There's nothing better than a little quick and dirty knitting to make you feel like you've accomplished something. I had two such projects fall into my lap last Friday, when the much-anticipated order from Rowan finally arrived!
- Pattern: Rowan Kidsilk Creation Scarf by Gemma Atkinson
- Yarn: 1 sk Rowan Kidsilk Creation (I used color #02, Dewberry)(limited edition yarn!)
- Needle: a sharp-pointed US 7-9 (I used an US8 lace-tipped needle)
- Time: 30 minutes.
No joke - I knit this one up in front of customers here at the shop in about a half an hour. Kidsilk Creation is a knitted tube of the long beloved Rowan CrackKidSilk Haze. There's only 11 yards on one ball of Creation - almost all of the knitting as been done for you! All you have to do is poke your needle through one edge of this amazing tube of Haze - just two stitches - and blubber along. It doesn't have to be clean, or even, or anything. It just works. And ruffles itself up into a lather. This scarf is downright frothy. I love it.
(A tip: wind this one up by hand, around a cardboard support like a paper towel tube or a postcard. Keep the yarn-tube flattened as you wind and it will be much easier to knit.)
(Oh - and limited edition means when it's gone, it's gone!)
The second project wasn't quite as quick or dirty, but a delicious cowl in one weekend of knitting and made with just one skein of yarn is pretty darn close.
- Pattern: Kidsilk Stripe Cowl, by moi
- Yarn: 1 sk Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (I used color #002, Cool)
- Needles: US 8 (5.0mm) 16" circular
This is another new yarn from Rowan and Kaffe Fassett, the color genius. They took Kidsilk Haze, doubled the size of the skein, and dyed it in amazing, slow-striping colorways. This little cowl is a pattern I whipped up to show off the stripey colors. It's welts are made with all knit stitches (how'd she do that, you wonder!), so it's the ultimate in mindless knitting. The colors contained in each skein are impossible to see from the outside of the ball, so the entertainment comes from seeing which colors pop up next!