I felt that I left you hanging at the end of my SSH seeks FFLP post. Why? Because I got you hooked into “Ooo what *can* I do with a single skein of handspun?” then left you hanging on exactly how to do it. Rather, I wrote that post for the advanced, adventurous knitter type who turns up their nose at patterns and simply isn’t afraid to frog a project 10 jillion times. It bothered me that I didn’t have something to offer the advanced beginner.
As I’m learning, many of you knitting types (of all experience levels) are not comfortable deviating from a pattern, knitting to explore and try new things, or haven’t been on Ravelry (for shame!). Yes, all this does make me quite sad, the Ravlery part especially so. The Rav has SO much to offer us fiber fiends, from seeing just how a knit up pattern looks (awful on everyone sometimes, I won’t lie) to finding classified ad’s for drop spindles. The down side to this amazing registered-user-only site is that it is not search able from Google. So, unless you’re logged in and looking at the site, you just don’t know what you’re missing. Why does that matter to a novice who would care about “what the heck to do with a single skein of handspun?” Because if you have a skein of anything, you can just pop on Ravelry, put in yardage estimates or even search for the yarnieand come up with hundreds of options from other people’s projects to existing patterns. It’s amazing and will blow your mind. It blew my mind and I’m STILL trying to find it.
For you home fix it types, imagine having a box full of PVC pipe, PVC T’s, glue, and some PVC elbows. You figure out just what quantities of each you have, enter it into a search engine and out pop several projects that will make use of that exact amount of PVC junk. And, to top it off, you can see photos of the finished projects that other people have made from that same amount of PVC junk. You can decide if you like it; some people may have added “Helpful notes” on how much time it took them or how satisfied they are with their PVC Junk statue. It’s functionality is immensely broad and deeply amazing.
If you would like to make your own version of this cowl here are my guidelines:
Experience:Advanced Beginner. Must know how to knit in the round and bind-off. If you do not, please search You-Tube for videos.
- Yarn = 4 oz of super bulky yarn. Approximately 30 – 70 yards. Exactness not important, you’ll knit until it’s gone.
- Needles = US 17
- Gauge is probably 1 -2 sts / inch
- CO 30 – 40 (leave 4 – 7″ tail).
- Join to knit in the round (do not twist).
- Knit until yarn is 3 x the circumference of the cowl. This should allow you enough to cast off and have a tail to weave in at the end.
- Bind off, weave in ends.