Granny Square Scarf
I'm really happy with how this turned out. It's super long...almost nine feet!
general adventures in craftiness
The granny square scarf is done and ready to be blocked. I also need to add some fringy tassels to the ends. This was not only a great project, but one that used up lots of my stash. Pictures tomorrow! Now I can focus on finishing the pillow back again. Heading to the beach this weekend, so lots of quality knitting time in the car.
I'm trying to decide between having the granny square scarf one square or two squares wide. One square is about four and a half inches wide. If I used one square it would be approximately 90 inches long. If I used two squares it would be about 54 inches long. And the placement of two squares look nice with all the various bright colors I've been using. I'm leaning towards skinny just because I think it would fit around my neck better than someting that was nine inches wide. I could wrap it around and around several times and be warm and cozy.
I finished the pillow front on Friday evening while watching the Blazers beat the New Orleans Hornets in overtime. The rest of the weekend, I decided to sift through my stash and see what I had. Lots of worsted weight wools in bright colors left over from felting projects. I decided to make a granny square scarf after seeing a little feature on crocheted wares in the Sunday Styles section of the NYTimes. I have crocheted about half the squares I need and will work on the rest this week. I only need about 20-24 squares total.
Mainly due to the fact that I have no extra money to spend on yarn for the rest of this month, I've decided that I need to make some headway on the UFOs that have appeared in my Projects sidebar for who knows how long. A felted pillow cover and a pair of socks. I think I'll work on the pillow cover first. It's about halfway done, so that shouldn't be too hard. I think I'll frog the one sock that's in progress and start from scratch. I was using this free top down sock pattern from the About Knitting site. But does anyone have any other favorite free sock patterns?
Here's the finished Nat sweater. I really like how it turned out, but after trying it on last night, I'm not sure it's me. I'll have to try it on with a shirt underneath like Shetha and Bonne Marie recommended. In terms of the horrible pilling with the Big Wool, Julie M. passed on a tip from her knitting guru: knit a strand of mohair with the chunky yarn and it will be protected from pilling. The mohair somehow coats the chunky yarn. Thanks for the tip!
Like Shetha said, those #35 needles are indeed like knitting with broomsticks. It was a little disconcertng at first, but I was able to finish knitting the turtleneck collar last night. It looks great! I was going to do the edge of the collar with this dark grey color, but I liked the look of one solid color instead. The sweater looks beautiful, but I don't know if it will acutally look good on me. I am also bummed out about the major pilling quality of the Big Wool. I've worn the Twist turtleneck several times now and the sweater sleeves have developed lots of pills near the cuffs. I know that chunky wools tend to pill a lot, but does anyone have any tips?
I was able to finish the front and the back of the sleeveless turtleneck on Saturday. Now I just need to add the collar. I've never used my #35 needles before and when I was testing them out, they seemed quite unwieldy. They were just so big! I missed the SnB meeting on Sunday afternoon. I had too many personal chores I had to take care of. Darn! I've got to try to make it to the next one. Hope everyone had a restful weekend!
I'm thinking about this sweater as my next project. It looks pretty simple from the directions. I have just enough yarn left over from the Twist sweater. My only problem is that I don't know if I would like a sleeveless turtleneck, which seems like such an oxymoron to me. But I like the design and look of this pattern. The body is knitted on #17 needles, but the neck is done on #35 needles.
I finished the sleeves of the turtleneck this weekend. They're blocking now and I think the entire sweater will be ready to assemble tonight. I hope it turns out all right. I completely misjudged the amount of yarn I needed and have four skeins of Big Wool left over. I'm excited to find a new project using this leftover stash...perhaps a cute bag, another hat, or a sleeveless turtleneck.