarn Harlot that I may have inadvertently "killed" the pump on my washing machine with all the felting I've done in it. I had no idea that could happen, did you? I'll only felt inside a bag from now on...ciao

Stephanie V said...

That's pretty cool felting...can't wait to see how it turns out.

Miss T said...

I love shibori. Can't wait to see how yours turns out.

Brenda said...

Those are some real Beauties! And it is nice to have all of this to come back to when I am looking for something quick to knit. Thanks for all the info.

Gail said...

I like it with the nuts left on.

Ari_1965 said...

On that episode of the original Star Trek series when Spock goes into the mating frenzy that all Vulcan males experience every seven years and the betrothed who doesn't want to marry him sets it up so Spock has to fight Kirk, one of the weapons they use on each other is a lirpa, a long, scarf-like thing with some kind of shot or metal thingies in each end. Well, my point (and there is one) is that if you left the acorns on your scarf you could use it as some sort of weapon. I mean, the person behind you at the supermarket checkout lane bangs her cart into your hip one too many times and you whip the scarf off your neck with a dramatic, yet graceful motion and just happen to whack her right across the head with it which is just what she deserves but of course you can claim it was accident.

Miss 376 said...

I love the nuts on the scarf.

laurie said...

"sucked into holiday knitting." word you won't read on my blog, ever.

but i do like that blueish yarn. and i love the nuts!

Rudee said...

Just for Ari's scenario, I may leave the nuts in the scarf. Very funny and I can picture it all.

sapphireblue said...

Awesome idea of using the weapon. You're right, this time of year gets you thinking about those thicker yarns.

Anonymous said...

I was feeling agreement with Ari when your comment popped up. Wear it and take it off and swing it around when out at night in a suspicious area. Rudee, you are a jewel. I just love ya.