Last night I finally finished the scarf I started nine months ago, then set aside [and totally forgot about] to make 2010 the year of embroidery. I turned it into a Möbius strip.
Basically it’s just an infinity scarf. Well, because of the Möbius strip shape it LITERALLY is an infinity scarf. 😉 When I was explaining Möbius strips to Morgan last night I said “Imagine you’re a little skateboarder and you skateboard along the scarf…FOREVER!” Haha.
I love it. It is sooo warm because it is super think [thick yarn+K2P2 ribbing]. It wraps twice (probably could more if you really wanted) because it was about 6.5 feet tall before I attached the ends together.
However, no matter how much I love this song and video below, I doubt I’ll be wearing mine as a hood/scarf [apparently sometimes called a “snood” haha].
Gratuitous cat pictures that I just found, from about a year ago in San Francisco:
[also, looking at photos of our cozy old room last winter is the first time I’ve officially missed living in The City, which is weird seeing as how that was 8 months ago… 😦 ]
My current “To Do” list:
- Sew and stuff a stuffed log for my Halloween costume. (The Twin Peaks log lady). I don’t want to carry around a heavy real log so I got felt and fiberfill and will just make my own psychic log.
- Applique and embroider 2 Christmas stockings.
- Knit fingerless gloves for the BF (his request…may require some cable knitting which worries me a bit).
- Finish knitting my scarf (still only about 2/3 done ugh).
- Embroider Christmas ornaments…about 5-10.
Luckily it is already becoming very cold so I have an excuse to just stay curled up in the house sipping Trader Joe’s apple cider curled up in an afghan and not answering my phone so I can get all of this done.
My friend Jamie taught me how to bead, and in return wanted me to teach her how to knit. So for her birthday I gave her a set of nice knitting needles and some beautiful yarn to make into a scarf (the easiest beginners project). Of course, the gift wouldn’t be complete without this silly little gift tag that I made using yarn, toothpicks, beads, and the cardboard from a toilet paper roll! I love this idea for knitted gifts at the holidays, or anytime really. Anything miniature (especially when it has to do with crafting) = ADORABLE.
Get the tutorial here.
I read this post about strangers bonding over knitting in a San Francisco park despite age, cultural and language barriers, and thought it was the sweetest thing (I may have even cried, but I’m not telling). However, the one thing that really stuck with me was the mention of keeping unused colors tightly wrapped around the edge…I realized that I’d never knit with more than one color yarn before! I had used self-striping, multi-colored yarn but that was the easy way out. It was time to learn to “carry yarn,” also known as “stranding.” Luckily, it was easier than I thought! Basically, you just wrap the color you are switching to around the color you just finished using.
Here is a video from Lion Brand Yarn showing how to simply carry yarn which really helped me.
And this is my scarf so far (I say “so far” because I need to go buy more yarn to make it longer). It’s knit with a simple ribbed pattern: Row 1&2: K2 P2 (28 stitches) in 1st color. Row 3&4: K2 P2 in 2nd color. Thats it! This is the thickest yarn I’ve ever used, and it knits up so quickly. Sometimes a really quick project with fast results is just what you need to feel accomplished. 🙂
UPDATE: I’m really not exaggerating when I say the cat thinks any craft I do is made just for her. (Hence her nickname Knitty Kitty…she comes running whenever I start crafting and will watch me knit for hours). See photo evidence of my one-eyed, cactus-haired little monster below: